June 10, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Stony Brook pitcher Matt Gallup (right) and teammates celebrate defeating the LSU Tigers 7-2 to send them to the College World Series following game three of the Baton Rouge super regional at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE
The Midwest may be home to the 2012 College World Series, but the 2012 CWS bracket isn't home to many teams from the Midwest.
The 2012 College World Series bracket is out, and if you're a self-identifying Midwesterner and a fan of college baseball you might have to swallow your Mizzou-fan pride and root for... the Arkansas Razorbacks, borderline members of the Midwest and one of a few teams to escape amateur baseball's warm-weather bias—Florida, Florida State, and Arizona are all involved—and make the trip to Omaha, Nebraska and TD Ameritrade Park. They'll play third-seeded Kent State on Saturday, June 16, at 4 PM CDT on ESPN; they're in bracket 2 with South Carolina and Florida as well.
Arkansas, who has eight 2012 MLB draft picks on their roster—Matt Reynolds, a second rounder to the New York Mets; Nolan Sanburn, a second rounder to the Oakland Athletics; and DJ Baxendale, a 10th-rounder to the Minnesota Twins among them—beat Rice, Sam Houston State, and Prairie View to get out of the Houston Regional before beating Baylor in three games at the Waco Super Regional. They're 44-20 so far, the only team remaining to have lost 20 games.
For a complete look at the 2012 College World Series bracket, click here.