No. 1 Oklahoma (41-18)Coach:
Sunny GollowayNCAA appearances:
Catcher J.T. Wise leads OU with 17 home runs and a .703 slugging percentage.Top pitcher:
RH Andrew Doyle has lasted at least five innings in all but one start this season.Feeling super if:
Super-talent Garrett Richards can pitch to his potential as OU's likely No. 3 starter. Richards is 8-4 with a 6.55 ERA. He is capable of much more, as his 11 strikeouts in six innings against Texas A&M and seven in four against WSU prove.Vacation time if:
The Sooners are overconfident against a field that possesses plenty of tradition, but not much power this season. As a No. 7 national seed, all the pressure is on OU.
No. 2 Arkansas (34-22)Coach:
Dave Van HornNCAA appearances:
22Last regional title:
1B Andy Wilkins led the Razorbacks with a .324 batting average, nine home runs, 21 RBI and 21 walks in 29 SEC games.Top pitcher:
LH Dallas Keuchel was an All-Star in the Cape Cod League last summer.Feeling super if:
Freshman 3B Zack Cox continues his post-season roll. Bothered by a sore back earlier, Cox is feeling better. He hit .357 in the SEC Tournament with two home runs. He hit .455 during a nine-game hitting streak in mid-April.Vacation time if:
Injuries continue to hurt the lineup. SS Scott Lyons has not played since May 21 due to an injured right shoulder. He will likely DH today and could return to the field later this weekend. Ben Tschepikow moved to short from second base. He is playing with a dislocated left pinkie.
No. 3 Washington State (31-23)Coach:
Donnie MarbutNCAA appearances:
15Last regional title:
RF Jared Prince hit .407 in Pac-10 games and .350 for the season. He has six home runs and 12 doubles.Top pitcher:
LH Matt Way is 11th in the nation with 114 srtrikeouts. He needs eight to pass Aaron Sele's school record.Feeling super if:
WSU - meaning the Cougars and Shockers - wins today.Vacation time if:
Way fails to get the Cougars off to a good start. They don't possess the pitching depth to come out of the losers bracket.
No. 4 Wichita State (30-25)Coach:
Gene StephensonNCAA appearances:
27Last regional title:
1B Clint McKeever is WSU's most consistent source of extra-base power. He leads the Shockers with 18 doubles and is tied for the lead with six home runs.Top pitcher:
RH Tim Kelley has 96 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings.Feeling super if:
OU borrows Creighton's bats with runners on base.Vacation time if:
Kelley doesn't keep the Shockers close for at least five innings.
Game 1 - Washington State vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m.
Game 2 - Wichita State at Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
Game 3 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 7 - if necessary, 7 p.m.