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College World Series first-round matchups

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

At Omaha's T.D Ameritrade Stadium (capacity 24,000, opened 2011)

First-round games

No. 3 Oregon State (50-11) vs. Mississippi State (48-18), noon Saturday (ESPN2)

OREGON STATE, coach Pat Casey, 19th year

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Have won 21 of 24. Pac-12 champion. Last CWS appearance: 2007. Super regional: Beat Kansas State in three games. Team batting average: .291. Top hitters: 6-0, 210 So. RF Dylan Davis (.343, 22 doubles, 58 RBIs), 6-2, 215 So. LF Michael Conforto (.320, 11 home runs, 45 RBIs, .444 OBP), 5-10, 170 Jr. 2B Andy Peterson (.329). Team ERA: 2.22. Top pitchers: 5-11, 180 Fr. RH Andrew Moore (14-1, 1.36, .194 OBA), 6-3, 215 Sr. LH Matt Boyd (10-3, 2.13, .198), 6-1, 210 Jr. LH Ben Wetzler (9-1, 2.11).

MISSISSIPPI STATE, coach John Cohen, fifth year

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Have won 12 of 15. Started season 17-0. Third place, SEC Western Division. Reached semifinals of SEC Tournament. Super regional: Beat No. 6 seed Virginia in two games. Last CWS appearance: 2007. Team batting average: .297. Top hitters: 6-1, 215 Jr. RF Hunter Renfroe (.360, 15 homers, 61 RBIs, .445 OBP), 5-11, 175 Jr. SS Adam Frazier (.359, 60 runs, 102 hits, .405 OBP), 6-5, 270 So. 1B Wes Rea (.288, 7 homers). Team ERA: 2.77. Top pitchers: 6-1, 195 Sr. RH Kendall Graveman (7-5, 3.14, .268 OBA), 5-11, 205 So. LH Jacob Lindgren (4-3, 4.18, .244, 18 walks, 65 Ks in 56 innings), 6-2, 230 so. RH closer Jonathan Holder (2-0, 1.31, 18 saves), 6-1, 195 sr. LH Chad Girodi (8-1, 1.38, .218).

Indiana (48-14) vs. Louisville (51-12), 5 p.m. Saturday

INDIANA, coach Tracy Smith, eighth year

ABOUT THE HOOSIERS: Have won 10 of 11. Big Ten champion. Big Ten Tournament champion. First Big Ten team to advance to the CWS since 1984. Super Regional: Beat No. 7 seed Florida State in two games. Last CWS appearance: First. Team batting average: .305. Top hitters: 6-3, 205 Jr. 3B Dustin DeMuth (.389, 443 OBA), 6-0, 235 So. C Kyle Schwarber (.376, 63 runs, .468 OBA), 6-0, 205 So. 1B Sam Travis (.313, 10 homers, 56 RBIs). Team ERA: 2.67. Top pitchers: 6-10, 250 So. RH Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13), 5-10, 180 Jr. LH Joey DeNato (9-2, 2.76), 6-5, 230 Jr. RH Ryan Halstead (4-4, 2.40, 11 saves, .176 OBA).

LOUISVILLE, coach Dan McDonnell, seventh year

ABOUT THE CARDINALS: Have won 21 of 23. Won Big East championship. Eliminated in two games in Big East Tournament. Set school record for single-season wins. Louisville’s athletic year includes Sugar Bowl victory, men’s basketball national championship and women’s basketball national runner-up finish. Super Regional: Beat No. 2 seed Vanderbilt in two games. Last CWS appearance: 2007. Team batting average: .291. Top hitters: 5-10, 180 Jr. 3B Ty Young (.339, 57 RBIs, .424 OBP), 6-2, 220 Jr. DH Jeff Gardner (.335, 9 homers), 5-11, 205 Jr. LF Coco Johnson (.333, 8 homers, .438 OBP). Team ERA: 2.50. Top pitchers: 6-6, 250 Jr. RH Jeff Thompson (11-1, 2.00, 109 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings, .169 OBA), 6-4, 215 Jr. RH Chad Green (10-3, 2.29), 6-4, 220 So. RH Nick Burdi (3-3, 0.78, .197 OBA).

