The 2017 College World Series begins Saturday with two matchups, as Oregon State takes on Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. ET, then Florida State and LSU face off at 8 p.m. ET.

On Sunday’s Day 2, Texas A&M and Louisville play in the first game at 2 p.m. ET, and TCU and Florida finish off the opening matchups at 7 p.m. ET.


To get you primed for Omaha, here is a breakdown of the first four games:

Oregon State vs. Cal State Fullerton

Time: Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Starters: Jake Thompson (OSU) vs. Connor Seabold (Fullerton)

Preview: The number one pitching staff in the nation (Oregon State) against the lowest-scoring team in Omaha (Fullerton). Not an ideal matchup for the Titans, but they do have the number one facial hair style in the nation.

Oregon State   Cal State Fullerton
1.80 ERA 3.57
.296 Batting average .270
6.07 Runs per game 5.48
No. 1  National Seed Unranked
54-4 Season record 39-22
5-0 Tournament record 5-1
6 CWS appearances 18
2013 Last CWS appearance 2015
2 Championships 4
2007 Last championship 2004

Florida State vs. LSU

Time: Saturday, June 17 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Starters: Tyler Holton (FSU) vs. Alex Lange (LSU)

Preview: One of the hottest teams in Omaha (LSU is riding a 16-game winning streak where it has scored nine or more runs 10 times in its past 14 games), faces the highest-scoring team in the field of eight. This one could get explosive.

Florida State   LSU
3.72 ERA 3.54
.272 Batting average .294
7.39 Runs per game 7.02
Unranked National seed No. 4
45-21 Season record 48-17
5-1 Tournament record 5-0
22 CWS appearances 18
2012 Last CWS appearance 2015
0 Championships 6
Never Last championship 2009

Texas A&M vs. Louisville

Time: Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Preview: The nation’s top player (Louisville’s Brendan McKay) on a team with the second-best ERA and record in the field of eight against a squad that really knows how to close a game (Texas A&M won in 15-innings against Davidson in its Super Regional Game 1, then scored 10 runs in the eighth and ninth of Game 2 to come back and beat the Wildcats 12-6).

Texas A&M   Louisville
3.42 ERA 2.85
.275 Batting average .289
6.19 Runs per game 7.29
Unranked National seed No. 7
41-21 Season record 52-10
5-0 Tournament record 5-0
6 CWS appearances 4
2011 Last CWS appearance 2014
0 Championships 0
Never Last championship Never

TCU vs. Florida

Time: Sunday, June 18 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2

Preview: Two teams looking to avenge early exits from Omaha last season face off in the highest team ERA in the CWS (TCU) vs. the only team that made it to Omaha with two NCAA Tournament losses (Florida). The Gators are in good company, though. Last year’s champ, Coastal Carolina, dropped three games in the tournament before winning the crown.

TCU   Florida
3.99 ERA 3.55
.272 Batting average .262
6.89 Runs per game 5.49
No. 6 National seed No. 3
47-16 Season record 47-18
5-0 Tournament record 5-2
5 CWS appearances 11
2016 Last CWS appearance 2016
0 Championships 0
Never Last championship Never



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