We're down to crunch-time in the College World Series and two teams hold a distinct advantage. The South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Gators survived the first four days without a loss and will be in the driver's seat on the road to the final road. Both teams must only win once more while the four other teams still in contention must win three times without losing.
In the top-half of the bracket, North Carolina and Vanderbilt will square-off in an elimination game on Wednesday. The winner of that game moves forward to face Florida and must beat the Gators twice in as many days. Vanderbilt dropped a rain-delayed game to the Gators on Tuesday morning to begin the fourth day of the College World Series.
On the bottom-half of the bracket, the news is worse for Virginia and California. The Cavaliers and Golden Bears will battle it out on Thursday in an elimination game, but the path to the final round of the College World Series is grueling for both teams. The winner of Thursday's game will have to come back Friday and beat South Carolina to stay alive, then must beat the Gamecocks again on Saturday to advance.
Texas and Texas A&M were both eliminated after dropping two-straight games to open the College World Series. The full bracket and schedule can be found here.
For the latest on the tournament, head College World Series hub. You can find recaps of the opening round matchups, as well as previews of each team in the tournament there