College Baseball Central Podcast: Previewing the Oxford Regional in Ten Minutes or Less

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy and Scott Stone preview the Oxford Regional in ten minutes or less. The teams taking part in this one are:

Mississippi Rebels (46-15, SEC automatic)

The Rebels are one of the most well-balanced teams in this entire field. Offensively, they have a team batting average of .303, with eight regulars hitting better than .300 individually. That group of hyper-talented sophomores who struggled a bit as freshmen last year grew up quickly. On the mound, they’re going to come at you with high-end arms like closer Parker Caracci (1.85 ERA, 10 SV), and starting pitchers Ryan Rolison (9-4, 3.79 ERA), Brady Feigl (8-5, 3.83 ERA), and James McArthur (6-0, 4.10 ERA).

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (48-9, OVC at-large)

The headline with TTU is their prolific offense, and that’s understandable, as they have a team slash line of .342/.436/.602 with 128 (yes, 128!) home runs. With that said, their pitching is probably a little bit underrated. Both Travis Moths (13-2, 3.74 ERA) and Marcus Evey (7-0, 4.04) have had really nice seasons starting games, and Ethan Roberts (2.25, 14 SV) is an effective closer who can be stretched out.

Missouri State Bears (39-15, MVC automatic)

The Bears continue to be plug right along, as they’ll be in a regional for the third time in four years. Jeremy Eierman (.292/.383/.533, 10 HR, 20 SB) came into the season as the headliner offensively for the Bears, but the likes of Drew Millas (.333/.421/.520, 7 HR) and Hunter Steinmetz (.300/.418/.439) have been just about as dynamic. Dylan Coleman (10-2, 3.63 ERA) will be tested by the TTU offense in the opening game, but he has the goods to quiet their bats.

Saint Louis Billikens (38-18, Atlantic 10 automatic)

One of the things that makes for a dangerous four seed is having a frontline ace that can test the host team, and SLU has that in Cape Cod League alum Miller Hogan (10-3, 2.19 ERA). But beyond that, they have solid rotation depth behind him in Jackson Wark (9-2, 3.40 ERA) and Drew Reveno (10-2, 1.84 ERA), and they boast a deep offense than can beat you in a lot of different ways.

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.