NCAA Names Baseball Regional Sites
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) _ Cal State Fullerton will play at Ohio State in the NCAA super regionals, the only top-seeded team whose home field was not selected to host a super regional.
The NCAA on Monday announced the hosts for the eight Division I baseball super regionals. The hosts were selected Sunday night by teleconference, said Dick Rockwell, chairman of the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
The pairings and sites are: Wake Forest (47-14) at Miami (Fla.) (44-13); Southwestern Louisiana (41-22) vs. Rice (56-12) at the Astrodome in Houston; LSU (41-22-1) at Alabama (49-14); Oklahoma State (44-18) at Baylor (49-13); Auburn (46-17) at Florida State (51-12); Clemson (41-25) at Texas A&M (50-15); Southern California (36-24) at Stanford (46-13) and Cal State Fullerton (47-11) at Ohio State (49-12).
Rockwell said the decision to have Ohio State host the game with top-seeded Cal St.-Fullerton, sprang from the committee’s desire to expand into new areas of the country this year.
``Going to Columbus is the big unknown,″ Rockwell said. ``Sometimes a blind squirrel can find that acorn. This will be a big boost for college baseball.″
All eight sites will be a best-of-three series to determine the College World Series participants. Each series will be played June 4 and 5, and June 6 if necessary. Winners advance to the 53rd College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., which begins June 11.
The College World Series tournament field was expanded this year for the from 48 to 64 teams. The committee selected sites for the first time because of the expanded bracket.
Rockwell said the hosts were selected on the basis of several criteria including quality and availability of the sports facility, geographic location, attendance history and revenue potential.