On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy and Scott Stone preview the Gainesville Regional in ten minutes or less. The four teams competing for a regional title in this one are:
Florida Gators (42-17, SEC at-large)
Believe it or not, this Gators team might be more well-rounded than the one that won the national championship a year ago. They still have horses in the starting rotation in Brady Singer (10-1, 2.25 ERA) and Jackson Kowar (9-4, 3.21 ERA), but this time around, they also have a physical quality to their lineup that they didn’t have a year ago, thanks in large part to the development of Jonathan India (.362/.502/.723, 17 HR) and the emergence of Wil Dalton (.259/.332/.539, 16 HR) as a feared power threat.
Jacksonville Dolphins (39-19, Atlantic Sun at-large)
The Dolphins’ pitching staff is led by the one-two punch in the rotation of Chris Gau (8-3, 2.65 ERA) and Tyler Santana (10-1, 3.29 ERA), and closer Chris Mauloni (2.53 ERA, 20 SV), who has been dominant at the end of games. Offensively, Scott Dubrule (.358/.417/.431) and veteran Chris Lehane (.330/.421/.402) lead the team in hitting, while Angel Camacho (.328/.390/.454, 5 HR) provides some pop in a lineup that is much more likely to play station-to-station baseball than beat you with the long ball.
Florida Atlantic Owls (40-17, Conference USA at-large)
FAU is built very differently from Jacksonville from an offensive standpoint. They have a quartet of hitters in David Miranda (.321/.406/.542, 9 HR), Tyler Frank (.315/.459/.586, 13 HR), Cody Wilson (.264/.336/.480, 12 HR), and Gunnar Lambert (.243/.394/.479, 11 HR) who are all well-equipped to beat you with the home run, and as a team, they have 72 home runs on the season.
Columbia Lions (20-28, Ivy League automatic)
Columbia has largely been the class of the Ivy League over the better part of the last decade, as this is their fourth trip to regionals in the last six years. Liam McGill (.319/.400/.503, 13 2B, 6 HR), Randell Kanemaru (.296/.412/.458, 13 2B, 4 HR), and Chandler Bengtson (.257/.372/.475, 10 HR) provide much of the extra-base power in the lineup, while Harrison Egly (3-3, 3.86 ERA) has been the steadiest starting pitcher on the staff.