Day two of the 2011 College World Series gets underway today with the first two games of Bracket Two in the double elimination section of the CWS. Four talented teams are ready to go today, including the biggest underdog of the final eight: California Golden Bears. Cal comes in with the least amount of wins by far (37), but they've played as well as anyone heading in, so they're not a team to be overlooked.
Then again, Cal is facing one of the most powerful teams here in Virginia who feature one of the best pitching staffs left in competition anchored by recent top MLB draft choice Danny Hultzen. The Cavaliers went 54-10 and on paper, the game is a total mismatch with Virginia ranking higher in nearly every hitting and pitching category. Yet it's that tough, scrappy nature that has Cal here in the first place, so you can believe that Virginia will not rest on their laurels.
In the second game of the day, South Carolina and ace Michael Roth take on Texas A&M, led by Ross Starling, to see who can advance from probably the most even match-up in the first round. South Carolina is the repeating champion, so many might believe them the team to beat, but Texas A&M's stepped up since John Stilson's injury and you should expect that momentum to continue.
Sunday's Games (All Times Eastern):
California v. Virginia - 2pm - ESPN
South Carolina v. Texas A&M - 7pm - ESPN2