June 14, 2012
College World Series Capsules
College World Series Schedule
CWS First-time Appearances
NCAA Interactive Bracket
By Phil Stanton and Sean Ryan
From 64 to 16 to 8, we’ve reached the pinnacle,
the College World Series. As we prepare for the games in Omaha, CBI takes a look inside
There are five different conferences represented
in this year’s College World Series field. The SEC leads with
three (Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina). The last time there
were no SEC teams in Omaha was 1992. There is a pair of Pac-12
participants (Arizona, UCLA). You have to go back to 1996 to
find a CWS field with no Pac-12 teams. Florida State is the
lone ACC representative. The last CWS without an ACC squad was
2005. Kent State represents the Mid-American Conference. The
last MAC school to reach Omaha was Eastern Michigan in 1976,
finishing as national runner-up. Stony Brook is the first
America East program to reach the CWS. (photo by Jimmy Jones)
State of Affairs
This year’s octet hails from seven different
states. There are two teams from Florida and one from Arizona,
Arkansas, California, New York, Ohio and South Carolina. The
last time all eight schools were from eight different states was
Kent State is the third program from the state of
Ohio to reach the College World Series and the first since Mike
Schmidt led the Ohio Bobcats to Omaha in 1970. Ohio State made
four trips (1951, 1965, 1966, 1967).
Stony Brook is the sixth school from the state of
New York to make the College World Series and the first since
St. John’s appeared in 1980. Other teams to reach Omaha include
Colgate, Ithaca, New York U. and Syracuse.
Only once before has the CWS field included a
team from Ohio and a team from New York. Ohio State and St.
John’s both reached Omaha in 1966, with the Buckeyes winning the
Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is one of three
coaches to bring three different schools to the College World
Series. Lopez guided Pepperdine to Omaha 20 years ago, in 1992.
He led Florida to the CWS in 1996 and 1998, while bringing the
Wildcats in 2004. The other two coaches are Larry Cochell (Oral
Roberts, Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma) and Ron Polk (Georgia
Southern, Mississippi State, Georgia).
Horn of Plenty
Arkansas skipper Dave Van Horn is one of two
coaches to bring two different teams to Omaha multiple times.
This is his third time bringing the Razorbacks to the CWS (2004,
2009, 2012). Van Horn also led Nebraska to Rosenblatt Stadium in
2001 and 2002. The second coach is Augie Garrido (Cal State
Florida State is seventh in the nation in on-base
percentage (.406). One huge factor is that three of the top five
players in drawing walks are Seminoles. Sherman Johnson is
second with 65, James Ramsey is fourth with 60 and Stephen McGee
is fifth with 58.