2023 College Baseball Showdown

College Baseball Showdown: Road To The College World Series Begins In Texas

College Baseball Showdown: Road To The College World Series Begins In Texas

Three preseason Top 10-ranked teams and four in the top 15 make up the field for the 2023 College Baseball Showdown in Arlington, Texas.

Feb 10, 2023 by Kyle Kensing
College Baseball Showdown: Road To The College World Series Begins In Texas

The "Omaha-type feel" offered up at the 2023 College Baseball Showdown isn't just rhetoric. Featuring three teams ranked in the preseason Top 10, and four ranked in the top 15, the six-team lineup facing off at the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field may be as close as any one event is to the College World Series.

Eight-ranked Arkansas, ninth-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 10 Vanderbilt, per the D1Baseball.com poll, headline the three-day showcase in Arlington, with No. 15 TCU, perennial powerhouse Texas and the Southeastern Conference potential spoiler Missouri also in the mix. 

Friday, Feb. 17

All times Eastern 

Missouri Vs. Oklahoma State, Noon 

The dark horse of the College Baseball Showdown field, Missouri, gets an immediate opportunity to make a splash when it opens the event against Oklahoma State. 

A new-look Tigers roster boasting a variety of transfer talent squares off against an Oklahoma State bunch with a blend of returning leaders and intriguing newcomers. The Cowboys' pitching rotation order will be of particular interest in this season opener; could we see 2022 Freshman All-American and Long Beach State transfer Juaron Watts-Brown as the Friday starter? 

TCU Vs. Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. 

Making the short trip to Arlington from Fort Worth is TCU, D1Baseball.com's No. 15-ranked team and a likely contender for the Big 12 Conference championship in 2023. 

The Horned Frogs boast a strong pitching staff, led by MLB prospect Cam Brown, and a multifaceted crew of position players like Elijah Nunez. 

TCU's College World Series chops will be measured early against one of the most successful programs of recent years, Vanderbilt. The Commodores' pursuit of another trip to Omaha begins in Arlington, with All-American Enrique Bradfield Jr. leading the way

Texas Vs. Arkansas, 8 p.m. 

National powerhouses Texas and Arkansas provide a fitting conclusion to the first day of competition at the College Baseball Showdown. 

The Razorbacks reached Omaha a season ago on the strength of some powerful hitting, plating at least 10 runs in four postseason contests. Arkansas should again be one of the nation's most dangerous offensive teams, but faces a stiff test right out of the gate against a revamped Texas pitching staff. 

Texas heads into the new season welcoming aboard USC transfer Charlie Hurley to join returners Lucas Gordon and Luke Harrison. 

Saturday, Feb. 18

All times Eastern

Oklahoma State Vs. Vanderbilt, Noon 

Another day, another top 10 showdown with two of the preseason favorites to contend for a spot in the CWS squaring off to open Day 2. 

Vanderbilt heads into 2023 on something of a redemption tour after a disappointing finish to 2022, and the Commodores can find fewer opponents as worthy as Oklahoma State. 

Texas Vs. Missouri, 4 p.m. 

A former Big 12 Conference series, Missouri and Texas meet in 2023 ahead of becoming SEC counterparts. 

The Longhorns are headed into their penultimate campaign with their current conference before making the same move Missouri made in 2012. 

The Tigers have yet to qualify for the NCAA Tournament since leaving the Big 12, but starting the season with a win over a regular contender like Texas would provide a solid building block toward the Tigers returning to the postseason. 

TCU Vs. Arkansas, 8 p.m. 

Counterparts of the old Southwest Conference met in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, and again in the 2021 season when Arkansas extended its winning streak in the series to seven games. 

It's a new year with different rosters, however, and TCU has an opportunity to make a significant statement against one of college baseball's premier programs on the College Baseball Showdown's Day 2 nightcap. 

Sunday, Feb. 19

All times Eastern

Texas Vs. Vanderbilt, 11:30 a.m.

Winners of four combined College World Series since the beginning of the 21st Century meet to open the College Baseball Showdown's third and final day. Coincidentally, this matchup marks the first between the Longhorns and Commodores since squaring off in Omaha almost nine years ago — which was also the only time they've faced in a pair of split decisions. 

Arkansas Vs. Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.

The trilogy between Arkansas and Oklahoma State in last year's NCAA Tournament was nothing short of spectacular. The Razorbacks and Cowboys delivered on a series of slugfests, with the visitors from Arkansas ultimately emerging victorious in the Stillwater Regional. 

The Cowboys get an early shot at some measure of revenge to close out the College Baseball Showdown. Roc Riggio shined in the 2022 postseason matchups last season with Arkansas, despite Oklahoma State ultimately bowing out. 

Missouri Vs. TCU, 7:30 p.m.

The Showdown's finale pits TCU against Missouri in just the fifth contest all-time between the programs, and only the second matchup since 1967. 

TCU won an extra innings affair against the Tigers in 2010, back when Missouri was still a member of the Big 12 and the Horned Frogs played in the Mountain West. How times have changed.