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Live coverage of the 2021 Men's College World Series

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4:29 am, June 25, 2021

We have a 2-2 ballgame in Omaha

The Cavaliers have tied this thing up on a Chris Newell two-run moon shot over the right field wall. Logan Michaels, the hero of Sunday's Father's Day game, started things off with a walk before Newell tied up the ball game and launched the 400th homer of the NCAA tournament this year. That is the most of the 64-field era. 

4:05 am, June 25, 2021

Texas takes a 2-0 lead on a wild pitch

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The Texas Longhorns' running game continues to be a problem tonight for opponents. Eric Kennedy led things off with a hit and advanced to second on a fielding error. A small stumble, but Kennedy never stopped and slid head first into second safely. Silas Ardoin singled to send Kennedy to third and then they capitalized on a wild pitch to tack on another run.

3:07 am, June 25, 2021

The Longhorns are on the board, take 1-0 lead

The Longhorns struck first in the top of the second off of a two-strike Douglas Hodo III RBI single. Ivan Melendez, possibly the best hitter on Texas, has been fairly quiet lately and was 1-for-6 in the CWS so far. But he came up in the second with a double down the left field line. Trey Faltine drew a walk before Hodo III sent Melendez home. 

Hodo had quite the catch in right field in the first as well. Check it out: 

1:47 am, June 25, 2021

Weather update — First pitch 10:45 p.m. ET

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Here comes the sun! The rain has slowed and we just got the "all clear." The game between Virginia and Texas WILL be played tonight and first pitch will be at 10:45 p.m. Eastern. And, we've got a beautiful view here at TD Ameritrade. 🌈

10:37 pm, June 24, 2021

Virginia vs. Texas — Pregame, Weather delay

Game 10 of the College World Series between Virginia and Texas will be delayed due to approaching weather. Start time is TBD. 

The winner of tonight's game will advance to face Mississippi State on Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern and will need to win twice to advance to the championship series. The loser will be eliminated from the CWS. Texas lost the opening round game to Mississippi State and then win its first elimination game against Tennessee. The Vols chased Tristan Stevens but the Longhorns found success out of the bullpen with Tanner Witt who went the distance. 

Virginia is coming off of its first loss to Mississippi State after the Bulldogs came back from a 4-0 deficit. Griff McGarry had a no-hitter through 7 innings, before Mississippi State came alive in the eighth and took over the game. The Cavaliers tried out four arms out of the bullpen, but a Tanner Allen three-run bomb gave Mississippi State the lead. Tonight, Virginia will have Mike Vasil starting out on the mound. Mississippi State will go with Pete Hansen. 

Here are the starting lineups for tonights game: 

Texas starting lineup
Virginia starting lineup

 

12:12 pm, June 24, 2021

Texas, Virginia to meet in elimination game Thursday

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The College World Series continues today, June 24 with Virginia and Texas facing off at 7 p.m. ET. Both teams will try and stay alive in Omaha, with the winner advancing to take on Mississippi State and the loser seeing its tournament run come to an end. The winner of tonight's game will need to win two in a row over Mississippi State to reach the College World Series finals.

Here's the schedule for Thursday:

  • Elimination game: 7 p.m. ET | No. 2 seed Texas vs. Virginia | ESPN2 | Live stats

Click or tap here to view the updated DI baseball interactive bracket. Get a printable bracket here.

Texas has already avoided elimination in this tournament, defeating Tennessee 8-4 on Tuesday to send the Volunteers home. Texas found itself in that position after a 2-1 loss to Mississippi State on Sunday. Similarly, Virginia enters this game after a 6-5 loss to Mississippi State on Tuesday. Both teams will look to find their way out of the elimination bracket and avenge a loss to the Bulldogs.

Vanderbilt shocked Stanford last night with a ninth-inning rally against Cardinal ace Brendan Beck and won, 6-5, on a walk-off wild pitch in the elimination game.  Vanderbilt found a way, despite Beck striking out the first five hitters he faced. Javier Vaz walked before pinch hitter Spencer Jones singled. Enrique Bradfield Jr. followed with the game-tying single to set up Jones' winning run on the wild pitch. Vanderbilt moves on to face NC State for a spot in the finals, but will have to defeat the darling of the College World Series twice to advance.

2:21 am, June 24, 2021

Vanderbilt shocks Stanford on walk-off wild pitch to eliminate the Cardinal

Vanderbilt stunned Stanford with a ninth-inning rally against Cardinal ace Brendan Beck, winning on a walk-off wild pitch 6-5 in a Wednesday elimination game.

The Commodores had two out and no one on in the ninth while facing Beck, who came in relief in the seventh. Beck struck out the first five hitters he faced, yet Vanderbilt found a way. Javier Vaz walked before pinch hitter Spencer Jones singled. Enrique Bradfield Jr. followed with the game-tying single to set up Jones' winning run on the wild pitch. 

Vanderbilt will now move on to face NC State for a spot in the championship series, but the Commodores must defeat the Wolfpack twice to make the finals.

Vanderbilt baseball shocks Stanford

HOW IT HAPPENED: Complete stats, box score from Vandy's win

Stanford didn't trail until the walk-off finish, as the Cardinal took a lead as 4-0 in the fourth inning. Brock Jones came through by going 3-for-4 at the plate, including a solo home run in the third. He drove in three runs.

Beck entered the game in the seventh, with the Cardinal up only 5-4. Vandy then delivered with two outs in the ninth.

Stanford's elimination means there are only five teams left in the College World Series. Texas and Virginia play at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN2 in another elimination game. The winner will play Mississippi State and will have to beat the Bulldogs twice to move on to the CWS finals.

Here's the upcoming schedule:

  • Texas vs. Virginia (elimination game) | 7 p.m. ET Thursday | ESPN2
  • NC State vs. Vanderbilt | 2 p.m. Friday | ESPN2
  • Mississippi State vs. Texas-Virginia winner | 7 p.m. Friday | ESPN
1:30 am, June 24, 2021

Vandy bats come alive to make it a one run game

The Commodores plated two runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-4 ballgame. Enrique Bradfield Jr. started things off with a single to left field and a Dominic Keegan base hit sent Bradfield Jr. to third. Corbin made the move to pinch hit Tate Kolwyck for Troy LaNeve and the tactic worked — Kolwyck hit an RBI single, followed by another RBI single from Parker Noland to plate another. 

1:05 am, June 24, 2021

Stanford leads 5-2 in the top of the sixth

Stanford got two more across home plate in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. A walk and a single chased Christian Little and Nick Maldonado entered from the bullpen. Another Vandy error loaded the bases and then Maldonado walked in a run. Brock Jones came up big again with an RBI single for the 4-0 lead. 

After the two-run inning, Vandy head coach Tim Corbin gathered his team in the dugout and the message was something around these lines: If we don't clean this up we will be on a bus home tonight. 

The Commodores came up to bat and Carter Young walked before Dominic Keegan sent a monster shot over the wall to cut the lead in half. 

But in the top of the sixth, Brock Jones hit an RBI double to give the Cardinal a 5-2 edge. Jones is 3-for-4 with three RBI tonight.

11:56 pm, June 23, 2021

Stanford leads 2-0 through 3 innings

The Stanford Cardinal struck first in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead after a string of Vanderbilt errors in the field. Eddie Park reached to start the game on a throwing error before advancing to second on a Tim Tawa single through the left side. Brock Jones lined out, Park made it home on another Vandy throwing error to take a 1-0 lead. 

The Cardinal got another run on the board in the top of the third with a Brock Jones solo bomb. 

11:06 pm, June 23, 2021

Vanderbilt vs. Stanford, pregame

First pitch for the Vanderbilt vs. Stanford elimination game will be 6:07 p.m. Eastern. The winner of this matchup will face NC State and need two wins to advance to the championship series.

