Florida baseball was the first team in the country this season to punch its ticket to the Men’s College World Series and had the benefit of sitting back and watching the rest of the weekend unfold as teams scrambled to punch their ticket to Omaha.
While all eight teams have yet to be decided, the Florida Gators do know the other three teams that will join them on their side of the bracket.
Florida Baseball: Welcome to Omaha
As a reminder, the College World Series follows the same format as the Regional round. Florida will be in a four-team bracket that is double elimination. The lone team to survive will take on the survivor of the other side of the bracket for the best-of-three championship series.
Florida will have the following three teams join them on their side of the bracket:
- Oral Roberts
Florida baseball will open against Virginia on Friday. The Cavaliers are ranked seventh in the country and advanced out of their Super Regional after defeating Duke in three games. Virginia dropped the first game before pummeling Duke in games two and three.
The winner of that game will take on the winner of TCU vs Oral Roberts.
TCU opened the season with wins over Vanderbilt and Arkansas before embarking on a mediocre middle part of the season which included being swept by West Virginia. They have won 17 of their last 18, including taking out Arkansas in the Regional round.
Oral Roberts is the Cinderella of the tournament. Gator fans will have flashbacks of the Golden Eagles in basketball, beating Florida as a 15 seed in the 2021 tournament. The baseball version of the 2023 Golden Eagles was a four-seed in the Stillwater Regional but knocked off Oklahoma State before knocking off Oregon in the Super Regional. Despite a record of 51-12, the Golden Eagles are only rated 62nd in the NCAA RPI due to their strength of schedule.