College baseball fans from around the country will be making their annual pilgrimage to Omaha, Nebraska this weekend as the 2012 College World Series kicks off.
The field is a mixture of veterans and newcomers to Omaha. Two teams are making their first trip to the Series (Kent State and Stony Brook). Four have taken second place in years past, but have never been able to win the title (Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, and UCLA). Only two are former champions including the winner of the last two CWS (South Carolina and Arizona; the Gamecocks won the last two CWS).
The eight remaining teams are seeded accordingly for the double elimination tournament.
- Florida State
- Kent State
- Stony Brook
- South Carolina
Starting the tournament off will be the UCLA Bruins and Stony Brook Seawolves Friday afternoon at 5 PM ET. Saturday night will mark the first time since 1960 that the previous season’s championship match-up will be paired in the opening round (South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators, 9 PM ET)