NCAA Baseball Regionals Wrap Up
The Regionals are finished, and that puts a bow on the first weekend of the NCAA Division 1 Baseball tournament. The field has now been drastically reduced from 64 teams down to 16 teams. There were 16 regional sites, and here are the Champions for each region.
- Gainesville Regional: Florida Gators (1) (1)
- Raleigh Regional: Auburn Tigers
- Lubbock Regional: Texas Tech Red Raiders (1) (9)
- Athens Regional: Duke Blue Devils
- Fayetteville Regional: Arkansas Razorbacks (1) (5)
- Greenville Regional: South Carolina Game Cocks
- Austin Regional: Texas Longhorns (1) (13)
- Oxford Regional: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
- Stanford Regional: Cal State Fullerton Titans
- Conway Regional: Washington Huskies
- Clemson Regional: Vanderbilt Commodores
- Tallahassee Regional: Mississippi State Bulldogs
- Chapel Hill Regional: North Carolina Tar Heels (1) (6)
- Deland Regional: Stetson Hatters (1) (11)
- Minneapolis Regional: Minnesota Golden Gophers (1) (14)
- Corvallis Regional: Oregon State Beavers (1) (3)
Of the 16 Number One overall National seeds, half of them have survived to the Super Regionals including Number 1 overall Florida, Number 3 overall Oregon State, Number 5 overall Arkansas, Number 6 overall North Carolina, Number 9 overall Texas Tech, Number 11 overall Stetson, Number 13 overall Texas, and Number 14 overall Minnesota.
Out of the top 16 overall seeds, the Florida Gators were the only ones who had suffered a loss, and had to play a total for 4 games to reach the Super Regionals. There were only three other teams who ended up having to play a total of 4 games to reach the Super Regionals and those include the Duke Blue Devils, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Even more impressive is that Duke and Mississippi State both lost their opening game just to bounce back and win their final three games to advance to the Super Regionals.
The Super Regionals will start play on Friday June 8 and are a best of three series. The first set will be playing Friday June 8, Saturday June 9, and if necessary Sunday June 10 and will feature the following match-ups:
- Number 14 Minnesota at Number 3 Oregon
- Number 11 Stetson at Number 6 North Carolina
- Washington at Cal State Fullerton
- Mississippi State at Vanderbilt
The other set of Super Regionals are also a best of three series and will begin play on Saturday June 9 and will play Sunday June 10 and if necessary Monday June 11. These match-ups will feature:
- Auburn at Number 1 Florida
- Duke at Number 9 Texas Tech
- South Carolina at Number 5 Arkansas
- Tennessee Tech at Number 13 Texas
*All games can be seen on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU (check local listings)
The Regionals division set play in a double elimination format with four teams competing for one spot in the Super Regionals. The difference between the Regionals and Super Regionals is that now the Super Regionals consists of a best of 3 series between winners of two different Regionals.
After the Super Regionals, is what everyone knows about, and that is the College World Series. These games are played in Omaha, Nebraska and consist of another double elimination situation. The 8 survivors of the Super Regionals will be split into two brackets and will go into individual double elimination tournaments. The two separate double elimination tournaments will decide which two teams will be playing for the NCAA Division 1 College World Series Trophy. The champion will be decided in a best of three series. The College World Series will begin on June 16 and conclude either on June 26 or June 27th, depending on the length of the final series.