The Commodores are coming off of a one-run loss to NC State. Jack Leiter dished out 15 Ks, but NC State hit a solo bomb and that was all it took. The Vandy bats will need to come alive today. Christian Little will be on the mound for the Dores. Stanford lost the opening round game of the CWS to NC State, but exploded offensively in the next to take down Arizona in an elimination game. Quinn Matthews will start on the mound for the Cardinal. 

Here is the starting lineup for Vanderbilt:

Vandy

Here is the starting lineup for Stanford: 

Stanford baseball

 

12:35 pm, June 23, 2021

Vanderbilt, Stanford to meet in elimination game Wednesday

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The College World Series field will be trimmed down to the final five teams today, June 23. Either Stanford or defending national champion Vanderbilt will move on while the loser will see its time in Omaha come to an end. The winner of tonight's game will need to win two in a row over North Carolina State to reach the College World Series finals.

Here's the schedule for Wednesday:

  • Elimination game: 7 p.m. ET | No. 4 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 9 seed Stanford | ESPN | Live stats

Click or tap here to view the updated DI baseball interactive bracket. Get a printable bracket here.

The Cardinal have already fought off elimination once in this tournament, sending Arizona home on Monday after hanging 14 runs on the Wildcats. On the other hand, this is unfamiliar territory for the defending champs. Vanderbilt won both of its national championships coming through the winner's bracket and has never reached the finals from the elimination bracket. The Dores need three wins in four days to change that and likely begin their attempt without either Kumar Rocker or Jack Leiter. However Leiter did go eight innings in a 1-0 loss to NC State, preserving the Vanderbilt bullpen for this run.

On Tuesday, Texas used a pair of big offensive spurts to put away Tennessee, eliminating the Volunteers in an 8-4 win. In the winner's bracket, Mississippi State stormed back to shock Virginia 6-5 and get within a game of the CWS finals. The Bulldogs were held without a hit for seven innings by UVA's Griff McGarry before the bats came alive for six runs on six hits in the eighth. Kellum Clark got MSU on the board with a two-run shot and Tanner Allen put the Bulldogs ahead with a three-run blast later in the frame. MSU will face the winner of Virginia and Texas on Friday, June 25.

2:46 am, June 23, 2021

Mississippi St. completes big comeback over Virginia; UVA will face Texas

Tanner Allen's home run punctuates huge Mississippi State rally

Mississippi State stunned just about everybody in Omaha on Tuesday night, except for those wearing maroon and cheering for the Bulldogs.

After trailing Virginia 4-0 and being no-hit through seven innings by Griff McGarry, Mississippi State broke through in a big way in the top of the eighth. A 2-run home run from Kellum Clark ended the no-hitter, and a 3-run homer by Tanner Allen off of UVA closer Stephen Schoch gave the Bulldogs the lead.

Scotty Durbrule drove in the sixth and final run of the inning with a 2-out base hit. That RBI would become the game-winner after the Cavaliers' Chris Newell homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 6-5.

Before that 6-run inning, Virginia had thrown 23 scoreless innings in a row dating back to its third Super Regional game. MSU also became the first team in CWS history to win a game in which it has used eight pitchers.

Mississippi State moves to 2-0 in Omaha and will have multiple days off before their next game. Winning the first two games is significant, as 25 of the last 30 College World Series Champions have started 2-0. Also 2-0 in this CWS is the NC State Wolfpack.

Full box score and stats from UVA vs. MSU

The Cavaliers head to an elimination game against Texas. The Longhorns eliminated Tennessee 8-4 in the first game on Tuesday afternoon. Texas scored three runs in two separate innings. Left fielder Eric Kennedy hit a 3-run home run in the second, and the catcher Silas Ardoin drove in 2 runs and scored 1 himself in the fourth. 

Here is the schedule for the next two days in Omaha. Both are elimination games, starting with Stanford and defending champion Vanderbilt tomorrow night.

Wednesday, June 23

No. 9 Stanford vs. No. 4 Vanderbilt | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN

Thursday, June 24

Virginia vs. No. 2 Texas | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2

Full CWS schedule

1:56 am, June 23, 2021

Mississippi St. shocks UVA with 6-run 8th

The Mississippi State Bulldogs entered the top of the eighth inning with zero hits and down by four runs, and they and exited it up 6-4.

Kellum Clark broke up Griff McGarry's no-hitter with a 2-run shot, then later in the inning Tanner Allen greeted UVA reliever Stephen Schoch with a 3-run blast on his second pitch of the night to completely flip the script. In a matter of moments, the momentum swung from the Cavaliers dugout over to the Bulldogs.

After another pitching change, Scotty Dubrule, who led off the inning with a walk, drove in the sixth run with a single to left.

Leading since the first inning, Virginia now looks to come back in the final two innings.

1:40 am, June 23, 2021

Kellum Clark breaks up McGarry no-hit bid with 2-run home run

Virginia's Griff McGarry was six outs away from a no-hitter, but Mississippi St. DH Kellum Clark put an end to that with a 2-run shot in the eighth inning.

McGarry, who was pulled after the home run, had been dominant the whole night, with 8 strikeouts, 2 walks, and the lone hit.

This game is not over by any means, as Clark's homer cut the Bulldogs' deficit in half. Mississippi St. now has five outs left to come back.

12:51 am, June 23, 2021

McGarry holding Miss. State hitless through 6

NCAA Virginia's Griff McGarry has not allowed a hit through six innings against Mississippi State.

Virginia pitcher Griff McGarry is in complete control for the Cavaliers against Mississippi State, so far throwing six shutout innings in their College World Series matchup.

He has yet to allow a hit, with the only Bulldogs baserunners reaching via a walk and hit-by-pitch.

The senior right hander is working quickly and efficiently, mixing his mid-90s 4-seam fastball with nasty off-speed pitches. McGarry has 7 strikeouts on the night and has thrown 78 pitches.

McGarry is no stranger to a clutch outing: Facing elimination in UVA's Super Regional against Dallas Baptist, he threw 7+ scoreless innings, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 10 batters.

Virginia leads 4-0 heading to the bottom of the 6th.

11:56 pm, June 22, 2021

UVA chases MSU starter, extends lead to 4-0

Virginia batted around in the second inning to extend their advantage over No. 7 Mississippi St. to 4 runs. Bulldogs starting pitcher Christian Macleod was pulled after facing 11 hitters and only recording four outs.

The Cavaliers' 3-run second inning began with a leadoff walk and another sacrifice bunt, the first of which lead to their first-inning run. Then Virginia went:

Chris Newell RBI Double
Zack Gelof RBI Double
Max Cotier RBI Single

Back-to-back strikeouts with the bases from reliever Preston Johnson held Virginia to the 4-0 score. A piece of history there: Preston's first strikeout was the 766th of the season for Mississippi St., a new DI record.

11:22 pm, June 22, 2021

Virginia jumps out to quick 1-0 lead against Mississippi St.

Virginia used an aggressive approach to take an early lead against Mississippi St. in their Tuesday night matchup at the College World Series.

The Cavaliers used a couple of base hits from Zack Gelof and Kyle Teel to get on the board against Bulldogs starter Christian Macleod.

Macleod did do a nice job to limit the damage later in the inning, when with runners at second and third and two outs, he got Alex Tappen to fly out.

9:51 pm, June 22, 2021

Preview: No. 7 Mississippi St. vs. Virginia at CWS

Mississippi St. and Virginia will play the second game of the day at the College World Series in Omaha. Both teams will look to improve to 2-0 and move to within one win of the CWS Finals. First pitch will be shortly after 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Twenty-five of the last 30 champions have started out 2-0 in Omaha.

The Bulldogs won their opening game thank to an incredible pitching performance by Will Bednar, who struck out 15 batters in their 2-1 win over Texas.

