Mississippi State and Oregon State will play the first game of the 2013 NCAA Men's College World Series Saturday afternoon.
The 64th College World Series begins Friday evening with opening ceremonies. This is the third year that the CWS will be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Dennis Poppe, Vice President of Championships and Alliances for the NCAA, says one new feature of this year’s Series is the expanded use of instant replay to review calls such as homeruns, ground-rule doubles, and fan interference.
"We’re also looking at whether it’s a foul or a fair ball along the outfield foul lines, and so that’s a new addition we have here. And if you would’ve told me 24 years ago we’d have instant replay at the College World Series I would’ve said you’re kidding, I didn’t even know that existed. So we have made some advances, and some things that I think have enhanced the game and most importantly making it a good experience for those young men that play the game."
There’s also a College World Series app for smartphones. Users can get information on game times, weather, tickets, and the teams in this year’s tournament.
More information on the 2013 College World Series is available at www.cwsomaha.com. More than 326,000 people attended last year’s Series.