Stanford Cardinal (44-10, Pac-12 automatic)
If the trio of Tristan Beck (8-4, 2.99 ERA), Kris Bubic (8-1, 2.73 ERA), and Erik Miller (4-3, 4.03 ERA) pitch as well as they have for much of the season, it’s easy to see a scenario where the Cardinal cruise through this regional. Offensively, they have some more pop than we’re used to with a Stanford offense, led by Andrew Daschbach (.286/.349/.571, 16 HR) and Kyle Stowers (.302/.403/.545, 10 HR). Nico Hoerner (.349/.396/.498, 16 2B) and Tim Tawa (,302/.357/.502, 7 HR) have been catalysts in the lineup as well.
Baylor Bears (36-19, Big 12 automatic)
With the help of a Big 12 tournament title, Baylor is into a regional as a two seed in a season where expectations weren’t all that high coming in. Last year in the Houston Regional, it felt like Baylor was just a little bit short of the depth needed to really compete, but that won’t be the case this time around. On the mound, Cody Bradford (7-5, 2.38 ERA) has developed into a frontline ace and Troy Montemayor (2.49 ERA, 11 SV) has been as steady as ever closing games. Offensively, Richard Cunningham (.344/.401/.552, 9 HR) leads an offense that is hitting .289 as a team.
Cal State Fullerton Titans (32-23, Big West automatic)
Last year, the Titans upset Stanford in a home regional on the way to getting to the College World Series, and they’ll be looking to do that again in 2018. You know what you’re going to get with Fullerton, and that’s pitching, pitching, and more pitching. Colton Eastman (9-3, 2.26 ERA) has been just about as good as ever in the rotation, while Andrew Quezada (4-5, 3.90 ERA) and Brett Conine (4.29 ERA, 10 SV) have battled inconsistency to end up with solid numbers.
Wright State Raiders (39-15, Horizon League automatic)
The last two times Wright State got into a regional, they made it all the way to the regional final, so you know they’re going to come in with high expectations for their performance. Gabe Snyder (.363/.426/.674, 18 2B, 15 HR, 15 SB) gives the Raiders a proven veteran bat in the middle of the order, while Ryan Weiss (9-2, 3.40) is a durable ace they can throw at Stanford in game one.