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June 13, 2013

LSU CWS bracket breakdown

For most of the college baseball season, three teams - North Carolina, Vanderbilt and LSU - stood above the rest.

With eight teams preparing for the start of the College World Series Saturday, the Commodores are home. The Tar Heels and the Tigers find themselves in the same bracket of the CWS. The winner of this bracket could be the one which takes two of three potential games between North Carolina and LSU.

The Tar Heels have not done it in a pretty fashion, but they were able to survive a regional and a super-regional at Chapel Hill. North Carolina also won both the ACC regular-season and tournament title.

Both UCLA and North Carolina State were awarded bids to the NCAA tournament. The Bruins finished third in the Pac-12 behind Oregon State and Oregon. The Wolfpack finished fourth in the ACC behind North Carolina, Virginia and Florida State. North Carolina State lost two of three games to the Tar Heels.

UCLA is not a good offensive team, but does have solid pitching. David Berg, who has 21 saves, is one of the best closers in the country. North Carolina State No. 1 pitcher Carlos Rodon is talented enough to send North Carolina into the losers' bracket Sunday.

Here is information regarding LSU's bracket in the College World Series.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BRACKET II SCHEDULE

Sunday, June 16
Game 3: North Carolina State vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m.
Game 4: UCLA vs. LSU, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18
Game 7: North Carolina State-North Carolina loser vs. UCLA-LSU loser, 2 p.m.
Game 8: North Carolina State-North Carolina winner vs. UCLA-LSU winner, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 20
Game 10: game 7 winner vs. game 8 loser, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 21
Game 12: game 8 winner vs. game 10 winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 22
Game 14: same teams as game 12 (if necessary), 7 p.m.

North Carolina (National Seed No. 1) - 57-10, 21-7 in ACC
ACC regular-season and tournament champion, Chapel Hill regional and super-regional champion
Record against teams in NCAA tournament: 28-10
Record against teams in College World Series: 2-1
College World Series appearances/titles: 10/0

Team batting average: .306
Team earned run average: 2.78
Team fielding percentage: .975

Top hitters
Cody Stubbs, Sr., 1B -- .366 BA, 8 HR, 76 RBI
Landon Lassiter, Fr., DH -- .361, 1 HR, 27 RBI
Colin Moran, Jr., 3B -- .343, 13 HR, 88 RBI
Brian Holberton, Jr., C -- .309, 11 HR, 56 RBI
Chaz Frank, Sr., OF -- .298, 1 HR, 35 RBI

Top pitchers
Kent Emanuel, Jr., LH - 11-3, 2.93 ERA
Benton Moss, So., RH - 8-1, 3.78 ERA
Hobbs Johnson, Jr., LH - 4-1, 2.62 ERA
Trent Thornton, Fr., RH - 11-1, 8 saves

LSU (National Seed No. 4) - 57-9, 23-7 in SEC
SEC tournament champion, Baton Rouge regional and super-regional champion
Record against teams in NCAA tournament: 24-8
Record against teams in College World Series: 2-1
College World Series appearances/titles: 16/6 (last title coming in 2009)

Team batting average: .308
Team earned run average: 2.41
Team fielding percentage: .980

Top hitters
Alex Bregman, Fr., SS -- .380 BA, 6 HR, 52 RBI
Mason Katz, Sr., 1B -- .366, 15 HR, 68 RBI
Raph Rhymes, Sr., OF -- .343, 4 HR, 42 RBI
Christian Ibarra, Jr., 3B -- .315, 6 HR, 39 RBI
JaCoby Jones, Jr., 2B -- .299, 6 HR, 31 RBI

Top pitchers
Aaron Nola, So., RH - 12-0, 1.68 ERA
Ryan Eades, Jr., RH - 8-1, 2.79 ERA
Cody Glenn, So., LH - 7-2, 2.41 ERA
Chris Cotton, Sr., LH - 4-1, 16 saves

UCLA - 44-17, 21-9 in Pac-12
Los Angeles regional champion and Fullerton super-regional champion
Record against teams in NCAA tournament: 9-8
Record against College World Series teams: 1-2
College World Series appearances/titles: 5/0

Team batting average: .251
Team earned run average: 2.69
Team fielding percentage: .980

Top hitters
Kevin Kramer, So., 3B -- .279 BA, 3 HR, 40 RBI
Eric Filia, So., OF -- .278, 1 HR, 25 RBI
Brian Carroll, Jr., OF-- .259, 0 HR, 20 RBI
Pat Valaika, Jr., SS -- .257, 5 HR, 44 RBI
Shane Zeile, So., C -- .242, 2 HR, 20 RBI

Top pitchers
Nick Vander Tuig, Jr., RH - 12-4, 2.37 ERA
Adam Plutko, Jr., RH - 8-3, 2.35 ERA
Grant Wilson, So., LH - 8-3, 3.22 ERA
David Berg, So., RH - 7-0, 21 saves

North Carolina State - 49-14, 19-10 in ACC
Raleigh regional and super-regional champion
Record against teams in NCAA tournament: 20-10
Record against College World Series teams: 1-2
College World Series appearances/titles: 2/0

Team batting average: .279
Team earned run average: 3.09
Team fielding percentage: .970

Top hitters
Trea Turner, So., SS -- .378 BA, 7 HR, 41 RBI
Jake Fincher, So., OF -- .327, 0 HR, 29 RBI
Tarron Senay, Sr., 1B -- .291, 8 HR, 58 RBI
Brett Austin, So., C -- .258, 2 HR, 36 RBI
Brett Williams, Sr., OF -- .251, 3 HR, 31 RBI

Top pitchers
Carlos Rodon, So., LH - 9-2, 3.19 ERA
Ethan Ogburn, Sr., RH - 5-3, 2.70 ERA
Brad Stone, Fr., LH - 3-2, 5.28 ERA
Grant Sasser, Sr., LH - 3-0, 8 saves


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