LAFAYETTE — The bracket and game times for the College World Series were officially announced Sunday, with the winner of the NCAA Lafayette super regional playing in the last of the first-round games.
Louisiana-Lafayette or Ole Miss will play its opener in Omaha, Nebraska, at 7 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Monday’s Virginia-Maryland game from the Charlottesville super regional (6 p.m. CDT, ESPNU).
UC Irvine will face Texas at 2 p.m. Saturday in the CWS opener, followed by Louisville and Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. Saturday to complete that half of the bracket.
In Sunday’s first game in Omaha, Texas Tech plays at 2 p.m. against the winner of Monday’s TCU-Pepperdine in the Fort Worth super regional (3 p.m., ESPN2).
Father and son
When it came to finding out where Ragin’ Cajuns pitcher Austin Robichaux went in last weekend’s major league draft, UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux was just like a lot of other fathers.
He waited for the call after his son got the call.
“He called me and said, ‘Pops, I’m an Angel,’ ” the elder Robichaux recalled after the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 9-5 victory Saturday over Ole Miss in Game 1 of the NCAA Lafayette super regional.
After hearing from the Los Angeles club, Austin went out and pitched Game 1 for the Ragin’ Cajuns. He gave up all five of the Rebels’ runs but was able to help his father conserve the bullpen by eating up seven valuable innings.
Afterward, Austin Robichaux noted how he and teammate Caleb Adams, the Cajuns’ starting left fielder, were both drafted by the Angels.
Adams went with the 299th overall pick in the 10th round, while Robichaux went with the 539th pick in the 18th round.
“Maybe I can extend my career with him,” Robichaux said.
“You can’t get away from me,” Adams shot back.
Like a lot of drafted college players, Austin is a junior and could return for his senior season in 2015.
Tony Robichaux obviously wouldn’t mind having his No. 1 weekend starter return, but the father in him knows it has to be his son’s decision.
“It’s his gig,” Tony Robichaux said.
“I’ll give him the plusses and minuses. But I don’t want to be in the backyard 20 years from now with my wife having to break us up because of regrets.”
Shaking it up
UL-Lafayette stuck with the same lineup from Saturday to Sunday, but Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco decided to make a couple of changes in the middle of his order.
J.B. Woodman again batted sixth but went from right field to designated hitter, replacing Colby Bortles. Will Jamison batted in Bortles’ place in the No. 7 spot and started in right field.
Bortles went 0-for-3 Saturday with a run scored but had a huge two-RBI pinch-hit single Sunday in the eighth.
Do we know you?
If Bortles’ name sounds familiar, it’s because the Ole Miss freshman is the younger brother of Blake Bortles.
The former Central Florida quarterback was drafted in May by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the third overall pick behind only South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney (Houston Texans) and Auburn’s Greg Robinson (St. Louis Rams) of Thibodaux.
Keeping up tradition
Ole Miss is trying to join Vanderbilt in the College World Series, helping to uphold the Southeastern Conference’s impressive streak in the event.
Vandy, which beat Stanford 12-5 Sunday afternoon in a winner-take-all game, made sure the SEC will have at least one team in the CWS for the 22nd straight year and the 29th time in the past 30 years.
The Rebels and Commodores were the only two of 10 SEC teams to earn NCAA tournament berths to advance as far as the super regionals.
Stanford handed UL-Lafayette both of its losses in the 2000 College World Series, sandwiched around wins over San Jose State and Clemson.
UL-Lafayette won the coin toss and will be the home team Monday. … As is customary, Louisiana-Lafayette was designated as the visiting team for Game 2 of the super regional. Ole Miss was the home team and got to occupy the home team’s first-base dugout. … UL-Lafayette reliever Matt Plitt, who got the final six outs in Saturday’s super regional opener, has worked 17.1 innings without giving up a run. His streak dates back to the Cajuns’ May 2 game at Arkansas State.
Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais and correspondent Dan McDonald contributed to this report; Follow Scott Rabalais on Twitter: @RabalaisAdv.