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

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy and Scott Stone preview the DeLand Regional in ten minutes or less. The four teams competing for a regional title in this one are: 

Stetson Hatters (45-11, Atlantic Sun automatic)

The Hatters put together the best season in program history thanks in large part to a dominant pitching staff featuring Logan Gilbert (10-1, 2.52 ERA), Jack Perkins (10-2, 2.57 ERA), Mitchell Senger (8-2, 2.65 ERA), Joey Gonzalez (8-3, 1.77 ERA), and closer Brooks Wilson (2.13 ERA, 20 SV). Their offense, at times, has been a liability, but their pitching staff has more than made up for it. Wilson (.287/.399/.437, 14 2B), a two-way player, has been a pleasant surprise at the plate.

USF Bulls (35-20, American Athletic Conference at-large)

Led by Shane McClanahan (5-6, 3.41), who comes into the weekend with a tough-luck losing record, USF will make this a regional filled with elite starting pitching, at least among the top two seeds. Offensively, a veteran core of David Villar (.379/.473/.670, 24 2B, 12 HR), Duke Stunkel, Jr. (.343/.397/.462, 16 2B), Coco Montes (.332/.400/.475, 21 2B), and Joe Genord (.317/.407/.653, 15 HR) give the Bulls plenty of punch as well.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (29-24, Big 12 at-large)

Given that they were zeroing in on hosting a regional just a few weeks ago, the Cowboys might be a little bit disappointed to be a three seed in a regional, but that’s still an accomplishment given how slow they started the season. To succeed in this regional, they’re going to need big bats Michael Neustifter (.303/.371/.461, 14 2B), Matt Kroon (.302/.425/.559, 17 2B, 11 HR), and Colin Simpson (.281/.384/.595, 18 HR) to play well.

Hartford Hawks (26-29, America East automatic)

The Hawks boast one of the most dynamic offensive players in this regional in Nick Campana (.389/.472/.626, 17 2B, 10 HR, 21 SB), who does a little bit of everything for them. Ashton Bardzell (.297/.401/.531, 10 HR) gives them a pair of power bats in the order, with Campana, for other teams to work around. In the bullpen, the pair of Seth Pinkerton (2.23 ERA, 11 SV) and Drew Farkas (2.77 ERA) have been solid.

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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.