NC State Wolfpack (40-16, ACC at-large)
The Wolfpack will come into this regional with one of the most underrated starting pitchers in college baseball in Brian Brown (6-2, 2.71 ERA), and he’ll be helped in the bullpen by the duo of Kent Klyman (2.43 ERA) and Joe O’Donnell (0.96 ERA, 11 SV). The bigger story, though, is their offense, which combined for 81 homers on the season, led by Patrick Bailey (11 HR), Brock Deatherage (14 HR), Will Wilson (14 HR), Evan Edwards (13 HR), and Brett Kinneman (17 HR).
Auburn Tigers (39-21, SEC at-large)
It’s hard to write a quick summary of Auburn and not just spent the entire time gushing about the incredible season enjoyed by Casey Mize. His 3.07 ERA is actually misleading, because he’s been more dominant than that. He has a 140/10 strikeout-to-walk ratio and is holding opposing hitters to a .197 batting average. If Auburn holds him back and perhaps throws Tanner Burns (6-4, 3.13 ERA) in the opener against Northeastern and wins the game, it could set up a really fun matchup between Mize and the powerful NC State offense in a winner’s bracket game, assuming the Wolfpack gets by Army.
Northeastern Huskies (36-19, Colonial at-large)
The Huskies might not have had some of the prettiest metrics going into Selection Monday, but their RPI and tough scheduling helped to get them in to punctuate what has been an outstanding season for the club. Jake Farrell (.341/.410/.627, 15 2B, 7 3B, 11 HR) has provided the pop on offense, while Charlie McConnell (.335/.417/.445, 37 SB) has provided the speed on the bases. Sean Mellen (10-3, 2.28 ERA) gives the Huskies a frontline starter that should help them feel good about their chances in the opening game against the Tigers.
Army Black Knights (36-22, Patriot League automatic)
The Black Knights will look to keep games low scoring in order to compete this weekend. Daniel Burggraaf (7-2, 2.34 ERA), Matt Ball (7-2, 3.33 ERA), and Tyler Giovinco (8-5, 3.39 ERA), along with the versatile Cam Opp (2.34 ERA, 4 SV) give them enough arms to feel comfortable continuing to compete if they can move later into the weekend.