NCAA baseball: 16 must-see players in Super Regionals
Sixteen teams have emerged from NCAA regionals and will continue the road to the College World Series with Super Regionals beginning Friday.
As we gear up toward the final stretch, let’s look back on which players made their mark on regional play and how they can contribute to a trip to Omaha.
Peter Alonso | Florida | Jr. | 1B
Alonso suffered an injury on May 13, but the first baseman wouldn't let a broken bone in his left hand keep him from playing in the regionals. Alonso quickly put away any doubts about his hand with A 3-4, three-RBI performance in the opener against Bethune-Cookman. His stellar numbers continued as he finished with eight RBI and a .571 batting average.
Dylan Busby | Florida State | So. | IF
Something about the postseason has just clicked with Busby, starting all the way back in the ACC tournament. In fact, Busby is a combined 17-of-33 with 18 RBIs and six home runs in the past seven games in Durham and Tallahassee. In the regional championship, Busby crushed back-to-back home runs on Sunday in the Seminoles 18-6 win over South Alabama.
Zach Remillard | Coastal Carolina | Sr. | 3B
As part of a strong senior leadership, Remillard has excelled in the clean-up spot this season for Coastal Carolina. With a spot in regional final on the line, Remillard led the charge as the senior went 3-for-5 against NC State and tallied three of Coastal's four runs in the win. In a rematch during the regional final, Remillard capped off the weekend with 2-for-5 outing in the win.
Jared Poche' | LSU | Jr. | Pitcher
Poche' entered the regional championship game against Rice on just three days rest and with his team down 2-1. But once he entered, the southpaw retired 16 straight Owls batters to push LSU into the super regionals. In his two wins on the mound, Poche' gave up only one earned run in 12 innings to post a 0.75 ERA while he also struck out 14 batters.
Hayden Howard | Texas Tech | Jr. | Pitcher
Howard started off the weekend with his eighth save of the season in the 4-3 win over New Mexico, which was capped off by a pickoff play at first. The southpaw had to put in a little more work against Dallas Baptist with 4.2 innings pitched. But the junior shut down DBU's offense with six straight retired batters to earn the win.
Travis Watkins | East Carolina | RS Jr. | Catcher
Watkins pulled off an impressive feat this postseason as his walk-off three-run homer stunned defending champion Virginia and sent ECU to the regional final. Watkins followed up with a performance in the regional final over William & Mary, including a two-run blast in the fifth inning. The Pirates catcher enters the weekend with .462 batting average.
Cam Warner | TCU | Jr. | 2B
Warner's bats powered TCU to a third-straight super regional and earned him MVP honors. The junior from Australia posted six RBIs and a .313 batting average through three games. In the final against Arizona State, Warner knocked a RBI-double and sent a two-run shot over the fence for his second of the weekend. The second baseman also recorded eight putouts and seven assists.
Jonathan Moroney | Texas A&M | Sr. | Outfield
Texas A&M hitters combined for 34 runs over three games and Moroney has been posting excellent numbers with RISP. The senior batted a career-high six RBIs in the 22-2 win over Wake Forest and added another two RBI against Binghamton in the opener. Overall, Moroney has a .600 batting average with eight RBI and five runs over the weekend.
Brendan McKay | Louisville | So. | Utlity
McKay is one of the most versatile players in college baseball this season with the sophomore pulling off double duty on the mound and at the plate. The Dick Howser Trophy finalist picked up the win on Saturday over Ohio State and struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings pitched. At the plate during the regional, McKay averaged .455 at the plate with three RBI and three runs.
Clay Fisher | UC Santa Barbara | So. | SS
Alongside teammate Austin Bush, Clay Fisher had a terrific outing in the Nashville regional as the shortstop went 7-15 with seven RBI. His best game came in the regional championship with a 3-6, four-RBI performance against Xavier. Fisher converted some huge defensive saves in the infield too, including a Derek Jeter like throw:
Conor Costello | Oklahoma State | Sr. | Utility
Costello does it all for the Cowboys as a pitcher, outfielder and designated hitter, but the utlity player has seen the greater success at the plate. Costello posted a .667 batting average in the Clemson regional, which makes him one of the tournament's hottest hitters. Injuries have not been kind to Costello, so it's great to see the senior help Oklahoma State to the supers.
Tyler Johnson | South Carolina | So. | Pitcher
Johnson became the unlikely hero of the Columbia regional as he stepped up from a relief to starting role for the Gamecocks on Sunday. The right-hander posted a 0.87 ERA with 13 strikeouts and picked up a pair of wins. The first kept the Gamecocks alive in the regional while Johnson threw a complete game in the 10-1 win over UNCW to force the winner-take-all meeting.
Brent Rooker | Misssissippi State | So. | OF
Mississippi State is another super regional team loaded with talent and Rooker is among the standouts. The Bulldogs captain earned Starkville Regional MVP honors following a two-RBI performance in the regional final. Rooker finished the weekend with .400 batting average, two home runs and six total RBI.
Nathan Bannister | Arizona | Sr. | Pitcher
Ace pitcher Nathan Bannister is leading the charge for Arizona as the righty earned two crucial elimination game wins in the Lafayette regional. After 14 innings pitched and three earned runs, Bannister posted 1.92 ERA for the Wildcats. Bannister struck out nine batters and threw for 198 pitches in two appearances.
Carl Chester | Miami (Fla.) | So. | OF
Chester earned the Coral Gables regional’s most outstanding honors and they were well deserved. The sophomore's biggest moment came with his two-out single in the 11th inning to bring in the game-winning run against Long Beach State and send Miami to the regional final. In three games for the Canes, Chester finished with .357 batting average and three RBI.
Boston College: Justin Dunn | Jr. | Pitcher
In just his seventh start of the season, Justin Dunn pitched a masterful game against Tulane and it set the tone for the Eagles’ incredible weekend. Dunn tossed 11 strikeouts against the Green Wave and gave up only five hits and one walk on 108 pitches. Miami hitters faced a tough starter against Long Beach State in regional-play, so Dunn could get them fits in the Supers.
WHAT A DAY FOR DUNN! Career-high 11 Ks and just one walk. pic.twitter.com/uzocdA9AaH— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) June 3, 2016