Top-Ranked Arizona State Baseball Set to Face Number-15 Arkansas; Winner Goes to Omaha
The D-Backs suck, but you're in luck -- the Arizona State baseball team, the number-one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, play a best-of-three series against 15th-ranked Arkansas this weekened at Packard Stadium in Tempe.
The winner of the series gets to travel to the most scared ground in college baseball: Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebradka, home of the College World Series.
The Sun Devils and Razorbacks are no strangers to each other, or the CWS, as both made it last season.
The teams split a two-game series in 2008 in Tempe, with Arkansas returning the favor a year later at home by sweeping ASU in two games. Overall, the teams are an even .500 (3-3) against each other.
The best-of-three series this weekend should be no different as both teams vie for a chance at glory in Omaha.
Although the series should be tightly contested, we expect the Sun Devils to prevail and move on.
The Sun Devils are a robust 38-3 at home this season and first-year manager Tim Esmay has made all the right moves in preparing ASU for the postseason.
Throw in the strong pitching of Seth Blair and Jordan Swagerty, along with the hot bats of Kole Calhoun, Zach MacPhee, and Riccio Torrez, and the Sun Devils will be just fine.
They may not sweep the Razorbacks, but expect ASU to win the series and book their ticket to Omaha.
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