Dallas Colleges: Dartmouth Big Green

NCAA preview: Coral Gables Regional

June, 4, 2010
6/04/10
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1. MIAMI

40-17, 21-12 ACC, 4-6 last 10

Analysis: On paper. The Hurricanes look like a dominant team from their stats and if you had to guess their record just from that, you'd probably get pretty close. But looking at how they lost, Miami was routinely beat in two of three games by the country's best teams. The Hurricanes can adjust on the fly and have proven that they can beat some of the best teams in the tournament.

Biggest strength: Yasmani Grandal is as good a player as you'll find in the country. He has hit .422 with 22 doubles and has an insane .545 on-base percentage.

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (Regional)

2. TEXAS A&M

40-19-1, 18-12-1 Big 12, 9-1 last 10

At their best: The Aggies have four great starters that eat up a lot of innings and ace closer John Stilson. Offensively, they're on a recent tear, scoring less than five runs only once in their last 10 games.

Biggest strength: Flamethrower Barret Loux (126 strikeouts) and Stilson are perhaps the most potent starter/closer combo in college baseball. Loux's opponent's batting average is .196; Stilson .172. Together they've struck out 232 hitters this year. Scary.

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (Regional)

3. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

36-23, 22-14 Sun Belt, 7-3 last 10

At their best: Garrett Wittels' needs a hit in four consecutive games to tie the NCAA record of 58, so FIU must win at least two games. Wittels' .412 batting average is just one of the Panther's four over .350 and they have three players with 80 or more hits. They score fast and consistently.

Biggest strength: While Wittels is the story, the entire offense is worth admiring. Mike Martinez is hitting .389 with 89 hits and 54 RBIs, Jeremy Patton is .375, with 84 hits and 44 RBIs and Yoandy Barroso is .364 with 48 hits and 23 runs in just 35 starts.

Last NCAA appearance: 2002 (Regional)

4. DARTMOUTH

25-16, 15-8 Ivy League, 5-5

Analysis: The Ivy League champs have two good pitchers, but they haven't seen near the quality hitters they'll see all weekend. Chris O'Dowd and Jason Brooks are two good hitters who can play with the big boys.

Biggest strength: O'Dowd has a .489 on base percentage, Brooks has 42 RBIs in just 37 starts and both are good fielders (.991 fielding percentage or better). One would imagine they're pretty smart, too.

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (Regional)

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