This year’s College World Series participants are far from strangers as they played one another in eight regular-season series or conference tournament matchups prior to the NCAA Championship. Seven of the eight teams that will play for the national championship in Omaha hail from one of three conferences – the SEC (Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State), Big 12 (Texas, Texas Tech) or Pac-12 (Oregon State, Washington), with North Carolina as the lone ACC representative.

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We’ll have to wait and see how the bracket breaks but there’s a good chance some of this year’s College World Series matchups could be rematches of games earlier in the season.

Here’s how each team in this year’s CWS fared this season when playing a fellow Omaha-bound opponent:










School Record
Arkansas 5-5
Florida 2-5
Mississippi State 6-0
North Carolina N/A
Oregon State 2-1
Texas 2-3
Texas Tech 1-3
Washington 1-2

Of course, these are relatively small sample sizes considering these teams have played more than 60 games this season but it’s interesting that Florida, the No. 1 overall seed, is 2-5 against fellow CWS teams while Mississippi State, which went .500 in conference play and entered the Tallahassee Regional 31-25 overall, is 6-0 against the rest of the Omaha field this season.

Texas at Arkansas, March 13-14

Location: Baum Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Series result: Arkansas won the series 2-0

How it happened: Arkansas swept Texas in a two-game, mid-week series in March. The Razorbacks took the first game by storm, 13-4, as nine different players scored a run. After Texas starter Beau Ridgeway held Arkansas to one hit in the first two innings, the Razorbacks poured in seven runs in the bottom of the third, ending Ridgeway’s day after just 2.1 innings. Arkansas starter Kacey Murphy went six innings, allowing just five hits and two runs, while his team added four more runs in the fifth inning and two in the seventh. Right fielder Eric Cole went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and one run, while first baseman Jordan McFarland was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs.

The second game was much closer as Arkansas escaped with a 7-5 win. Neither team’s starter made it past the third inning as poor pitching and defense plagued the Longhorns for the second game in a row. Texas committed two errors in the bottom of the fourth as Arkansas scored four runs off of just three hits and the Razorbacks never trailed again. Texas starter Nico O’Donnell allowed six hits and five runs (four earned) in just three innings. The middle of Arkansas’ batting order – batters four through seven in the lineup – had a field day, collectively hitting 7-for-13 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and six runs.

Arkansas at Florida, March 23-25

Location: McKethan Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

Series result: Florida won the series 2-1

How it happened: Arkansas stole the first game on the road from Florida but the Gators, who entered the series ranked No. 2 with a 19-4 record on the season, bounced back to win on Saturday and Sunday to close out the weekend with a series victory. In Game One, Arkansas’ top five players in the batting order were just 2-for-19 with six strikeouts, but the back half of the Razorbacks’ lineup provided enough pop, led by left fielder Heston Kjerstad’s 3-for-3 performance with a double, home run, two RBI and three runs. Blaine Knight picked up the win after throwing 6.2 solid innings with 10 strikeouts.

Florida stormed back with a vengeance in Game Two. The Gators chased Arkansas starter Isaiah Campbell out of the game after just one inning (four hits, four walks, six runs) and his replacement, Caleb Bolden, only lasted one inning himself (one hit, two walks, three runs). By the end of the third inning, Florida led 12-0 and the Gators ran away with a 17-2 win, with huge games from leadoff batter Deacon Liput (4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs) and Jonathan India (2-for-2 with four RBI and two runs). Florida starter Jackson Kowar went six innings, striking out six batters and allowing just four hits and two runs, to pick up the win.

Florida took the rubber match 5-4 after Nelson Maldonado homered in the bottom of the seventh to put the Gators on top for good. Arkansas scored one run in the ninth to cut the deficit to one, but the potential tying run, Dominic Fletcher, was stranded on-base to end the game.

Washington at Oregon State, March 24-25

Location: Goss Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon

Series result: Oregon State won the series 2-1

How it happened: After the first game of the series was rained out on a Friday night in late March, Oregon State took both halves of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Beavers dominated the first game to the tune of a 16-1 win in which Oregon State compiled 21 hits, including eight doubles and two home runs. Seven of the nine starters for OSU record at least one hit, one RBI and one run, led by designated hitter Kyle Nobach’s 3-for-3 day with four RBI and two runs. Game Two was more competitve as Oregon State won 5-2, improving to 20-1 on the season while Washington dropped to 10-10. The Beavers scored three runs in the bottom of the second thanks to RBI-singles from Tyler Malone and Steven Kwan, and they never trailed the entire game.