The Texas Tech Red Raiders knocked off the defending champion and No. 1 overall seed to start the College World Series. If they can serve up an impressive encore, they will be in the driver’s seat to make it to the National Championship Series.
Texas Tech beat Florida to open up this double-elimination portion of the NCAA baseball tournament and now will turn its attention to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas had an impressive opener with a rout of Texas and will be favored to win this matchup.
The loser will still be alive after this one but whichever team wins will be feeling great about its chances to make a national championship push. The College World Series is heating up and Texas Tech would love to pull off a second consecutive upset in NCAA baseball gambling.
The College World Series contest will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will take place on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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Arkansas has checked in as the -165 favorite to pick up the victory and remain in the winner’s bracket as everyone else on their side takes a loss. The Red Raiders are the slight +125 underdogs on the moneyline.
Texas Tech is favored to cover the +1.5 run spread at -140, while Arkansas is listed at +100 to capture this contest by two or more runs. The scoring total for this contest is listed at 12.5 runs as the oddsmakers are projecting an absolutely wild affair between a pair of high-scoring offenses.
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It’s not a surprise to see a high total after such a dominant performance in the opener by Arkansas. The Razorbacks put up an eight-spot in the sixth inning to run away from Texas in an eventual 11-5 victory. Heston Kjerstad had a big game, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Luke Bonfield had only one hit but it was a huge one, hitting a two-run bomb.
Blaine Knight had a nice outing on the mound, giving up a pair of runs in five innings pitched while striking out four.
Texas Tech knocked off Florida by a score of 6-3. Ryan Shetter didn’t start but ended up playing the biggest role on the mound, giving up only one run in 4.1 innings of relief.
The Red Raiders scored five runs between the fourth and sixth innings as they turned a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 lead. Grant Little was fantastic, finishing 3-for-3 with with a double and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Gabe Holt usually sets the table but he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs to help Texas Tech pick up the win as the underdog.
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Texas Tech is a top-10 team and should be feeling good about its chances to hang around in this one. The matchup looks like it will be a good one, and don’t be surprised if it becomes a back-and-forth affair. In the end, Arkansas will lean on its bats once again to lead the way.
The Razorbacks are in a great groove right now and look for it to continue with another victory as they take control of the bracket by remaining undefeated in College World Series play. While Arkansas is the pick on the moneyline, the 1.5-run spread is interesting because Texas Tech could keep this one close enough to cover.
The scoring total is high but take the “over” as there is going to be fireworks in this one as both pitching staffs could struggle. This could be one of the most entertaining games of the NCAA baseball tournament, with Arkansas eking out a critical victory in College World Series betting.
MLB ATS Pick: Arkansas Razorbacks 7, Texas Tech Red Raiders 6
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