Pathways to the College World Series

As spring turns to summer and the academic year concludes, baseball enthusiasts across the country turn their attention to one of the most anticipated events in collegiate sports—the College World Series (CWS). Held annually in Omaha, Nebraska, the CWS transcends being merely a baseball tournament; it is a vibrant celebration of athletic talent, rich traditions, and the pure love of the game.

Having played in the College World Series in 2014 and 2017, I can attest that it is an unforgettable experience. The city of Omaha truly embraces you, from the team's personalized themed hotels in team colors to getting police motorcade escorts everywhere you go by the Nebraska State Police. Team Sponsors like Nike Baseball, Under Armour Baseball, Adidas Baseball, And Wilson Baseball provide exclusive Omaha-specific gear, which remains some of my most cherished memorabilia even ten years later.

Playing in front of over 20,000 fans at Charles Schwab Field is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, rivaling the atmosphere of the major leagues. The opening ceremony is spectacular for both players and fans, and Omaha becomes a hidden gem of summer excitement. While not all achieve the dream of playing in the MLB, the College World Series offers a taste of that lifelong ambition for the players.

The College World Series: A Storied Legacy and Electric Atmosphere

Since its humble beginnings in 1947, the College World Series has evolved into a prestigious competition, embedded deeply within the fabric of college athletics. For numerous aspiring baseball stars, the CWS represents a significant milestone, often serving as a gateway to the professional leagues. The tournament boasts a vibrant atmosphere, replete with enthusiastic fans, supportive families, and perceptive scouts, all eager to witness the magic and intense competition that define this remarkable event.

Over the years, the format of the CWS has experienced several modifications:
  • 1947: Eight teams competed in two four-team, single-elimination playoffs, followed by a best-of-three final in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 1948: The playoffs transitioned to double-elimination tournaments, maintaining the best-of-three final in Kalamazoo.
  • 1949: The final expanded to a four-team, double-elimination format and relocated to Wichita, Kansas.
  • 1950-1987: The CWS adopted an eight-team, double-elimination format, coinciding with its move to Omaha in 1950.
  • 1988-1998: Eight regional champions were divided into two four-team brackets, each playing double-elimination, culminating in a one-game championship.
  • 1999-2002: The expanded field included eight super regional champions, and teams were no longer reseeded for the CWS.
  • 2003-present: The current format features eight super regional champions advancing into two four-team brackets, with the winners facing off in a best-of-three championship series.

Notable Records and a Decade of Champions

Significant team records achieved during the College World Series include:

  • Most Runs: 24 runs - Florida vs. LSU, 6-25-23 (24-4)
  • Most Hits: 24 hits - LSU vs. Florida, 6-26-23 (18-4)
  • Most Home Runs in a Single Game: LSU vs. Southern California, 5-30-98 (12-10), with eight home runs.

In the last decade, several schools have etched their names into the annals of CWS history:

2023: LSU (54-17), Coach Jay Johnson, defeated Florida 18-4.
2022: Ole Miss (42-23), Coach Mike Bianco, defeated Oklahoma 4-2.
2021: Mississippi State (50-18), Coach Chris Lemonis, defeated Vanderbilt 9-0.
2020: Canceled due to Covid-19.
2019: Vanderbilt (59-12), Coach Tim Corbin, defeated Michigan 8-2.
2018: Oregon State (55-12-1), Coach Pat Casey, defeated Arkansas 5-0.
2017: Florida (52-19), Coach Kevin O’Sullivan, defeated LSU 6-1.
2016: Coastal Carolina (55-18), Coach Gary Gilmore, defeated Arizona 4-3.
2015: Virginia (44-24), Coach Brian O’Connor, defeated Vanderbilt 4-2.
2014: Vanderbilt (51-21), Coach Tim Corbin, defeated Virginia 3-2.
2013: UCLA (49-17), Coach John Savage, defeated Mississippi State 8-0.
2024 College World Series Regional Previews: Key Players to Watch

The 2024 College World Series Regional Site Summary:

Athens Regional

Teams: Georgia, UNCW, Georgia Tech, Army
Key Player: Charlie Condon (Georgia) - Batting .443 with 35 home runs, Condon has had a historic season and is one of the most exciting players in college baseball.


College Station Regional

Teams: Texas A&M, Louisiana, Texas, Grambling
Key Player: Braden Montgomery (Texas A&M) - Despite a recent slump, Montgomery’s offensive power with 26 home runs makes him a crucial player for the Aggies.


Chapel Hill Regional

Teams: North Carolina, LSU, Wofford, LIU
Key Player: Vance Honeycutt (North Carolina) - With remarkable power and speed, Honeycutt has had two 20/20 seasons and is a first-round draft prospect.


