The 2019 college baseball season begins Friday. Omaha’s the goal, for everyone. But which teams will actually get here? World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa makes his picks:


Everybody’s back. The full lineup. The entire weekend rotation. Experience will make the difference.


Let’s just go ahead and reserve the team hotel for the Gators right now. They’ve been a CWS team seven times in the past nine years.


Coach Scott Stricklin led Kent State on a Cinderella run to Omaha seven years ago. His 2019 Bulldogs have a much bigger target on their backs. But they’re really good.


The Cardinals didn’t host a regional last season for the first time since 2012. They’ll be hungry. Opponents should be nervous about that.


It’s an odd-numbered year, so the Tigers are good to go. Apparently, yes, that’s a thing. LSU’s last three CWS trips: 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Oregon State

The Beavers will follow orders from a different head coach, but most of the stars return from last year’s championship team.

Southern Miss

The Golden Eagles have the talent to steamroll through Conference USA. So perhaps they get hot in June.


This is the preseason No. 1 team for D1Baseball, Baseball America and the sport’s writers association (NCBWA). The Whistler is coming.

Also considered: East Carolina, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas Tech and UCLA

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