Baseball Tourney preview

The Wildcats made it to the NCAA Tournament, but the selection committee did them no favors. Despite being a top-10 team, the Cats receive a two-seed and will be shipped to the Fullerton Regional, hosted by the defending national champion Cal State Fullerton.

The Cats' first game is against Missouri on Friday.

Missouri Tigers (3-seed)
39-21; 16-11 Big 12 Conference (4th)
Big Wins: Oklahoma (three times), Texas (once), Baylor (twice)
Best Hitters: James Boone (.347, 7 HR, 67 RBI); Hunter Mense (.344, 3 HR, 42 RBI); Jacob Priday (.299, 7 HR, 62 RBI)
Best Pitchers: Max Scherzer (9-3, 1.52 ERA, 128 SO); Taylor Parker (1-2, 1.90 ERA, 4 SV); Nathan Culp (9-2, 3.18 ERA, 57 SO)
Notes: Missouri is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament – including the last three straight seasons.

The Cats will face either Cal State Fullerton or Harvard.

Cal State Fullerton Titans (1-seed)
41-15; 16-5 Big West Conference – 1st
Big Wins: Stanford (twice); UNLV (twice); Oklahoma; Tulane (twice); Arizona (twice), Long Beach (Three times); Pepperdine
Best Hitters: Sergio Pedrosa (.345, 13 HR, 49 RBI); Justin Turner (.329, 3 HR, 37 RBI); Brett Pill (.315, 8 HR, 48 RBI)
Best Pitchers: Ricky Romero (12-4, 2.80 ERA, 129 SO); Ryan Schreppel (5-0, 1.79 ERA, 33 SO); Scott Sarver (9-3, 3.97 ERA, 51 SO), Vinnie Pestano (3-3, 2.52 ERA, 11 SV)
Notes: Cal State Fullerton is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament – including the last 14 straight seasons.

Harvard Crimson (4-seed)
29-15; 15-5 Ivy League (1st – Rolfe Division)
Big Wins: Quinnipiac (three); St. John's
Best Hitters: Zak Farkes (.359, 5 HR, 30 RBI); Steffan Wilson (.344, 5 HR, 33 RBI); Schuyler Mann (.289, 9 HR, 47 RBI)
Best Pitchers: Shawn Haviland (7-1, 2.85 ERA, 39 SO); Frank Herrmann (5-1, 3.09 ERA, 43 SO); Mike Morgalis (5-0, 3.53 ERA, 37 SO)
Notes: Harvard is making its 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament – the first trip for the Crimson since 2002.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
** All Games Televised on ESPNU **

Friday, June 3
GAME #1: #2 Arizona vs #3 MIssouri, 4 p.m.

GAME #2: #1 Cal State Fullerton vs. #4 Harvard, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 4
GAME #3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4 p.m.

GAME #4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 5
GAME #5: Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3, 4 p.m.

GAME #6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 6
GAME #7: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m.
** if necessary **


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