When you look at this year’s College World Series Super Regionals you’ll see a lot of the usual contenders. National Favorites like Miami, LSU, Florida, and Louisville are again playing this week for a chance at the CWS but none of these teams have won 19 straight games. The Missouri State Bears haven’t lost a game since April 25 and show no signs of slowing down. They swept their three regional games and will begin a best of 3 series with Arkansas on June 5th.
The Bears have only made it this far twice in school history but that doesn’t mean they should be looked at as underdogs. Even though Missouri State is playing in Fayetteville and has an overall record of 23-51 against the Razorbacks they still have the talent to beat their rivals to the south. For a Mid-Major school the Bears offer some big time talent including 4 players that received postseason All-America honors. Junior pitcher Matt Hall leads this group and is a major reason why the Bears pitching staff has an incredible 1.99 ERA over the win streak. Hall and fellow starter Jon Harris have combined to strike out 276 batters this season. In a short three game series having two shut down starters is a great recipe to get back to the CWS for the first time since 2003. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bears do against Arkansas and other national powers on the way to the finals!