Radford may not sound like a traditional #2 seed at the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament, but the Highlanders may be the hottest team in the college ranks right now. The veteran squad tore through the second half of the season, ripping off 15 straight wins to clinch the Big South title and land in the Nashville Regional. They have only lost three times since the calendar flipped over to April.
That led to Radford's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid, but they'll have one hell of a roadblock on their path to a Super Regional. They're podded-up with the defending national champion Vanderbilt in the Nashville Regional, and a sweet sixteen spot would likely mean beating a Commodore team with three potential top-15 MLB Draft picks on the roster. First, they'll have to get past #3 seed Indiana in the double-elimination tournament.
The Highlanders are loaded with talent and have the wins to show for it, but a low strength of schedule barred them from hosting duties in the first leg of the road to Omaha. Radford played the 93rd-toughest schedule in the NCAA this season. For comparison, the three other teams in their regional - Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Lipscomb - clock in at ninth, 31st, and 159th. Two wins over Virginia Tech and one against West Virginia were the program's only victories over schools from Power Five conferences.
That means they'll have plenty to prove this weekend. Radford's path to the College World Series starts with a Friday afternoon matchup with Indiana. Let's see what the Highlanders are bringing to the Nashville Regional.