The College World Series 2010 bracket is not conventional. When the College World Series 2010 bracket was formed, only three College World Series teams were among the top eight. Top-ranked Arizona State, third-ranked Florida, and sixth-ranked UCLA made it, while the other five programs had to pull some surprises. The upsets have continued thus far, as only one of the national top eight seeds remain unbeaten in Omaha. In fact, the College World Series 2010 bracket has now swept away the No. 1 team in the nation, which didn’t win a game in the last rounds.
Arizona State came into Rosenblatt Stadium with the top ranking, and only seven losses. But, they got here after winning two 12 inning games against Arkansas, so they could be challenged. However, the College World Series 2010 bracket put them against Clemson first, and the Tigers were the only team here that wasn’t a top seed in their regional.
Yet, hopes for an easy start were ruined when the Tigers pulled their latest upset with a 6-3 win. The Sun Devils suddenly found themselves against the wall, though they were still favored against South Carolina. But, once again, records meant nothing in this tournament.
The Gamecocks easily sent the Sun Devils home with an 11-4 shellacking, as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings. The top team in the nation is now the second team eliminated in the College World Series 2010. In fact, the top two ranked teams in the field are gone, after third-ranked Florida was swept out by UCLA and Florida State.
The only national seed left in the College World Series 2010 bracket is UCLA. The sixth-ranked Bruins destroyed Florida, and then interrupted TCU’s Cinderella run. Although UCLA has never won a title, and hasn’t been to Omaha in 13 years, they suddenly appear to be the favorites.
The Bruins will discover their next opponent today, assuming the weather cooperates. Game 9 is an elimination match between TCU and Florida State tonight, with the winner to face UCLA. But, the College World Series 2010 bracket is double elimination, so the winner of Game 9 then has to beat the Bruins twice to make the finals.
Game 9 isn’t the only one on the schedule today, as rain once again interrupted things yesterday. Game 8 between Oklahoma and Clemson was suspended after six innings, so they have to finish up today at 4:30 p.m. est.
Yet, after six innings, the Tigers lead 6-1, so they look safe to reach the next stage of the College World Series. If the Sooners cannot come back, they must face the Gamecocks in Game 10 for the right to play Clemson again.
Rain and upsets have defined the action at Rosenblatt thus far. Even if the weather finally gets better, the surprises are unlikely to let up yet.
NCAA.com- “2010 NCAA DI Baseball Championship Bracket”
Boston Herald- “South Carolina eliminates Arizona State in CWS, 11-4”