The 2012 College World Series field of eight is officially set, and the road to Omaha will start down the home stretch beginning on Friday. The final three teams punched their tickets on Monday, although they may not have exactly been the three that many people would have predicted going into this past weekend. In fact, that was a bit of a theme through the first two rounds.
The top seeded Florida Gators came as little surprise to advance to Omaha. Neither did the No. 2 seeded UCLA Bruins or No. 3 Florida State Seminoles. But aside from those three teams the only other National Seed entering the tournament to reach the College World Series is the two time defending champions, the No. 8 seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.
Those four teams are also joined by the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arizona Wildcats, who are not a huge surprise, regardless of their seeding in the Regionals or Super Regionals. They both had solid seasons and defeated some stiff competition.
But the two biggest shockers of this season have to be the Kent State Golden Flashes and Stony Brook Seawolves, who both reach this point for the first time in their programs. They had to knock off some tough teams on the road to get here, so both should not be taken lightly when play begins at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday and Saturday.