2003 NCAA BASEBALL SUPER REGIONALS
(Associated Press)
A look at the matchups for the eight best-of-three super regionals, which start Friday (coaches' records and years coached are at current schools through regionals, and tournament appearances include this year):
TEXAS (46-18) at FLORIDA STATE (54-11-1)
SITE: Dick Howser Stadium; Tallahassee, Fla.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Texas won Austin regional: beat Bucknell 7-0; beat Lamar 7-3; lost to Lamar 6-2; beat Lamar 6-3. Florida State won Tallahassee regional: beat Jacksonville 6-0; lost to South Alabama 8-6; beat South Alabama 13-5; beat South Alabama 12-2.
COACHES: Texas, Augie Garrido (273-160-1, eighth year). Florida State, Mike Martin (1,293-427-4, 24th year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): Texas, 47 (2002). Florida State, 41 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Texas: LHP J.P. Howell (8-2, 2.39 ERA), OF Dustin Majewski (.395, 12 home runs, 81 RBIs), SS Omar Quintanilla (.355, 68 RBIs), LHP Justin Simmons (5-5, 4.15), RHP Huston Street (8-0, 1.35, 12 saves), OF Eric Sultemeier (.318, 9, 50). Florida State: LHP Daniel Davidson (10-0, 2.63), DH Eddy Martinez-Esteval (.373, 9, 42), SS Stephen Drew (.326, 11, 59, 33 stolen bases), LHP Matt Lynch (13-3, 3.20), OF Tony McQuade (.321, 13, 56), LHP Trent Peterson (10-1, 2.68), C Tony Richie (.363, 11, 75).
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (45-16) at MIAMI (42-15-1)
SITE: Mark Light Field; Coral Gables, Fla.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: North Carolina State won Wilson regional: beat Le Moyne, N.Y. 8-2; beat Virginia Commonwealth 4-3, 10 innings; beat Western Carolina 6-4 in 14 innings. Miami won Coral Gables regional: beat Bethune-Cookman 10-5; beat Florida Atlantic 1-0; lost to Florida 15-5; beat Florida 13-10.
COACHES: North Carolina State, Elliott Avent (261-167, seventh year). Miami, Jim Morris (468-163-2, 10th year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): North Carolina State, 17 (1999). Miami, 32 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: North Carolina State: SS Matt Camp (.343, 74 hits), RHP Joey Devine (6-2, 2.03, 14 saves), OF Joe Gaetti (14 HRs, 50 RBIs), C Colt Morton (19 HRs, 51 RBIs), 1B Justin Riley (17 HRs, 46 RBIs), RHP Michael Rogers (12-3, 2.64), RHP Vern Sterry (11-0, 3.04). Miami: SS Ryan Braun (.376, 15, 70), 1B Jim Burt Jr. (.309, 10, 39), LHP Brandon Camardese (9-1), LHP J.D. Cockroft (11-2, 2.20), OF Danny Figueroa (.335, 39 SBs), RHP George Huguet (3-2, 1.52, eight saves), 3B Adam Ricks (.337, 52 RBIs),
HOUSTON (36-28) at RICE (51-10)
SITE: Reckling Park; Houston.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Houston won College Station regional: lost to Alabama 9-3; beat Oral Roberts 4-2; beat Texas A&M 7-6; beat Texas A&M 7-6 in 10 innings. Rice won Houston regional: beat McNeese State 3-2 in 10 innings; beat Wichita State 10-1; beat Wichita State 5-2.
COACHES: Houston, Rayner Noble (330-222, ninth year). Rice, Wayne Graham (529-222, 12th year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): Houston, 15 (2002). Rice, 10 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Houston: OF Michael Bourn (.327), 3B Hyung Cho (.359, 14, 64), OF Gabe Lucas (.283), RHP Brad Sullivan (6-7, 2.71, 152 Ks), DH Travis Tully (.283, ), RHP Ryan Wagner (6-5, 14 saves, 138 Ks), LHP Danny Zell (8-5, 3.47). Rice: RHP David Aardsma (5-3, 10 saves), IF Enrique Cruz (.347, 9, 49), OF Austin Davis (.345, 5, 57), RHP Philip Humber (10-2, 3.16), RHP Jeff Niemann (15-0, 1.65, 130 Ks), 1B Vincent Sinisi (.361, 8, 54), RHP Wade Townsend (9-1, 1.97, 141 Ks).
SOUTHWEST MISSOURI STATE (38-24) at OHIO STATE (44-19)
SITE: Bill Davis Stadium; Columbus, Ohio.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: SW Missouri State won Lincoln regional: beat Coastal Carolina 8-3; beat Nebraska 4-2; lost to Nebraska 9-5; beat Nebraska 7-0. Ohio State won Auburn regional: beat Clemson 10-8; beat Auburn 6-2; beat Auburn 9-7.
COACHES: SW Missouri State, Keith Guttin (749-421, 21st year). Ohio State, Bob Todd (651-327-2, 16th year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): SW Missouri State, seven (2002). Ohio State, 16 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: SW Missouri State: OF Dant'e Brinkley (.344, 7, 42, 24 SBs), SS-RHP Shaun Marcum (13 saves), OF Greg Mathis (.319, 46 RBIs), RHP Chad Mulholland (10-3, 2.73), OF Tony Piazza (.305, 14, 48), RHP Brad Ziegler (11-1). Ohio State: 2B Drew Anderson (.314, 11, 33), OF Steve Caravati (.330, 6, 46), LHP Scott Lewis (9-1, 1.61, 127 Ks), RHP Mike Madsen (8-1, 3.17), LHP Josh Newman (8-5, 4.12), OF Christian Snavely (.335, 16, 54).