The Cavaliers had an historic pitching performance of their own in their first game. Starter Andrew Abbott became the first pitcher in program history to record 10 strikeouts in a College World Series game. Virginia beat Tennessee 6-0.

Follow the game live here.

Tonight's winner will join NC State in the driver's seat of the tournament, while the loser will face Texas on Thursday. Full schedule 

9:31 pm, June 22, 2021

Texas outlasts Tennessee 8-4 to stay alive at College World Series

Burnt orange is still playing in Omaha. Texas defeated Tennessee 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon to avoid elimination and move on in the College World Series. The Volunteers head home after losing both of their games.

The Longhorns got the job done with defense, timely hitting, and an excellent bullpen performance.

The difference in the game offensively was the fourth inning, when Texas sent eight hitters to the plate and brought in 3 runs to break a 4-4 tie and make it 7-4. On the mound, reliever Tanner Witt gave his team a huge boost out of the bullpen after taking over in the fourth for starter Tristan Stevens. Five and 2/3 innings and 78 pitches later, Witt closed out the Volunteers having not allowed a run or walking anybody.

The Longhorns are now 35-0 this season when scoring at least 5 runs.

Check out complete game stats here.

Texas will play the loser of tonight's Virginia vs. Mississippi State game at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. Full schedule

8:41 pm, June 22, 2021

At the 7th-inning stretch: Texas leads Tennessee 8-4

The Tennessee Volunteers have six outs left in their season. Texas has taken control of the game after a 3-run fourth inning, and the Longhorns added another in the sixth.

Tanner Witt has been enormous for Texas out of the bullpen. After starter Tristan Stevens gave up 4 runs in 3 and 1/3 innings, Witt has only allowed 2 hits and zero runs in 3 and 2/3 innings of his own. The Longhorns are 44-0 this season when leading after six innings.

The loser of this game is eliminated from the College World Series.

8:08 pm, June 22, 2021

Texas plates 3 in the 4th to grab breathing room against Tennessee

It has been a tense battle in this afternoon'e elimination game between Texas and Tennessee in Omaha. Long at bats, lots of baserunners, lots of pitches, long innings. Emotions in both dugouts are high, with one Tennessee coach already having been ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

After both teams scored early, Texas brought eight batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored three runs, all of which came with two outs. Silas Ardoin drove in a pair with a single to right center, and Cam Williams drove him in with a base hit two batters later.

The Longhorns have not lost this season when scoring 5 or more runs (34-0).

Texas secured yet another shutdown inning in the top of the fifth with a 1-2-3 inning. Starting pitchers for both teams have been chased, and it'll be a bullpen game from here on out.

6:50 pm, June 22, 2021

Texas takes lead with rocket 3-run home run

Texas didn't trail Tennessee for long. After scoring twice in the top of the second, the Volunteers could not record a shutdown inning.

The Longhorns got a leadoff walk by Ivan Menendez followed by a single from Mitchell Daly. Tray Faltine layer down a textbook sacrifice bunt before Tennessee pitcher Blade Tidwell struck out Douglas Hodo III for the second out of the inning.

In the next at bat, with a full count, left fielder Eric Kennedy ripped a low laser that smacked off the back wall in the right-field bullpen.

Texas was able to get the shutdown inning in the top of the third, but not without some tension. Tristan Stevens loaded the bases with nobody out, but then induced a ground ball double play and a flyout to escape the jam and keep his team up 3-2.

6:25 pm, June 22, 2021

Tennessee strikes first against Texas in CWS elimination game

Greetings baseball fans, we're live in Omaha on Day 4 of the College World Series. The first game of the day between Tennessee and Texas is underway, and as you may imagine, there is a LOT of orange at the ballpark.

The Volunteers struck first in the top of the second inning, scoring a pair of runs. Jordan Beck drove in the first run with a double to left. Then with runners on second and third, Pete Derkay did a nice job of situational hitting, knocking in a run with a ground ball to the first baseman, who was playing back.

12:20 pm, June 22, 2021

Texas-Tennessee to face off in elimination game

On Tuesday, June 22, the remaining College World Series field will dwindle from seven teams to six, as one of the top three overall seeds in the entire tournament will be sent home from Omaha, while either No. 7 seed Mississippi State or Virginia will move within one win of the College World Series finals.

Here's the schedule for Tuesday:

  • Elimination game: 2 p.m. ET | No. 2 seed Texas vs. No. 3 seed Tennessee | ESPNU | Live stats
  • Winners' bracket: 7 p.m. ET | No. 7 seed Mississippi State vs. Virginia | ESPN2 | Live stats

Click or tap here to view the updated DI baseball interactive bracket.

On Monday, No. 9 seed Stanford eliminated fellow Pac-12 member Arizona, seeded No. 5 in the postseason, with a 14-5 win. That was followed by unseeded NC State upsetting No. 4 seed Vanderbilt as Terrell Tatum's solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the decisive swing. Vanderbilt ace Jack Leiter struck out 15 in a complete game in which he allowed just four hits, but the Commodores managed just two hits themselves.

Just like Monday, one top-10 national seed – Texas or Tennessee – will eliminate the other, while an unseeded team (Virginia) has the opportunity to defeat an SEC opponent to move to 2-0 in Omaha. The winner of Texas-Tennessee will then face the losing team in Mississippi State-Virginia on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET.

2:07 am, June 22, 2021

Stanford wins slugfest, N.C. State wins pitchers' duel on CWS Day 3

The day game belonged to the guys in the batter's box, and the night game belonged to the guys on the pitcher's mound on Monday at the College World Series.

The Stanford Cardinal avoided elimination with an offensive explosion against Arizona, defeating the Wildcats 14-5. Stanford utilized a 7-run third inning and a huge day from Brock Jones to keep playing in Omaha. Jones drove in 5 runs in the game, including a double and home run as part of a day that left him just a triple shy of the cycle.

Stanford dominates all Pac-12 elimination game at CWS

Stanford was set to play the winner of the nightcap between No. 4 Vanderbilt and North Carolina State. For all the offense in the first game, it was all about the pitchers in the second game. Vanderbilt sophomore Jack Leiter and N.C. State freshman Sam Highfill each pitched excellent ballgames as the Wolfpack edged the Commodores 1-0.

Highfill did not blink against the defending national champions, throwing 7 and 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up only 2 hits, striking out 7, and allowing only one runner to reach second base. Evan Justice relieved Highfill in the eighth inning and mowed down the Commodores in order, immediately erasing a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth inning with a double play.

NC State's Sam Highfill breaks down his dominating performance over Vanderbilt

It's the only time Vanderbilt has been shut out this season and the first time since March 2019.

On the opposite side, Leiter only blinked once, and that was the difference in the game. Terrell Tatum launched a mammoth home run to right field in the fifth inning. While that was all the Wolfpack could muster against Leiter, that was all they needed. The star sophomore was fantastic in his own right, throwing a complete game and striking out 15, including getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts.

The action in Omaha moves to Bracket 2 on Tuesday, once again starting with an elimination game in the afternoon before the winners' matchup at night. Vanderbilt and Stanford will be back on the field Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, June 22

Game 7: Tennessee vs. Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 8: Virginia vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Wednesday, June 23

Game 9: Vanderbilt vs. Stanford | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Click or tap here to view the College World Series bracket.

1:36 am, June 22, 2021

N.C. State's Sam Highfill out-duels Vanderbilt's Jack Leiter in epic 1-0 battle

Jack Leiter was the top bill, but Sam Highfill came out on top of an excellent pitcher's duel on Night 3 at the College World Series in Omaha.

