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OMAHA, Neb. — Arkansas baseball opens its 11th College World Series against Stanford on Saturday at Charles Schwab Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The Razorbacks (43-19) lost to Stanford (47-16) early in the season at the Round Rock Classic, with the Cardinal shutting out Arkansas before sweeping the tournament. Stanford made it to Omaha as the No. 2 national seed.
Arkansas will start righthander Connor Noland (7-5, 3.86 ERA). Noland has had two strong starts this postseason, going seven innings against Grand Canyon at the Stillwater Regional and 6⅔ without a run against UNC in the super regional.
Stanford ace Alex Williams (8-3, 2.88 ERA) will start for the Cardinal. Williams was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and an NCBWA second-team All-American.
The Men's College World Series is set, but the team everyone was expecting to see in Omaha didn't make the trip.
Tennessee, the undisputed No. 1 team in the country, was upset by Notre Dame in the super regionals at Knoxville, leaving a wide-open field to battle for the national championship.
The eight teams are split into two four-team, double elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket facing off in the best-of-three finals scheduled to begin June 25. All games will air on either ESPN or ESPN2 and are available on the ESPN App.
Play in the first bracket begins Friday with Oklahoma facing No. 5 Texas A&M (ESPN, 2 ET) in the opener, and Notre Dame taking on No. 9 Texas (ESPN, 7 ET) in the nightcap.
In the other bracket Saturday, Arkansas plays No. 2 Stanford (ESPN, 2 ET) and Ole Miss meets No. 14 Auburn (ESPN2, 7 ET).
To get you ready for all the action, we asked our college baseball experts Ryan McGee, Mike Rooney, Chris Burke and Kiley McDaniel to break down the contenders, top storylines and make their picks for the last two teams standing.
The 2022 NCAA Baseball’s College World Series started with a bang in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday.
Four teams were in action, and Notre Dame and Oklahoma — 2 nationally unseeded teams — advanced in the winner’s bracket. The Oklahoma Sooners scored 8 runs in the first 2 innings against the Texas A&M Aggies, and TAMU had to play from the behind the whole game. The Sooners ended up winning 13-8.
The Irish, on the other hand, shut down Texas’ elite offense and held the Longhorns to just 3 runs, as Notre Dame won 7-3.
On Saturday, 4 more teams are in action. Arkansas plays Stanford at 2 p.m., while SEC West rivals Ole Miss and Auburn play at 7 p.m. It will be all 4 teams’ first game in Omaha.
Of the 64 teams total in regional play, 32 were selected on an at-large basis by the Division I Baseball Committee and 16 national seeds hosted regionals tournaments. The winners of the regional tournament host sites advanced to the Super Regionals.
Saturday, June 18
Arkansas vs. Stanford, Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN
Ole Miss vs. Auburn, Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
The 2022 College World Series is officially underway!
This year's field of teams is made up of Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M, and there is plenty of future pro talent on those eight rosters.
Ahead we've provided a rundown of the top 10 prospects for the 2022 MLB draft who will be in action at this year's College World Series.
Ole Miss shortstop Jacob Gonzalez (2023) and Stanford outfielder Braden Montgomery (2024) have a chance to be early picks in the next two draft classes, but our focus was solely on the 2022 event.