The NCAA baseball playoff field started with 64 teams during regionals. Now, eight teams begin the quest for the NCAA Men’s College World Series championship, beginning Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.

Live play-by-play of every game will be available to SiriusXM subscribers on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.

The College World Series features the eight Super Regional Champions: UC Irvine, Louisville, Ole Miss, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia.  The teams compete in a double-elimination format with the two finalists facing off in a best-of-three championship finals, June 23-25, that determines college baseball’s national champion.

This Week in College Baseball with Mike Ferrin previewed the tournament with Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor. He talked about when Virginia’s luck at the plate changed during their Super Regional match-up against Maryland.

Finally in the middle of Game 2, we were hitting the ball as hard as we were in the first game and a half, and they just started to find holes. When you’re consistent with your approach and barrel the ball up, eventually over a period of time they’ll start to drop for you.

O’Connor also talked to Ferrin about momentum, and how he hopes their wins over Maryland will power them through the College World Series.

“We didn’t go out and win a bunch of games 1-0, 2-1 this weekend,” O’Connor said. “We scored quite a few runs, and hopefully that offense will have some positive momentum moving into Omaha.”

Texas faces UC Irvine on Saturday at 3 pm ET. The Longhorns’ head coach Augie Garrido talked to Chris Childers this week about his team’s veteran pitchers in the playoffs.

We’ve been pitching strong, and fortunately it translates pretty well to Ameritrade, we hope. There’s not a lot of home runs in the last couple College World Series. Our team is built around the pitching staff, has been for many many years, and we try to scratch out as many runs as we can to support them.

During the regular season, Vanderbilt lost to Louisville. They’ll have a shot at revenge this weekend when the two teams face off Saturday at 8 pm ET.

Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin talked to Mark Packer and Eddie George about what his team learned from that loss, and the lessons they’ll apply this weekend.

“I thought they were one of the best teams that we had seen all year, personally,” Corbin said. “They can run, they can hit for power and they can certainly pitch. They’re very well balanced.”

Many analysts preach experience as the key to success at Omaha; Corbin said that’s another key to Louisville’s team.

“They’ve been to Omaha before, they were there last year,” Corbin said. “They’re a team that has some experience … this certainly will be a very difficult game for us right out of the chute.”

In addition to the live play-by-play, SiriusXM College Sports Nation will offer listeners postgame coverage every night of the College World Series, hosted by college baseball experts Chris Childers, Mike Ferrin and Braden Gall.

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