Big West Conference Postseason Release
For the first time since 2008 the Big West Conference earned four bids into the 2014 NCAA DI Baseball Tournament, as the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 64-team field today. Big West champion Cal Poly (automatic qualifier) is a regional host, and is joined by Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.
The fourth-ranked Mustangs (45-10) advanced to the postseason for the second straight year after capturing their first Big West title in school history with a 19-5 mark to earn the league’s automatic berth. This is the third regional for the Mustangs as they were at-large selections in both 2009 (Tempe Regional) and 2013 (Los Angeles Regional). Cal Poly, nearly unbeatable at home this season with a 27-3 record, is set to entertain Pac 12 at-large selection Arizona State (33-22), West Coast Conference champion Pepperdine (39-16) and Western Athletic Conference champion Sacramento State (38-22) at Baggett Stadium May 30-June 2. Pepperdine is the lone team in the regional that Cal Poly faced during the year, going 1-1 against the Waves with each team winning on their home field. The San Luis Obispo Regional will be televised on ESPN3 with game times slated for 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. daily. The Sun Devils and Waves kick off the regional at 1:00 p.m. and the Mustangs entertain the Hornets at 6:00 p.m. The San Luis Obispo Regional is paired with the Fort Worth Regional that features No. 7 seed TCU, Dallas Baptist, Sam Houston and Siena.
Following a five-year absence from the postseason, Long Beach State (32-24), winning nine of the last 10 contests, received an at-large bid into the 2014 NCAA Regional after finishing second in the Big West Conference with a 17-7 mark. The Dirtbags, who last appeared in the postseason back in 2008 when they were crowned co-champions with Cal State Fullerton, are headed to the Gainesville Regional where they join No. 2 seed and Southeastern Conference regular season champion Florida (40-21), Atlantic Coast Conference at-large pick North Carolina (34-25) and Colonial Athletic Association tournament champion College of Charleston (41-17). The second-seeded Dirtbags face the Tar Heels on Friday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) on ESPN3, while the Gators open play with the Cougars in the second game of the doubleheader at 4:00 p.m. The victor of the Gainesville Regional is slated to face the winner of the Coral Gables Regional that includes Miami, Texas Tech, Columbia and Bethune-Cookman.
Cal State Fullerton closed out the regular season winning seven straight to bump their overall record to 32-22 while finishing fourth in the Big West Conference with a 14-10 record. Making their 36th appearance in the NCAA Regionals - 28th as a Big West member - the Titans are headed to Stillwater, Okla., as the No. 3 seed along with host and Big 12 regular season champion Oklahoma State (45-16), Big Ten at-large selection Nebraska (40-19) and America East Conference tournament champion Binghamton (25-25). This year's selection marks the 23rd consecutive year Cal State Fullerton has received a postseason berth, marking the third-longest active consecutive streak in the nation behind Miami (42 years) and Florida State (37 years). It is also the first time Fullerton entered the NCAA Tournament lower than a No. 1 or No. 2 seed since 2002. The Titans' matchup against the Cornhuskers is set to air on ESPNU at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific), while the OSU-Binghamton showdown will be featured on ESPN3 at 4:00 p.m.
The winner of the Stillwater Regional battles the winner of the Corvallis Regional which features No. 1 seed and Pac 12 champion Oregon State, Mountain West Conference at-large selection UNLV (35-23), Big West member UC Irvine (35-22) and Summit League tournament champion North Dakota State (25-24). The Anteaters, who finished third in the Big West Conference with a 15-9 record, are making their first appearance in the NCAA Regionals since 2011. UC Irvine battles UNLV in the regional’s first game on May 30 at 2:00 p.m. on ESPN3 The nightcap features the Beavers and the Bison at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) led all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with 10, the most for a single conference in the history of the tournament. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has seven institutions, while the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conference each have five selected.
Making the tournament for the first time includes Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference and Sacramento State of the Western Athletic Conference. Overall, 32 of the 64 teams were in the field last year.
Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 30, to Monday, June 2 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Monday, June 2 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET).
The 68th Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 14, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
- Friday Matchups (all times Pacific)
Baton Rouge Regional hosted by LSU
#1 LSU (44-14-1) vs. #4 Southeastern La. (37-23), 12 noon, ESPN3
#2 Houston (44-15) vs. #3 Bryant (42-14), 5 p.m., ESPN3
Bloomington Regional hosted by Indiana
#1 Indiana (42-13) vs. #4 Youngstown State (16-36), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Indiana State (35-16) vs. #3 Stanford (30-23), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Charlottesville Regional hosted by Virginia
#1 Virginia (44-13) vs. #4 Bucknell (30-19-1), 11 a.m., ESPN3
#2 Arkansas (38-23) vs. #3 Liberty (41-16), 4 p.m., ESPNU
Coral Gables Regional hosted by Miami (Florida)
#1 Miami (Florida) (41-17) vs. #4 Bethune-Cookman (26-31), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Texas Tech (40-18) vs. #3 Columbia (29-18), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Corvallis Regional hosted by Oregon State
#1 Oregon State (42-12) vs. #4 North Dakota State (25-24), 8 p.m., ESPNU
#2 UNLV (35-23) vs. #3 UC Irvine (35-22), 2 p.m., ESPN3
Columbia Regional hosted by South Carolina
#1 South Carolina (42-16) vs. #4 Campbell (40-19), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Maryland (36-21) vs. #3 Old Dominion (36-24), 10 a.m., ESPN3
Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU
#1 TCU (42-15) vs. #4 Siena (26-231), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Dallas Baptist (40-19) vs. #3 Sam Houston State (41-17), 12:30 p.m., ESPN3
Gainesville Regional hosted by Florida
#1 Florida (40-21) vs. #4 Col. of Charleston (41-17), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Long Beach State (32-24) vs. #3 North Carolina (34-25), 10 a.m., ESPN3
Houston Regional hosted by Rice
#1 Rice (41-18) vs. #4 George Mason (34-20), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Texas (38-18) vs. #3 Texas A&M (33-24), 1 p.m., ESPNU
Lafayette Regional hosted by La.-Lafayette
#1 La.-Lafayette (53-7) vs. Jackson State (31-23), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Mississippi State (37-22) vs. #3 San Diego State (42-19), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Louisville Regional hosted by Louisville
#1 Louisville (45-15) vs. #4 Kent State (36-21), 3 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Kentucky (35-23) vs. #3 Kansas (34-24), 11 a.m., ESPN3
Nashville Regional hosted by Vanderbilt
#1 Vanderbilt (41-18) vs. #4 Xavier (29-27), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Oregon (42-18) vs. #3 Clemson (36-23), 10 a.m., ESPN3
Oxford Regional hosted by Ole Miss
#1 Ole Miss (41-18) vs. #4 Jacksonville State (36-25), 5 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Washington (39-15-1) vs. #3 Georgia Tech (36-25), 1 p.m., ESPN3
San Luis Obispo Regional hosted by Cal Poly
#1 Cal Poly (45-10) vs. #4 Sacramento State (39-22), 6 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Arizona State (33-22) vs. #3 Pepperdine (39-16), 1 p.m., ESPN3
Stillwater Regional hosted by Oklahoma State
#1 Oklahoma State (45-16) vs. #4 Binghamton (25-25), 4 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Nebraska (40-19) vs. #3 Cal State Fullerton (32-22), 10 a.m., ESPNU
Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida State
#1 Florida State (43-15) vs. #4 Ga. Southern (39-21), 3 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Alabama (34-22) vs. #3 Kennesaw State (37-21), 9 a.m., ESPN3