2021 College World Series schedule: Playoff bracket, selection show, dates & times

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2021 College World Series schedule: Playoff bracket originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

It's that time of year again to crown a College World Series champion in what will be for the first time since 2019 after the pandemic shut down the previous season. 

Vanderbilt is the technical defending champion after going undefeated en route to the College World Series crown over Michigan. With the field narrowed down from 64 teams to eight, the CWS is the culmination of the Division I baseball tournament that starts with two rounds of play that consists of multiple games. 

With the Selection Show on Monday, May 31 on ESPN2 at noon, here's everything you need to know about how to watch and the bracket.


When: June 19 - June 30


Stream: ESPN3


Bracket 1

Game 1: Saturday, June 19

Game 2: Saturday, June 19

Game 5: Monday, June 21

Game 6: Monday, June 21 between winners of Game 1 and Game 2

Game 9: Wednesday, June 23 between winners of Game 5 and Game 2

*Game 11: Friday, June 25 between the winners of Game 6 and Game 9

Bracket 2

Game 3: Sunday, June 20

Game 4: Sunday, June 20

Game 7: Tuesday, June 22

Game 8: Tuesday, June 22 between the winners of Game 3 and Game 4

Game 10: Thursday, June 24 between the winners of Game 7 and Game 4

*Game 12: Friday, June 25 between the winners of Game 8 and Game 10

*The losers of Game 11 and Game 12 will play if that loss is their first of the CWS.

Bracket 1 winner vs. Bracket 2 winner 

(Best two-of-three game series and all games on channel TBD)

  • Game 1: Monday, June 28

  • Game 2: Tuesday, June 29

  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 30 *if necessary