The freshman Highfill did not blink against the defending national champions, throwing 7 and 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up only 2 hits, striking out 7, and allowing only one runner to reach second base. Evan Justice relieved Highfill in the eighth inning and mowed down the Commodores in order, immediately erasing a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth inning with a double play.

It's the only time Vanderbilt has been shut out this season and the first time since March 2019.

On the opposite side, Leiter only blinked once, and that was the difference in the game. Terrell Tatum launched a mammoth home run to right field in the fifth inning. While that was all the Wolfpack could muster against Leiter, that was all they needed. The star sophomore was fantastic in his own right, throwing a complete game and striking out 15, including getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts.

Watch complete game highlights hereCheck out full stats from the game here.

The Wolfpack moves to 2-0 in the CWS and will not play again until Friday. Of the last 30 champions, 25 have started 2-0.

Vanderbilt will now face Stanford in an elimination game at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN.

1:03 am, June 22, 2021

Jack Leiter escapes bases-loaded jam to keep Vanderbilt within 1

In the first extended rally of the game for either team, Vanderbilt starter Jack Leiter found another gear as he escaped from a one out, bases-loaded situation to keep his team in the game.

North Carolina State has a 1-0 lead and loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with a chance to add some insurance runs. But Leiter struck out Luca Tresh and Devonte Brown, his 13th and 14th strikeouts of the night, to hold the Wolfpack to its one-run cushion.

Vanderbilt now has six outs left against N.C. State freshman starter Sam Highfill, who has been dealing all night. Through seven innings, he has seven strikeouts and has only allowed 2 hits, with zero baserunners reaching scoring position.

12:22 am, June 22, 2021

Terrell Tatum breaks scoreless deadlock with monster home run

North Carolina State's Terrell Tatum put the Wolfpack ahead with a huge home run in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Vanderbilt's Jack Leiter. After taking a first-pitch curveball for strike one, Tatum got an inside fastball and crushed it into the back rows of seats in right field. The homer was his 12th of the season.

Leiter had been perfect up to that point, and through five innings he has struck out 11 batters. The Wolfpack's Sam Highfill has been up to the challenge, besting Leiter by shutting out the Commodores through five innings, to go with four strikeouts.

It's clear runs are at a premium in this game. Tatum's home run was N.C. State's first hit, and Vanderbilt only has two of its own.

11:40 pm, June 21, 2021

Vanderbilt starter Jack Leiter has 5 strikeouts in 2 innings

Jack Leiter has been as advertised so far in his first start of the 2021 College World Series. The Commodores ace has recorded five of his first six outs via the strikeout against the N.C. State Wolfpack.

He's establishing his fastball in the bottom part of the zone and mixing in his off-speed pitches well once he gets ahead in the count. Leiter entered the game third in the nation in strikeouts, behind teammate Kumar Rocker and Virginia's Andrew Abbott, both of whom have tallied 162. With his five so far tonight, Leiter now sits at 161.

10:02 pm, June 21, 2021

Preview: No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. N.C. State

Ace Jack Leiter takes the mound for Vanderbilt in the Commodores second game in Omaha, facing a Wolfpack lineup that put 10 runs on Stanford in its College World Series opener. First pitch is shortly after 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Vanderbilt returns to the field after a dramatic, 12-inning win over Arizona in its first game. Leiter is 10-3 on the season with a 2.16 ERA and is considered one of the top prospects for this summer's MLB draft.

The winner of this game will be in prime position entering the next phase of the tournament, while the loser will face Stanford in an elimination game. Click or tap here to view the score and live stats from the game.

9:42 pm, June 21, 2021

Stanford's huge offensive day eliminates Arizona from CWS

The Stanford offense took total control in the first elimination game of the 2021 College World Series, rolling to a 14-5 win to knock out the Arizona Wildcats. Stanford's 20 hits set a school record for a CWS game and were the most in any game in Omaha since 2009.

Cardinal center fielder Brock Jones led the day at the plate, driving in 5 runs and falling just a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Jones delivered a 2-run double as part of Stanford's 7-run third inning and capped the scoring with a 3-run homer in the seventh.

Junior Alex Williams held steady on the mound, pitching 5 and 1/3 innings and allowing 4 runs to get the win. Next, Stanford will play the loser of tonight's matchup between Vanderbilt and North Carolina State.

Watch complete highlights from the game here | Game recap and full stats

9:01 pm, June 21, 2021

Brock Jones smashes 3-run HR to put Stanford up 14-5

Stanford's Brock Jones restored some order for the Cardinal with a long home run in the top of the seventh inning against Arizona. The Wildcats had cut Stanford's 10-0 lead in half and had the game's momentum in their dugout.

But in the seventh, Stanford pushed its 11th run across before Jones hit a high, towering fly ball into the right field seats, which the wind carried up several rows. The 3-run homer with two outs stemmed the tide of Arizona's attempt at a huge comeback and has the Cardinal in solid position to finish this game.

Jones now has 5 RBI in this game and is a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, after a first-inning single and third-inning RBI double.

8:19 pm, June 21, 2021

Stanford 10, Arizona 2 - through 5 innings

After 5 in Omaha, Stanford leads Arizona 10-2. The winner of this game stays alive in the tournament, while the loser will go home.

Stanford followed its 7-run outburst in the top of the third inning with 3 more runs in the fourth. The Wildcats responded with a pair of their own in the bottom of the inning to get on the board and cut the deficit to eight runs.

The Wildcats offense averages more than 8 runs per game, so with four innings left, Stanford still has work to do to put this game away.

7:11 pm, June 21, 2021

Stanford explodes for 7 runs in 3rd inning

The Stanford offense doesn't want to go home just yet. After stalled rallies in the first two innings, the Cardinal strung together five hits in a row to chase Arizona starter Garrett Irvin and take a commanding 7-run lead in the top of the third inning.

The biggest blows were a 2-run double from Brock Jones, a 2-strike, 2-run single from Drew Bowser, and a 2-run home run from Tommy Troy. The latter pair of run-scoring hits came with two outs.

All told, Stanford sent 10 hitters to the plate in the inning (shortstop Adam Crampton actually made the first and third outs) to take the commanding lead. The Cardinal has only lost back-to-back games once this season, and this burst of offense has the team in position to keep it that way.

6:24 pm, June 21, 2021

Arizona and Stanford fight to stay alive in Omaha

Hello baseball fans, we're live all day on Day 3 of the Men's College World Series in Omaha. The first elimination game of the tournament is underway now between Pac-12 foes Arizona and Stanford. It's the 195th meeting all time between these two programs.

The Cardinal has had baserunners in the first two innings but has been unable to break through against Wildcats left-hander Garrett Irvin.

Stanford is looking to avoid its first winless trip to the College World Series in 17 appearances.

12:17 pm, June 21, 2021

Schedule for Day 3 of the CWS

The 2021 College World Series field will shrink from eight teams to seven on Monday, and one team will move to 2-0 in Omaha. There are two games on tap during Day 3 of the CWS as top-10 national seeds Arizona and Stanford play in an elimination game at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, followed by No. 4 seed Vanderbilt and NC State meeting, each looking to stay perfect at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Here's Monday's schedule:

  • 2 p.m. ET | No. 5 seed Arizona vs. No. 9 seed Stanford | ESPN | Live stats
  • 7 p.m. ET | No. 4 seed Vanderbilt vs. NC State | ESPN | Live stats

The winner of Arizona-Stanford will face the losing team of Vanderbilt-NC State.

Click or tap here to view the interactive College World Series bracket.

1:42 am, June 21, 2021

Mississippi State defeats Texas in pitchers' duel

Mississippi State strikes out 21, sets CWS record in win over Texas

Mississippi State held on 2-1 to defeat Texas in the final game of the 2021 College World Series opening weekend. MSU's Will Bednar dazzled with 15 strikeouts in 6+ innings, in a game that saw the most combined strikeouts in CWS history (33). 

