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And then there were two.

College Baseball doesn’t always get the national spotlight like football and basketball, but the College World Series brings just as much excitement as the College Football Playoffs and March Madness. This year we see that in a David versus Goliath type matchup in the final series as the Michigan Wolverines and Vanderbilt Commodores are the teams left standing after a week of baseball in Omaha.

Both Michigan and Vanderbilt got to this three-game showdown undefeated in the College World Series, blowing through the competition as they were set for a head-on collision. Now, we get to see if the Michigan magic can continue or if the favorites coming into the College World Series can deliver.

The College World Series got underway with the first game on Saturday, June 15. Now, only three games—at most—remain. By Wednesday, June 26 we will have a new national champion. ESPN has you covered with all the action with every pitch, hit and out of the tournament. Every game of the College World Series has been on the ESPN family of networks. They’ll cover the final games as well.

Teams and Odds

We’ve already seen a ton of excitement with the Wolverines taking care of business as the underdog and the Commodores doing their thing as the top-ranked team in the College World Series. Now, we pin the favorites against one of the biggest longshots. Here are the two teams left standing this college baseball season and their odds to take the national title.

This has already been a unique NCAA tournament. Typically, we see the top ranked teams make it to Omaha with few upsets, but this season saw two teams in the top-5 and four of the top eight mis out on Omaha, including the No.1 UCLA, upset by Michigan in the Super Regionals.

Michigan Wolverines ( +210 )

The Wolverines came into the College World Series as the longest shots to win it all, but kept the good times rolling coming out of a Super Regionals where they topped UCLA. The offense is headed by Jordan Brewer and Jordan Nwogu, two strong players, but on paper the team doesn’t stack up to Vanderbilt. They’ve got a .281 team average and do have some solid power and speed, however.

We’ve seen the best of this team on offense here in the College World Series, including a 15-run outburst in their last games. Despite that, the pitching has carried the load.

On the mound for Michigan are a trio of starters who’ve gotten all the innings in three games in Omaha. Karl Kauffmann, Tommy Henry, and Jeff Criswell all threw more than 100 innings prior to Omaha with an ERA of 3.27 and WHIP of 1.29 or better. They’re all solid strikeout options who will be asked to carry the load in this series.

Vanderbilt Commodores ( +280 )

The favorites coming to Omaha, the Commodores were the highest ranked team coming in and have one of the game’s most potent and balanced offense along with a deep rotation and quality bullpen.

At the plate, Austin Martin and J.J. Bleday are as strong of a top of the lineup as you can find in college baseball. Martin has a .410 average and OBP north of .500. He has a bit of pop with 19 doubles, four triples and eight homers while also offering speed. Then, Bleday comes in with 26 homers and a .350/.464/.717 slash line. Overall, the team has a .318 average and 93 homers.

On the mound, Mason Hickman, Kumar Rocker, and Drake Fellows are a strong collection of starters while Patrick Raby was 10-1 with a 2.82 ERA this season but was relegated to the pen so far this College World Series. There, he’s joined by Tyler Brown—amongst others—who has a 2.59 ERA and 14 saves in 41.2 innings with 58 strikeouts.

College World Series Format

It took trips through the Regionals and Super Regionals to get here. Then, after a round robin, double-elimination competition, in Omaha, we’ve narrowed the field down from eight teams a week ago to just the two left standing going into the final series. Baseball is a marathon sport. We cannot just have a single game decide the national champion. And so, we are left with a three-game series to determine the champion.

Traditionally, the College World Series has been less prone to major upsets compared to other sport’s championships, but Michigan’s ride to the title bout certainly qualifies as an upset. The team knocked out No.1 ranked UCLA in the Super Regionals and emerged out of a Regionals bracket that featured the reigning champion Oregon State as the host team.

Since getting to Omaha, we’ve already seen some fun matchups. The four teams in each bracket effectively played a mini-regional. The losers of the first two games were cast into an elimination game, while the winners of the first two games play in a battle of winners. This year, both Vanderbilt and Michigan needed just three games to get to the final series with neither losing once.  

To this point in the College World Series the games have been generally spread out though some rain earlier this week condensed things a bit. Teams generally have had some days off sprinkled in, allowing the best pitchers to see most of the innings. Now that we’re to the final series, we have three games back-to-back-to-back which will test both teams’ starting rotations a bit more and require a deeper pitching staff than has been needed to this point.

Schedule

There are just three games, if the last is needed, left in the college baseball schedule as Michigan and Vanderbilt battle to see who will emerge the next college baseball champions. Vanderbilt, as the higher ranked team, will be designated the home team in the opener and the final game, if needed. Michigan will serve as the home team on Tuesday.

CWS Finals – Game 1: Monday, June 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET

CWS Finals – Game 2: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET

CWS Finals – Game 3: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET

Most College World Series Appearances

APPEARANCES TEAM LAST
36 Texas 2018
25 Miami 2016
22 Arizona State 2010
22 Florida State 2017
21 USC 2001
20 Oklahoma State 2016
18 Cal State Fullerton 2017
18 LSU 2017
17 Arizona 2016
16 Stanford 2008
12 Clemson 2010
12 Florida 2018
11 South Carolina 2012
11 North Carolina 2018
10 Mississippi State 2018
10 Oklahoma 2010

There are 17 teams who have been to the College World Series 10 times or more, but everyone is chasing Texas. The Longhorns have reached Omaha a stunning 36 times, 11 more than anyone else, including an appearance in 2018. It's going to be a while before anyone runs down the Longhorns from that perspective, though it should be noted that the team only has six National Championships in that run. Southern California, in contrast, has 12 national titles.

Oklahoma State holds the record for consecutive appearances in the College World Series with seven from 1981 through 1987. Several teams have come close, but only the Pokes can say they've gone through two legitimate generations of college baseball players, making the College World Series each year. That said, Oklahoma State didn't win one National Championship in that stretch.

Florida State holds the record for the most appearances in the College World Series without a National Championship at 22. Clemson is the next closest team with 12, so it's clear that there hasn't been a team quite as snake-bitten as the Seminoles. Mike Martin's crew has been the runner-up in the NCAAs three times in its 22 showings in Omaha.

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