Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (42-17, Sun Belt automatic)
With Seth Lancaster (.311/.462/.660, 17 2B, 19 HR, 23 SB), Kevin Woodall, Jr. (.300/.417/.592, 19 HR), and Zach Biermann (.291/.412/.553, 12 HR) in the lineup, the Chanticleers are a team capable of slugging their way through this regional. On the mound, Jason Bilous (7-2, 3.39 ERA) can be as dominant as just about anyone in the country if he can keep his walks under wraps. Behind him in the rotation, Zack Hopeck (6-4, 4.19 ERA) is a solid, proven option.
UConn Huskies (35-20-1, American Athletic Conference at-large)
The Huskies are probably feeling a bit stung that they’re not getting to host a regional, so they’ll look to take that out on the opposition in Conway. They haven’t had the services of Tim Cate (4-4, 3.23 ERA) for large chunks of the season due to injury, but the effects of his absence have been mitigated by the performances of Mason Feole (9-1, 2.50 ERA), who has been outstanding, and Chase Gardner (4-2, 3.76), who has been a solid option as well. Jacob Wallace (3.16 ERA) and P.J. Poulin (3.30 ERA) provide the team with a couple of versatile bullpen arms.
Washington Huskies (30-23, Pac-12 at-large)
For much of the season, it didn’t look like Washington was going to be able to do enough to get into a regional, but their work in going 20-10 in the Pac-12, including a season-ending series win over Stanford, was enough to get them in, even if their RPI wasn’t in traditional at-large range. They’re going to look to get it done by pitching well and keeping scores low. Joe DeMers (6-3, 2.56 ERA) and Jordan Jones (6-3, 3.44 ERA) make for a solid one-two punch in the rotation.
LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds (31-24, NEC automatic)
The Blackbirds deserve a ton of credit, if for no other reason than because they won an auto bid in a conference that has traditionally been dominated by Bryant. Wagner, for their part, also had a good season, so LIU-Brooklyn really had long odds to pull this off. Zach Pederson (6-4, 3.82 ERA) and Patrick Clyde (5-4, 4.39 ERA) give them a couple of solid starters to throw at the better offenses in this regional.