Bednar allowed just one hit and walked one, while falling two strikeouts short of the CWS nine-inning record. 

MSU got both of its runs in the fourth inning via a Scotty Dubrule sac fly and a Brad Cumbest RBI triple that just bent fair down the right field line.

Texas cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the ninth inning with a Mike Antico homer, and later put the tying and winning runs on base. But star closer Landon Sims stranded them there to secure the three-inning save.

Mississippi State advances to the winners' bracket to face Virginia on Tuesday. Texas will face Tennessee in Tuesday's elimination game. Virginia shut out Tennessee 6-0 in Sunday afternoon's matchup. Below is the updated CWS schedule for Monday and Tuesday:

Monday, June 21

Game 5: Stanford vs. Arizona | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 6: NC State vs. Vanderbilt | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Tuesday, June 22

Game 7: Tennessee vs. Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 8: Virginia vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Click or tap here to view the College World Series bracket.

1:29 am, June 21, 2021

Mississippi State 3 outs away from win

We enter the ninth inning with Mississippi State still up 2-0 on No. 2 overall seed Texas. Will Bednar departed after 6+ innings with 15 strikeouts, and closer Landon Sims has followed with two scoreless innings and five more strikeouts.

The two teams have combined for a staggering 31 strikeouts tonight, which ties the College World Series record previously set in 1962 by Santa Clara and Michigan.

12:50 am, June 21, 2021

Bednar up to 15 Ks after six innings

Mississippi State's Will Bednar has struck out 15 Longhorns after a 1-2-3 sixth inning. He's now surpassed both the Mississippi State CWS strikeout record (10) and his own personal career-high (13).

His streak of six straight strikeouts was snapped by an inning-ending flyout to right field. He also had a streak of seven straight early in the game. Bednar's at 99 pitches and has allowed just one hit, so we likely haven't seen the last of him.

For those wondering, the CWS single-game record for strikeouts is 20, set by Ohio State's Steve Arlin in 1965. Arlin went a CWS-record 15 innings in that game.

12:05 am, June 21, 2021

Mississippi State takes the lead on sac fly

Will Bednar's dealing has paid off – eight strikeouts through three innings – as third baseman Kamren James walked to start off the fourth inning, advanced to third on Luke Hancock's single, then scored on a sacrifice fly from Scotty Dubrule.

Then, Brad Cumbest tripled to knock in Hancock, putting Mississippi State ahead 2-0, as Texas has yet to record a hit.

11:55 pm, June 20, 2021

Bednar strikes out the side (again)

Mississippi State's Will Bednar struck out the side – again – after doing the same in the second inning. While Bednar did hit a batter in the third inning, he still struck out Trey Faltine in five pitches, Silas Ardoin in five and Mike Antico in four. Bednar has eight strikeouts in three innings – six swinging and two looking.

11:41 pm, June 20, 2021

Mississippi State's Will Bednar strikes out five through two

Through two innings, Mississippi State starter Will Bednar has struck out five of the six batters he's faced, including all three in the second inning.

10:57 pm, June 20, 2021

Texas-Mississippi State is underway

The fourth and final opening-round game of the 2021 College World Series is underway as No. 2 seed Texas and No. 7 seed Mississippi State are facing off on ESPN2. The winner will advance to face Virginia at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22 on ESPN2, while the losing team will face No. 3 seed Tennessee in an elimination game at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday on ESPNU.

Right-hander Ty Madden (7-4, 2.41 ERA) gets the start for Texas, while Mississippi State's Will Bednar (7-1, 3.53 ERA) starts on the hill for the Bulldogs. Click or tap here to view the score and live stats from the game.

9:55 pm, June 20, 2021

Preview: No. 2 seed Texas vs. No. 7 seed Mississippi State

The first two days of the 2021 College World Series have seen two unseeded teams take down a top-10 opponent as NC State defeated No. 9 seed Stanford 10-4 on Saturday and Virginia bested No. 3 seed Tennessee 6-0 earlier on Sunday. In the fourth and final opening round game of the CWS, two top-10 teams will square off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN: No. 2 seed Texas and No. 7 seed Mississippi State.

Click or tap here to view the score and live stats from the game. The winner will advance to face Virginia at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22 on ESPN2, while the losing team will face No. 3 seed Tennessee in an elimination game at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday on ESPNU.

Here are the starting lineups for the game:

Texas

CF Mike Antico
2B Mitchell Daly
1B Zach Zubia
DH Ivan Melendez
3B Cam Williams
RF Douglas Hodo III
SS Trey Faltine
C Silas Ardoin
LF Eric Kennedy

RHP Ty Madden (7-4, 2.41 ERA)

Mississippi State

CF Rowdey Jordan
RF Tanner Allen
3B Kamren James
1B Luke Hancock
C Logan Tanner
2B Scotty Dubrule
LF Brad Cumbest
DH Kellum Clark
SS Lane Forsythe

RHP Will Bednar (7-1, 3.53 ERA)

8:40 pm, June 20, 2021

Virginia defeats No. 3 seed Tennessee 6-0

Thanks to six innings of five-hit, scoreless ball from starter Andrew Abbott and timely hitting from catcher Logan Michaels, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs, including a solo home run in the third as well as an insurance run in the ninth, Virginia defeated No. 3 seed Tennessee 6-0 on Day 2 of the College World Series.

After Michaels' home run, which came on Father's Day with his father in attendance, started the scoring, Virginia scored four runs in the seventh to break the game open. The top two batters in the Cavaliers' lineup – third baseman Zack Gelof and second baseman Max Cotier – went a combined 5-for-9 with one run and two RBI.

Cotier added Virginia's sixth and final run in the top of the ninth when he grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, scoring Michaels.

6:48 pm, June 20, 2021

Virginia's Michaels starts scoring with a HR

After a fairly quiet first two innings that saw three singles compared to six strikeouts, Virginia catcher Logan Michaels started the scoring with a home run to left field on a 2-1 count, putting the 'Hoos ahead early over No. 3 seed Tennessee.

Logan arrived in Omaha batting .242 this season without a single home run this season, so his third-inning homer came at a critical time.

6:43 pm, June 20, 2021

Pitching reigns supreme early

Through the first two innings of Tennessee and Virginia's College World Series opener, six of the first 12 outs were strikeouts, with Virginia's Andrew Abbott striking out four of the first nine batters he faced and Tennessee's Chad Dallas striking out two of the first seven. The teams have combined for just three hits through two innings – all singles.

5:49 pm, June 20, 2021

Tennessee-Virginia is underway

Tune into ESPN to catch the start of Day 2 of the 2021 College World Series as No. 3 seed Tennessee and Virginia meet in Omaha in each team's first game of the CWS.

Tennessee's Chad Dallas (11-1, 4.10 ERA) and Virginia's Andrew Abbott (8-6, 3.04 ERA) are the respective starters for the game, with the Volunteers as the home team.

Click or tap here to view the score and live stats from the game.

5:03 pm, June 20, 2021

Preview: No. 3 seed Tennessee vs. Virginia

Day 2 of the 2021 College World Series kicks off at 2 p.m. ET when No. 3 seed Tennessee (50-16) and Virginia (35-25) face off on ESPN. Tennessee ace Chad Dallas (11-1, 4.10 ERA) gets the start for the Volunteers, while left-hander Andrew Abbott (8-6, 3.04 ERA) will be on the bump for the Cavaliers.

Click or tap here to view the score and live stats from the game.

Below are the starting lineups for the game:

Virginia

3B Zack Gelof
2B Max Cotier
RF Kyle Teel
DH Devin Ortiz
SS Nic Kent
LF Alex Tappen
1B Jake Gelof
C Logan Michaels
CF Chris Newell

Tennessee

SS Liam Spence
2B Max Ferguson
3B Jake Rucker
CF Drew Gilbert
LF Evan Russell
1B Luc Lipcius
RF Jordan Beck
DH Pete Derkay
C Connor Pavolony

Click or tap here to view the College World Series bracket.