No. 1 North Carolina (57-10) vs. North Carolina State (49-14) noon Sunday

NORTH CAROLINA, coach Mike Fox, 15th year

ABOUT THE TAR HEELS: Have won 11 of 12. ACC Coastal Division champion. ACC Tournament champion. Super Regional: Beat South Carolina in three games. Last CWS appearance: 2011. Team batting average: .306. Top hitters: 6-4, 215 Sr. 1B Cole Stubbs (.366, .447 OBP), 6-1, 180 Fr. SS Landon Lassiter (.361, 74 runs, .502 OBP), 6-3, 215 Jr. 3B Colin Moran (.343, 73 runs, 13 homers, 88 RBIs, .472 OB). Team ERA: 2.78. Top pitchers: 6-0, 170 Fr. RH Trent Thornton (11-1, 1.28, 8 saves, 1.94 OBA), 6-4, 225 Jr. LH Kent Emanuel (11-3, 2.92), 6-2, 175 So. RH Benton Moss (8-1, 3.78).

NORTH CAROLINA STATE, coach Elliott Avent, 17th year

ABOUT THE WOLFPACK: Have won 16 of 19. ACC Atlantic Division runner-up. Lost in ACC Tournament semifinals. Super Regional: Beat Rice in two games. Last CWS appearance: 1968. Team batting average: .279. Top hitters: 6-1, 170 So. SS Trea Turner (.378, 65 runs, 7 homers, .460 OBP), 6-0, 175 So. RF Jake Fincher (.327, .412 OBP), 6-0, 220 Sr. 1B Tarran Senay (.291, 8 homers, 58 RBIs). Team ERA: 3.09. Top pitchers: 6-4, 195 Sr. RH Ethan Ogburn (5-3, 2.70), 6-3, 235 So. LH Carlos Rodon (9-2, 3.19, 170 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings), 6-0, 200 Sr. LH Grant Sasser (3-0, 1.10 ERA, .197 OBA).

No. 4 Louisiana State (57-9) vs. UCLA (44-17) 5 p.m. Sunday

LOUISIANA STATE, coach Paul Mainieri, seventh year

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Have won eight in a row. Third place, SEC West. SEC Tournament champion. Super Regional: Beat Oklahoma in two games. Last CWS appearance: 2009. Team batting average: .308. Top hitters: 6-0, 195 Fr. SS Alex Bregman (.380, .426 OBP), 5-10, 190 Sr. 1B Mason Katz (.366, 15 homers, 68 RBIs, .426 OBP), 6-0, 175 Sr. LF Raph Rhymes (.343, .413 OBP). Team ERA: 2.41. Top pitchers: 6-1, 185 So. RH Aaron Nola (12-0, 1.68, .187 OBA), 6-4, 195 So. LH Cody Glenn (7-2, 2.41), 5-10, 165 Sr. LH Chris Cotton (4-1, 1.23, 16 saves, .158 OBA).

UCLA, coach John Savage, ninth year.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: Have won six in a row. Third place, Pac-12. Super Regional: Beat No. 5 seed Cal State Fullerton in two games. Last CWS appearance: 2012. Team batting average: .251. Top hitters: 6-0, 195 So. 3B Kevin Kramer (.279, .387 OBP), 6-0, 180 So. RF Eric Filia (.278, .388 OBP), 6-2, 225 Jr. 1B Pat Gallagher (.277, .380 OBP). Team ERA: 2.69. Top pitchers: 6-0, 190 So. RH David Berg (7-0, 0.88, 73 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings, .194 OBA), 6-3, 190 Jr. RH David Plutko (8-3, 2.35), 6-3, 195 Jr. RH Nick Vander Tuig (12-4, 2.37).

-- Kerry Eggers