BAYLOR (44-21) at LOUISIANA STATE (43-19-1)
SITE: Alex Box Stadium; Baton Rouge, La.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Baylor won Hattiesburg regional: beat Murray State 7-6; beat Southern 10-3; beat Southern Mississippi 3-2. LSU won Baton Rouge regional: beat Northeastern 11-7; beat Tulane 13-5; beat N.C.-Wilmington 9-8 in 11 innings.
COACHES: Baylor, Steve Smith (342-201-1, ninth year). LSU, Smoke Laval (87-41-1, second year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): Baylor, 11 (2002). LSU, 19 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Baylor: RHP Zane Carlson (3-4, 2.61, 11 saves), OF Chris Durbin (.335, 17, 47), C Josh Ford (.316, 12, 61), 3B Michael Griffin (.357, 11, 76), OF David Murphy (.420, 11, 64), RHP Sean Walker (8-5, 4.79), RHP Steven White (8-4, 4.31). LSU: RHP Nate Bumstead (11-2, 3.92), 1B Clay Harris (.335, 13, 55), SS Aaron Hill (.368, 8, 62), RHP Justin Meier (7-3, 2.61), DH Ryan Patterson (.357, 14, 47), RHP Bo Pettit (9-2), OF Jon Zeringue (.341, 12, 39).
ARIZONA STATE (53-12) at CAL STATE FULLERTON (46-13)
SITE: Goodwin Field; Fullerton, Calif.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Arizona State won Tempe regional: beat Central Connecticut State 14-2; beat New Mexico State 15-0; beat UNLV 16-1. Cal State Fullerton won Fullerton regional: beat San Diego 3-1; beat Notre Dame 4-3; beat Notre Dame 8-1.
COACHES: Arizona State, Pat Murphy (359-176-1, ninth year). Cal State Fullerton, George Horton (307-129-1, seventh year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): Arizona State, 27 (2002). Cal State Fullerton, 25 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Arizona State: LHP Erik Averill (8-1, 3.39), 1B Jeff Larish (.372, 17, 92), RHP Jared Liebeck (8-0, 2.57), SS Dustin Pedroia (.423, 120 hits, 52 RBIs), RHP Ryan Schroyer (5-2, 1.62, eight saves), RHP Ben Thurmond (7-0, 2.68), DH Jeremy West (.384, 17, 71). Cal State Fullerton: OF Kyle Boyer (.338, 48 RBIs, 23 SBs), RHP Chad Cordero (5-1, 1.52, seven saves), OF Shane Costa (.371, 50 RBIs, 26 SBs), OF Danny Dorn (.370, 6, 53), 3B Ronnie Prettyman (.358), LHP Ryan Schreppel (5-2, 1.86), RHP Jason Windsor (9-2, 1.87).
LONG BEACH STATE (41-18) at STANFORD (44-15)
SITE: Sunken Diamond; Stanford, Calif.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Long Beach State won Long Beach regional: beat Pepperdine 6-1; beat Washington 7-2; beat Washington 7-2. Stanford won Stanford regional: beat Illinois-Chicago 9-2; beat UC Riverside 13-6; beat Richmond 19-6.
COACHES: Long Beach State, Mike Weathers (80-39, second year). Stanford, Mark Marquess (1,137-548-5, 27th year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): Long Beach State, 14 (2002). Stanford, 24 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Long Beach State: LHP Abe Alvarez (11-1, 2.41), OF John Bowker (.340, 7, 33), OF Brad Davis (.308, 99 total bases), 3B Adam Heether (.360), SS Tim Hutting (.325), LHP Cesar Ramos (6-4, 2.85), RHP Jered Weaver (14-3, 1.99, 139 Ks). Stanford: OF Sam Fuld (.333, 32 RBIs), C Ryan Garko (.418, 18, 87), RHP John Hudgins (10-3, 3.33), RHP Matt Manship (3.59, eight saves), OF Danny Putnam (.349, 13, 52), OF Carlos Quentin (.386, 10, 55), LHP Mark Romanczuk (11-0, 3.49)
NORTH CAROLINA (42-21) at SOUTH CAROLINA (42-20)
SITE: Sarge Frye Field; Columbia, S.C.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: North Carolina won Starkville regional: beat Missouri 4-3 in 11 innings; beat Mississippi State 10-5; beat Mississippi State 8-6 in 11 innings. South Carolina won Atlanta regional: beat East Carolina 4-0; beat Stetson 7-2; beat Stetson 9-3.
COACHES: North Carolina, Mike Fox (203-103, fifth year). South Carolina, Ray Tanner (316-133, seventh year).
TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (LAST): North Carolina, 18 (2002). South Carolina, 19 (2002).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: North Carolina: RHP Gary Bakker (6-3, 4.32), OF Jeremy Cleveland (.406, 19, 64), OF Sean Farrell (.354, 14, 61), 3B Sammy Hewitt (.362, 10, 48), C Chris Iannetta (.320, 55 RBIs), LHP Adam Kalkhof (7-1, 3.92), LHP Daniel Moore (7-2, 3.39). South Carolina: LHP Steven Bondurant (6-3, 2.85), 3B Brian Buscher (.384, 12, 58), SS Justin Harris (.352, 32 RBIs), LHP David Marchbanks (14-2, 2.36), 2B Kevin Melillo (.319, 11, 41), C Landon Powell (.327, 7, 52), RHP Aaron Rawl (6-3, 2.85, six saves).