The winner of Sunday's Tennessee-Virginia game will face the winner of Texas-Mississippi State at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 22 on ESPN2, while the losing team will drop down to the elimination bracket to face the loser of Texas-Mississippi State.

2:00 pm, June 20, 2021

Sunday's College World Series schedule

Tennessee State Athletics Tennessee baseball

The 2021 College World Series began with a bang yesterday. NC State handled No. 9 Stanford, while No. 4 Vanderbilt held off No. 5 Arizona in a 12-inning classic

Now we shift to the opening games for Bracket 2, which features Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Below is Sunday's schedule.

FULL COVERAGE: Preview |CWS by the numbers | Under-the-radar-players | Predictions | Schedule

Here is the updated bracket for the 2021 College World Series. 

2021 College World Series bracket

Click or tap here for a printable bracket. You can view the interactive bracket right here.  

3:47 am, June 20, 2021

Vanderbilt wins 12-inning marathon vs. Arizona

Vanderbilt started its national title defense with a thrilling 7-6 walk-off win in 12 innings over Arizona in the nightcap of 2021 College World Series opening day.

After 2.5 scoreless extra inning frames — despite chances on both sides — Vandy's Jayson Gonzalez delivered the game-winning single past the diving shortstop with the bases loaded and Arizona's infield pulled in. Saturday night's game was the first extra inning affair in College World Series play since 2014.

The first nine innings saw plenty of back-and-forth action. Down to its final two outs and down 6-5, Arizona managed to tie it up on a Donta Williams sac fly. That erased the Vanderbilt lead Carter Young helped establish with a go-ahead two-run home run in a three-run seventh inning rally.

Vanderbilt's All-American pitcher Kumar Rocker, the 2019 CWS Most Outstanding Player, lasted 5.2 innings and gave up five runs (three earned) with seven strikeouts. Arizona tagged Rocker for three runs on four hits in the first inning. Rocker settled down before giving up a deep home run to Ryan Holgate on his 100th and final pitch.

Gonzalez finished with three hits on the night, which also included a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

In Saturday's first game, North Carolina State continued its magical run with a 10-4 win over Stanford, led by Jonny Butler's five RBIs. Stanford will now face Pac-12 rival Arizona in the first elimination game of the tournament Monday at 1 p.m. ET. NC State and Vanderbilt will follow at 6 p.m. ET in the winners' bracket.

Click or tap here to view the interactive DI baseball bracket. Below is the schedule for Sunday and Monday's games:

Sunday, June 20

Game 3: Tennessee vs. Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 4: Texas vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Monday, June 21

Game 5: Stanford vs. Arizona | 2 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 6: NC State vs. Vanderbilt | 7 p.m. | ESPN

3:36 am, June 20, 2021

Arizona escapes bases loaded jam to keep game going

Vanderbilt loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 11th, looking primed to send everyone home. But Arizona's Vince Vannelle came in and struck out Dominic Keegan and induced a groundout from pinch hitter Spencer Brown to keep the game tied heading into the 12th inning. Heck of a job by the freshman to get out of the jam.

The Wildcats begin the top of the 12th inning with the top of their order: Donta Williams, Jacob Berry and Branden Boissiere.

Click or tap here to follow live stats.

2:02 am, June 20, 2021

Arizona ties it up in top of the ninth

Leadoff hitter Donta Williams comes through for Arizona, delivering a sac fly to center field with one out in the top of the ninth to score the game-tying run off Vanderbilt's Luke Murphy. 

Vanderbilt failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, meaning we head to extra innings for the first time in the College World Series since 2014.

1:48 am, June 20, 2021

Young's clutch HR gives Vanderbilt the lead

The defending champs have broken through for another lead change in the seventh inning. Freshman Enrique Bradfield Jr. cut the deficit to one with an RBI single and then Carter Young came through with the go-ahead two-run homer to knock out Arizona starter Chase Silseth.

Vanderbilt is now six outs away from its third straight CWS win.

1:12 am, June 20, 2021

Arizona regains lead on Holgate bomb 💣

Arizona is back on top 5-3 after its turn in the sixth inning. Ryan Holgate tagged Kumar Rocker for a deep homer into the right field stands. It came on Rocker's 100th and final pitch of the day.

Rocker's final line: 5.2 innings, five runs, three earned runs, seven strikeouts, no walks, one HBP. He's in line for the first loss of his NCAA tournament career.

1:01 am, June 20, 2021

END 5: Arizona 3, Vanderbilt 3

After five frames, we're all even. Vanderbilt's Jayson Gonzalez connected on a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the fourth for a game-tying two-run home run to right-center.

Kumar Rocker has settled in after a rocky first inning but he's up over 90 pitches working in the sixth inning. Arizona hasn't recorded a hit since its three-run first inning.

12:48 am, June 20, 2021

Watch: Exclusive interview with Al Leiter

Nineteen-year MLB veteran and three-time World Series champion Al Leiter is in attendance for Vanderbilt's College World Series opener against Arizona. His son Jack Leiter, a first-team All-American and likely top 10 MLB draft pick, will likely start the Commodores' second game on Monday.

NCAA.com's Michella Chester spoke to Al in a brief, exclusive interview prior to Saturday's first pitch. Al reflected on Jack's baseball upbringing and let us in on how he knows Jack is on the top of his game. Watch the interview below.

Al Leiter takes us through Jack Leiter's baseball upbringing, keys to success
11:47 pm, June 19, 2021

Rocker strikes out the side in the second

After a challenging first inning that saw Arizona score three runs, including two thanks to back-to-back doubles, Vanderbilt starter Kumar Rocker settled in and struck out the side in the second inning, needing just 13 pitches – nine  of which were strikes. Rocker entered the game with 155 strikeouts in 106 innings and he has four through the first two innings tonight, which allowed him to reach 300 strikeouts for his career.

11:16 pm, June 19, 2021

Arizona strikes early against Vandy

No. 5 seed Arizona wasted no time to take the lead against No. 4 seed Vanderbilt as back-to-back doubles from designated hitter Jacob Berry and first baseman Branden Boissiere put the Wildcats ahead 2-0 in the top of the first with Vanderbilt ace Kumar Rocker on the mound. Vanderbilt got off to a rough start as Arizona lead-off batter Donta Williams reached base on an error by Vandy first baseman Dominic Keegan.

While Rocker got a pop out after a mound visit, Arizona's Daniel Susac singled to score Boissiere, putting Arizona up 3-0.

11:04 pm, June 19, 2021

Vanderbilt-Arizona is underway

The opening game of the College World Series was an upset that saw 14 total runs scored, including three separate half-innings in which a team scored at least three runs. Can the nightcap produce similar drama?

It has the teams and individual talent to do so, and it's now underway on ESPN as No. 4 seed Vanderbilt and No. 5 seed Arizona square off, with Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker (13-3) and Arizona's Chase Silseth (8-1) each getting the start.

Following along with the live stats here.

10:06 pm, June 19, 2021

Preview: No. 4 seed Vanderbilt vs. No. 5 seed Arizona

Two of the top five DI baseball teams in the country, based on their NCAA tournament seeds, will share the diamond in the nightcap of the opening day of the 2021 College World Series. Unseeded NC State's offense came alive in the afternoon to knock off No. 9 seed Stanford 10-4 on Saturday, leading into No. 4 seed Vanderbilt taking on No. 5 seed Arizona at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

You can see the score and live stats by clicking or tapping here.

