The first game on Friday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (central time) and features No. 2 national seed Rice (54-12) and first time MCWS participant Louisville (46-22). Friday's second game pits No. 3 North Carolina (53-13) against Mississippi State (38-20), and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (central time). North Carolina was the runner-up at the 2006 MCWS, while Mississippi State is making its first MCWS appearance since 1998.
The doubleheader on Saturday features UC Irvine (45-15-1) squaring off against #5 Arizona St. (46-13) at 1 p.m. (central time), and the defending national champions, the Beavers of Oregon St. (44-18) will take on Cal St. Fullerton (38-23) at 6 p.m. (central time)
The losers of Friday's two games will play one another at 1 p.m. on Sunday, while Friday's winners face off at 6 p.m. Sunday. The losers of Saturday's games will play each other at 1 p.m. on Monday, while Saturday's winners meet Monday at 6 p.m.
The winners of the two brackets will play a best-of-three championship series, with the first game set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. The second game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 25. Every College World Series game will be televised live by ESPN or ESPN2, and all are available in high definition.