College World Series Finals : Which teams are in the 2019 College World Series final? The 2019 NCAA baseball title will head either to the SEC or to the Big Ten, as Vanderbilt and Michigan square off in Omaha with the national title at stake.
Game 1: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt | Monday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN | Live stats
Game 2: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt | Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN | Live stats
Game 3: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt | Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN | Live stats
The Commodores beat number seven seed Louisville and number six seed Mississippi State 3-1 and 6-3 respectively in the first two rounds of the College World Series, before defeating Louisville again 3-2 in the semifinals.
The unseeded Wolverines beat Texas Tech 5-3 and Florida State 2-0, before thrashing Texas Tech 15-3 in the semifinals.
The Commodores are something of a rarity in this NCAA tournament, where national seeds have tumbled like domino chips. Of the eight teams that reached the College World Series, only five were seeded at the beginning of the NCAA tournament.
Vanderbilt might be the best-hitting team in college baseball. It leads Division I in home runs, ranks second in runs per game and is sixth in batting average. Statistically, this is tied for its best fielding team ever. It has four high-caliber starting pitchers and one of the best closers in the country. It’s hard to find a weakness, but even its most seasoned pitchers have given up a few disastrous innings this postseason. The Commodores are red-hot, posting a 33-3 record over the past 11 weeks and sweeping the SEC regular-season and tournament titles. Their 57 wins is already a program record.
When the College World Series finals begin Monday night it will be a matchup of two teams in Vanderbilt and Michigan that will be fighting for the same thing, but from two very different perspectives.
Vanderbilt has been to the College World Series four times in the past nine years, which is the most by any program since T.D. Ameritrade Park opened in 2011. This will be the Commodores third appearance in the best-of-three finals series in the past six years.
While Vandy seeks its second national title since 2014, Michigan is eyeing its first title since 1962. Back then first baseman Jimmy Kerr’s grandfather was a star on the team.