Vanderbilt is 45-15 on the season and it took a five-game winning streak to Omaha. Arizona is 45-16, most recently winning two of three against Ole Miss in the super regionals.

Here are the starting lineups:

No. 4 seed Vanderbilt

CF Enrique Bradfield Jr.
SS Carter Young
1B Dominic Keegan
DH Troy LaNeve
RF Isaiah Thomas
2B Parker Noland
C CJ Rodriguez
LF Javier Vaz
3B Jayson Gonzalez

P Kumar Rocker (13-3, 2.46 ERA)

No. 5 seed Arizona

CF Donta Williams
DH Jacob Berry
1B Branden Boissiere
3B Tony Bullard
2B Kobe Kato
RF Ryan Holgate
C Daniel Susac
LF Tyler Casagrande
SS Nik McClaughry

P Chase Silseth (8-1, 5.54 ERA)

9:27 pm, June 19, 2021

NC State defeats No. 9 seed Stanford in CWS opener

NC State beats Stanford 10-4 in the opening round of the College World Series

Left fielder Jonny Butler had a huge game offensively, going 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs, including a two-run home run in the first inning and an RBI single in the ninth as part of the Wolfpack's offensive outburst in the final frame. NC State finished with 12 hits and six walks, forcing Stanford to use five pitchers – four of whom recorded four outs or fewer.

While NC State starter Reid Johnston was pulled in the seventh inning after allowing the first four batters to record a hit, including a two-run home run, he had pitched six innings of two-hit ball.

Click or tap here to view the interactive DI baseball bracket.

3:30 pm, June 16, 2021

2021 College World Series: Predictions, numbers to know

Mississippi State Athletics Mississippi State baseball

The 2021 College World Series begins on Saturday, June 19. That date will mark 723 days since the last CWS game was played. Mike Lopresti breaks down some other numbers of note heading into this weekend's action. Listed below are just a few.

  • 29: Schools that have won the College World Series. Five — Texas, Stanford, Virginia, Arizona and Vanderbilt — will play in Omaha this weekend. Vanderbilt, Arizona and Virginia have accounted for four of the eight most recent titles.
  • 6-0: Virginia’s record in elimination games in the NCAA tournament. This, after the Cavaliers lost their openers of both the regional and super regional, so they've spent June with their backs against the wall. 
  • 47: Consecutive games Arizona’s Donta Williams has reached base. The last time he failed to get on base was March 13.

In preparation for the CWS, journalists from NCAA.com and d1baseball.com recently discussed the biggest storylines and shared their predictions. You can read their conversation right here

6:11 am, June 13, 2021

Here is everything you need to know from Saturday's super regionals

Vanderbilt Athletics Vanderbilt advances to the College World Series

Good evening, college baseball fans 😴. Two teams — Vanderbilt and Stanford — clinched a spot in the College World Series on Saturday. Six super regionals will be in action tomorrow. 

👉 Click or tap here to see the updated interactive bracket.

Vanderbilt became the first team to advance to the College World Series. The Commodores have reached Omaha five times in the last 11 years.

Jack Leiter threw 10 strikeouts in Vandy’s CWS clinching game against East Carolina. The ‘Dores beat the Pirates 4-1. Leiter's performance comes one day after Kumar Rocker blanked ECU and struck out 11. Watch every Leiter strikeout below from Saturday below 👇.

Watch all of Jack Leiter's 10 strikeouts in Game 2 super regional win

Vanderbilt is now 24-7 in its last 31 postseason games.

After Saturday’s start, Leiter is third in program history for strikeouts in a singles season (156). That number should continue to climb in Omaha. 

Less than 24 hours after unseeded NC State lost by the equivalent of three touchdowns (21-2) to top seed Arkansas, the Wolfpack forced Game 3 with a 6-5 win. Cue a winner-take-all game on Sunday, 6 p.m. ET.

Here are a few more of the biggest moments from Saturday's action: 

Here are the scores from Saturday's super regionals:

Fayetteville Super Regional
NC State 6, No. 1 Arkansas 5

Nashville Super Regional
No. 4 Vanderbilt 4, No. 13 East Carolina 1
*Vanderbilt advances to the College World Series

Lubbock Super Regional
No. 9 Stanford 9, No. 8 Texas Tech 0 
*Stanford advances to the College World Series

Tucson Super Regional
No. 12 Ole Miss 12, No. 5 Arizona 3 

Austin Super Regional
No. 2 Texas 4, South Florida 3

Knoxville Super Regional
No. 3 Tennessee 4, LSU 2

Starkville Super Regional
No. 7 Mississippi State 9, No. 10 Notre Dame 8

Columbia Super Regional
DBU 6, Virginia 5

Keep scrolling for more coverage of the super regionals ⬇️.

5:27 pm, June 12, 2021

Back-to-back homers from Virginia tie the game

Virginia has tied the game, 2-2, thanks to back-to-back solo home runs Alex Tappen and Jake Gelof. The Cavaliers are still batting in the top of the fifth inning.
12:10 pm, June 12, 2021

Super regionals continue today: Saturday's schedule

Arizona Athletics Arizona baseball

Four teams are one win away from the College World Series. Super regionals continue today at all eight sites, with four series playing in Game 2 and the other four kicking off their Game 1s. Here is the schedule for Saturday (all times ET):

Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Stanford and Arizona all won yesterday to take 1-0 series leads. 

Click or tap here to view the updated interactive bracket.

12:48 pm, June 11, 2021

The super regionals begin today

Texas Tech Athletics Texas Tech baseball

For the 16 teams remaining in the 2021 DI baseball tournament, the College World Series is in sight. But only half of them will reach Omaha. It's time to determine which eight that'll be.

Four of the eight best-of-three super regional series begin today.

Below is a look at the updated championship bracket.

2021 DI baseball championship bracket

Click or tap here to view the interactive bracket.

2:17 am, June 6, 2021

Vanderbilt wins 4-3 over Georgia Tech

Vanderbilt remains undefeated in its regional, taking down Georgia Tech 4-3. Pitcher Jack Leiter of Vanderbilt recorded 11 K's in the win!

Click or tap here to view the final stats.

Watch highlights of Jack Leiter's performance:

Jack Leiter dazzles for Vanderbilt in NCAA postseason debut
1:32 am, June 5, 2021

No. 3 Tennessee walks it off❗️

One stroke of the bat was all it took for No. 3 Tennessee to advance to the winner's bracket in the Knoxville Regional, beating Wright State 9-8. That one stroke ended up being a walk-off grand slam. 

It sure looked like the Volunteers would drop Game 1 against Wright State. The Raiders led 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning.

But after two singles and a walk, Drew Gilbert blasted the walk-off grand slam to beat Wright State and shutter the Raiders' upset threat. Four Volunteers hit home runs on Friday night, but none more important that Gilbert's. Watch the granny and entire celebration below.

4:02 pm, May 31, 2021

DI baseball selections announced

Arkansas Athletics Arkansas is one of the 16 national seeds.

The DI baseball tournament field was announced Monday on ESPN2 as 64 teams were selected for regional competition. Click or tap here to view the tournament field, along with one thing to know about each team.

NCAA.com Here's the 2021 DI baseball bracket.

The national top 16 seeds are Arkansas (46-10), Texas (42-15), Tennessee (45-16), Vanderbilt (40-15), Arizona (40-15), TCU (40-17), Mississippi St. (40-15), Texas Tech (36-15), Stanford (33-14), Notre Dame (30-11), Old Dominion (42-14), Ole Miss (41-19), East Carolina (41-15), Oregon (37-14), Florida (38-20), and Louisiana Tech (40-18).

Regional play begins on Friday, June 4.

Click or tap here to view the interactive baseball bracket.

Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina and UC Santa Barbara were the last four teams in, while Baylor, Pitt, Georgia and Ball State were the first four out.

