Sixty-four teams placed their bids, but only eight have punched their tickets to Omaha for a shot at the College World Series title. This year’s CWS will be as exciting as ever, now that the games are tighter, lower-scoring and best of all, far more exciting than the tourney’s past under new regulations. One and two teams, Oregon State and Florida, failed to advance past regionals, and only two in 2014 are national seeds, which displays just how taxing the Regional and Super Regional rounds are.
The “Road to Omaha” was a long journey for these eight clubs, but our biggest question is: What are they eating over in the Big 12? The strong NCAA Conference is sending three of nine baseball teams to Nebraska, including Texas, Texas Tech and TCU (7). These three are accompanied by Louisville, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, UC Irvine and Virginia (3) in the 2014 College World Series. Your underdogs are Texas Tech and UC Irvine, and the favorites are Virginia and Vanderbilt. The CWS doubles as an annual a preview of future Major League all-stars, and the keen competitive atmosphere surrounding the unsuspecting city of Omaha is unbeatable. Buy your College World Series tickets now and see which team will take the national title and attain college baseball glory!
2014 College World Series Schedule and Bracket
The NCAA College World Series kicks off Saturday and lasts for 12 days. There are plenty of things to do if you get there before games start; teams will hold practice and an autograph session on Friday, while the CWS Fan Fest will party just outside of TD Ameritrade Park, with musical guests Young the Giant playing the Omaha Jam.
Eight Super Regional winners are divided into two, four-team, brackets that will square off over Father’s Day weekend. Bracket one features UC Irvine vs. Texas and Louisville vs. Vanderbilt; bracket two features Texas Tech vs. TCU and Virginia vs. Ole Miss. The CWS poses a double elimination scheme, meaning teams have to lose twice before they head back home. The victors of each bracket advance to an exhilarating best-of-three championship series, with Game 3 being held on either June 24 or 25 this year.
2014 College World Series Ticket Prices
The average price for College World Series tickets is $66 across the tournament. In the table below, you can find the average and get-in price for each game at TD Ameritrade Park. Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Take dad out to the ballpark and with a number of cheap CWS tickets to choose from this weekend. Considering the average College World Series Finals ticket costs $88-$117, the option for an All-Sessions Pass is a bargain! For just $195, you can get into the CWS Finals and watch your team’s journey to the Championship!
|Game||Date||Time||Min. Price||Avg. Price|
|CWS All Sessions Pass||6/14/14||——-||$195.00||$200.31|
|UC Irvine vs. Texas||6/14/14||2:00PM||$13.00||$67.03|
|Louisville vs. Vanderbilt||6/14/14||7:00PM||$13.00||$58.82|
|Texas Tech vs. TCU||6/15/14||2:00PM||$13.00||$97.45|
|Virginia vs. Ole Miss||6/15/14||7:00PM||$12.00||$98.25|
|Game 13* (if necessary)||6/21/14||2:00PM||$8.00||$109.08|
|Game 14* (if necessary)||6/21/14||7:30PM||$13.00||$114.52|
|CWS Finals: Game 1||6/23/14||7:00PM||$11.50||$89.30|
|CWS Finals: Game 2||6/24/14||7:00PM||$11.00||$86.74|
|CWS Finals: Game 3* (if necessary)||6/25/14||7:00PM||$9.00||$116.63|
2014 College World Series Storylines
Texas Triple Play. For the first time ever, the Lone Star state will see three CWS teams in the same year. Texas Tech may boast the sixth best ERA in the nation, but they’ve dropped eight of their last 14 games in the regular season to finish 45-19. The TCU Horned Frogs (47-16) lead the nation with a 2.19 ERA and have gone 11-1 in their last 12 games, with just 2 runs allowed per game against top teams. Texas is making their record 35th appearance following a 43-19 record on the season.
Like father, like son. There are a few players from baseball’s royal bloodline competing this year, including Kacy Clemens, son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens. The freshman starts at first base for Texas, and wears No.42 on his back–double the No.21 jersey that his dad wore. His teammate, Lukas Schiraldi, is the son of pitcher Calvin Schiraldi, who played with Clemens both on the 1986 Boston Red Sox and at their Houston alma mater. The younger Schiraldi is in the rotation for the Longhorns, and was drafted in the 15th round by the Texas Rangers.
Coaching Counts. Watch out for Virginia (49-14), who’s head coach Brian O’Connor will be making his third appearance at Omaha in six years. UC Irvine also has an experienced staff, with pitching coach Daniel Bibona, Big West Pitcher of the Year (2009 & 2010), and assistant Ben Orlaff, former Big West Player of the Year (2009). Louisville (50-14) is the only team with a back-to-back CWS appearance, looking for redemption following 2013’s two-and-out campaign.
Hard Pressed for Home Runs. Ever since the NCAA implemented deadened aluminum bats, CWS offense has taken a nose dive and home runs have become a rare commodity. TD Ameritrade’s vastness does little to increase the chances of knocking one out of the park, but a there are few teams with ample power shots. Mississippi has hit six home runs in NCAA tourneys and clobbered 42 this year–the most of all CWS teams. While Ole Miss has the most CWS appearances among the eight participants, this will be their first appearance in Omaha since 1972. UC Irvine has the lowest accumulation of home runs, though the surprise squad eliminated Oregon State and Oklahoma State in the Regional and Super Regionals, both constants in the regular season Top 10.
The Future Looks Bright. Every year, CWS tickets gives you insight into the Majors of tomorrow, with a number of pro-hopefuls duking it out under the Nebraska sun. The highest draft pick is Tyler Beede, who went No. 14 overall to the San Francisco Giants, and helped lead Vanderbilt to a 46-19 season. Beede was followed in the 2014 MLB Draft by TCU pitcher Brandon Finnegan, picked No.17 to the Royals, and Virginia’s Nick Howard, picked No. 19 to the Reds. Buy 2014 College World Series tickets and see the future of Major League Baseball in its freshest form.
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