Charlottesville Regional

Teams: Virginia, Mississippi State, St. John’s, Penn
Key Player: Jurrangelo Cijntje (Mississippi State) - A unique switch pitcher capable of throwing 98 mph with his right arm and 95 mph with his left, making him a fascinating player to watch.


Clemson Regional


Teams: Clemson, Vanderbilt, Coastal Carolina, High Point
Key Player: Cam Cannarella (Clemson) - Batting .342 with 16 doubles and nine home runs, Cannarella is a dynamic outfielder and top prospect.


Corvallis Regional

Teams: Oregon State, UC Irvine, Nicholls, Tulane
Key Player: Travis Bazzana (Oregon State) - With a .418 batting average and 26 home runs, Bazzana is an offensive powerhouse and a must-watch player.


Fayetteville Regional

Teams: Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Kansas State, SE Missouri State
Key Player: Hagen Smith (Arkansas) - The SEC Pitcher of the Year, Smith leads the nation in strikeouts with 184 and boasts a 1.48 ERA.


Greenville Regional

Teams: East Carolina, Wake Forest, VCU, Evansville
Key Player: Chase Burns (Wake Forest) - With 184 strikeouts and a 2.46 ERA, Burns is considered one of the best college pitchers and is a potential top draft pick.


Knoxville Regional

Teams: Tennessee, Southern Miss, Indiana, Northern Kentucky
Key Player: Christian Moore (Tennessee) - A first-team All-SEC selection with 28 home runs, Moore is a critical component of Tennessee’s success.


Lexington Regional

Teams: Kentucky, Indiana State, Illinois, Western Michigan
Key Player: Ryan Waldschmidt (Kentucky) - A consistent performer, Waldschmidt slashed .405/.510/.702 and is a potential day-one draft selection.


Norman Regional

Teams: Oklahoma, Duke, UConn, Oral Roberts
Key Player: Michael Snyder (Oklahoma) - Batting .351 with 24 doubles and 10 home runs, Snyder has been a constant force in Oklahoma’s lineup.


Raleigh Regional

Teams: NC State, South Carolina, James Madison, Bryant
Key Player: Alec Makarewicz (NC State) - With a .376 average, 20 doubles, 19 home runs, and 71 RBIs, Makarewicz is a standout hitter.


Santa Barbara Regional

Teams: UC Santa Barbara, San Diego, Oregon, Fresno State
Key Player: Jakob Christian (San Diego) - Leading San Diego with a .355 average and 23 home runs, Christian is a significant offensive threat.


Stillwater Regional

Teams: Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Florida, Niagara
Key Player: Jac Caglianone (Florida) - A two-way star, Caglianone has 29 home runs and a .415 average, making him a standout performer in this regional.


Tallahassee Regional

Teams: Florida State, Alabama, UCF, Stetson
Key Player: Cam Smith (Florida State) - Batting .397 with 14 home runs, Smith provides crucial offensive power for the Seminoles.


Tucson Regional

Teams: Arizona, Dallas Baptist, West Virginia, Grand Canyon
Key Player: JJ Wetherholt (West Virginia) - A top draft prospect, Wetherholt is a dynamic player capable of changing the course of a game with his hitting and fielding.



After a much-heated discussion, Team Jax Chooses the Fighting Illini, Illinois, to take home the 2024 College World Series!

Discover the Best of Omaha During the College World Series

Omaha comes alive during the College World Series, offering an array of attractions and activities for baseball fans. A major highlight is Baseball Village, located just outside Charles Schwab Field. This bustling hub features top vendors in the baseball industry, including:

  • Bruce Bolt Batting Gloves
  • Baseballism
  • Baseball Seams
  • DeMarini 
  • EvoShield
  • Jaw Bats
  • Louisville Slugger
  • Oakley
  • Rawlings 
  • Rez Bats
  • Spiderz Batting Gloves
  • Tucci
  • UNO Pitching Lab
  • VeloTee
  • VukGripz
  • Wilson Sporting Goods

While some of these vendors might be seen as competitors, they all share a commitment to top-quality design and craftsmanship, essential for Today's baseball and softball players. Visiting Baseball Village is a must for any fan wanting to immerse themselves in the excitement of the College World Series and explore the latest innovations from the industry’s leading brands.

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As the 2024 College World Series approaches, we honor the dedication and hard work of every player on the field. Join us in cheering them on and discover our range of products that elevate the game for athletes everywhere. Visit to find your perfect pair of batting gloves and gear up for the season.

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