7:25 pm, May 24, 2021

The 2021 College World Series will be at full capacity for fans

The 2021 College World Series will be at 100 percent capacity.

This year's event runs Saturday, June 19 through Tuesday, June 29/Wednesday, June 30 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, June 7. You can find more info about tickets and the CWS here.

4:26 pm, May 20, 2021

Here is the College World Series schedule for the entire tournament

Eight teams will make it to Omaha with a chance to win a national championship. But first the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament starts with 64 teams. These teams will compete in 16 four-team regions in a double-elimination format. The 16 region winners then advance to the eight super regionals, which are a best-of-3 series between two teams.

Here's a timeline for how it all works:

Round Date(s)
Selection Show 12 p.m. ET on Monday, May 31 on ESPN2
Regionals Friday, June 4 through Monday, June 7
Super Regionals Friday, June 11 through Monday, June 14
College World Series begins Saturday, June 19
College World Series finals Monday, June 28 through Tuesday/Wednesday June 29-30
4:50 pm, May 20, 2021

The College World Series bracket and schedule

The eight-team College World Series will again be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Games run June 19 through June 29/30.

The bracket:

Click or tap here for another look at the bracket

Here is the 2021 College World Series bracket
4:45 pm, May 20, 2021

College World Series champion history

Vanderbilt is the defending champion, defeating Michigan in the 2019 CWS finals. Southern California has the most titles overall with 12, winning most recently in 1998.

YEAR CHAMPION (RECORD) COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2019 Vanderbilt (59-12) Tim Corbin 8-2 Michigan Omaha, Neb.
2018 Oregon State (55-12-1) Pat Casey  5-0 Arkansas Omaha, Neb. 
2017 Florida (52-19) Kevin O'Sullivan 6-1 LSU Omaha, Neb.
2016 Coastal Carolina (55-18) Gary Gilmore 4-3 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
2015 Virginia (44-24) Brian O'Connor 4-2 Vanderbilt Omaha, Neb.
2014 Vanderbilt (51-21) Tim Corbin 3-2 Virginia Omaha, Neb.
2013 * UCLA (49-17) John Savage 8-0 Mississippi State Omaha, Neb.
2012 * Arizona (48-17) Andy Lopez 4-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2011 * South Carolina (55-14) Ray Tanner 5-2 Florida Omaha, Neb.
2010 South Carolina (54-16) Ray Tanner 2-1 (11 inn.) UCLA Omaha, Neb.
2009 LSU (56-17) Paul Mainieri 11-4 Texas Omaha, Neb.
2008 Fresno State (47-31) Mike Batesole 6-1 Georgia Omaha, Neb.
2007 * Oregon State (49-18) Pat Casey 9-3 North Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2006 Oregon State (50-16) Pat Casey 3-2 North Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2005 * Texas (56-16) Augie Garrido 6-2 Florida Omaha, Neb.
2004 Cal St. Fullerton (47-22) George Horton 3-2 Texas Omaha, Neb.
2003 Rice (58-12) Wayne Graham 14-2 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
2002 * Texas (57-15) Augie Garrido 12-6 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2001 * Miami (Fla.) (53-12) Jim Morris 12-1 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
2000 * LSU (52-17) Skip Bertman 6-5 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
1999 * Miami (Fla.) (50-13) Jim Morris 6-5 Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1998 Southern California (49-17) Mike Gillespie 21-14 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1997 * LSU (57-13) Skip Bertman 13-6 Alabama Omaha, Neb.
1996 * LSU (52-15) Skip Bertman 9-8 Miami (Fla.) Omaha, Neb.
1995 * Cal St. Fullerton (57-9) Augie Garrido 11-5 Southern California Omaha, Neb.
1994 * Oklahoma (50-17) Larry Cochell 13-5 Georgia Tech Omaha, Neb.
1993 LSU (53-17-1) Skip Bertman 8-0 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1992 * Pepperdine (48-11-1) Andy Lopez 3-2 Cal St. Fullerton Omaha, Neb.
1991 * LSU (55-18) Skip Bertman 6-3 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1990 Georgia (52-19) Steve Webber 2-1 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1989 Wichita State (68-16) Gene Stephenson 5-3 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1988 Stanford (46-23) Mark Marquess 9-4 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1987 Stanford (53-17) Mark Marquess 9-5 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1986 Arizona (49-19) Jerry Kindall 10-2 Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1985 Miami (Fla.) (64-16) Ron Fraser 10-6 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1984 Cal St. Fullerton (66-20) Augie Garrido 3-1 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1983 * Texas (66-14) Cliff Gustafson 4-3 Alabama Omaha, Neb.
1982 * Miami (Fla.) (55-17-1) Ron Fraser 9-3 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1981 Arizona State (55-13) Jim Brock 7-4 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1980 Arizona (45-21-1) Jerry Kindall 5-3 Hawaii Omaha, Neb.
1979 Cal St. Fullerton (60-14-1) Augie Garrido 2-1 Arkansas Omaha, Neb.
1978 * Southern California (54-9) Rod Dedeaux 10-3 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1977 Arizona State (57-12) Jim Brock 2-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
1976 Arizona (56-17) Jerry Kindall 7-1 Eastern Michigan Omaha, Neb.
1975 Texas (59-6) Cliff Gustafson 5-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
1974 Southern California (50-20) Rod Dedeaux 7-3 Miami (Fla.) Omaha, Neb.
1973 * Southern California (51-11) Rod Dedeaux 4-3 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1972 Southern California (47-13-1) Rod Dedeaux 1-0 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1971 Southern California (46-11) Rod Dedeaux 5-2 Southern Illinois Omaha, Neb.
1970 Southern California (45-13) Rod Dedeaux 2-1 (15 inn.) Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1969 Arizona State (56-11) Bobby Winkles 10-1 Tulsa Omaha, Neb.
1968 * Southern California (43-12-1) Rod Dedeaux 4-3 Southern Illinois Omaha, Neb.
1967 Arizona State (53-12) Bobby Winkles 11-0 Houston Omaha, Neb.
1966 Ohio State (27-6-1) Marty Karow 8-2 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1965 Arizona State (54-8) Bobby Winkles 2-0 Ohio State Omaha, Neb.
1964 Minnesota (31-12) Dick Siebert 5-1 Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1963 Southern California (35-10) Rod Dedeaux 5-2 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1962 Michigan (34-15) Don Lund 5-4 (15 inn.) Santa Clara Omaha, Neb.
1961 * Southern California (36-7) Rod Dedeaux 1-0 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1960 Minnesota (34-7-1) Dick Siebert 2-1 (10 inn.) Southern California Omaha, Neb.
1959 Oklahoma State (27-5) Toby Greene 5-0 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1958 Southern California (29-3) Rod Dedeaux 8-7 (12 inn.) Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1957 * California (35-10) George Wolfman 1-0 Penn State Omaha, Neb.
1956 Minnesota (37-9) Dick Siebert 12-1 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1955 Wake Forest (29-7) Taylor Sanford 7-6 Western Michigan Omaha, Neb.
1954 Missouri (22-4) John "Hi" Simmons 4-1 Rollins Omaha, Neb.
1953 Michigan (21-9) Ray Fisher 7-5 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1952 Holy Cross (21-3) Jack Barry 8-4 Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1951 * Oklahoma (19-9) Jack Baer 3-2 Tennessee Omaha, Neb.
1950 Texas (27-6) Bibb Falk 3-0 Washington State Omaha, Neb.
1949 * Texas (23-7) Bibb Falk 10-3 Wake Forest Wichita, Kan.
1948 Southern California (26-4) Sam Barry 9-2 Yale Kalamazoo, Mich.
1947 * California (31-10) Clint Evans 8-7 Yale Kalamazoo, Mich.

*Indicates undefeated teams in College World Series play.