On Monday, the selection committee announced the 64th field for the 2022 NCAA Division I baseball tournament, which we’ll reveal shortly. The most familiar shape of collars.
Here are some quick takeaways on the subject:
- The field this year includes 31 automatic bidders across conference tournaments and 33 large entrants. The first round of play is known as regional, and it is a double elimination format. Each of the 16 No. 1 seeds hosts their own four-team regional team, when applicable. Each of the sixteen regional regions is rated from one to four. In each area, No. 1 faces No. 4, and No. 2 faces No. 3 on the first day of work. After that, the winners of these two matches play each other, while the losers play the game of elimination.
- The winner from each region advances to the regional super. The Super Regional, with a total of 16 teams, is the best three-series format.
- Regional Super winners – eight teams in total – advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
- The College World Series is a two-elimination format until the last two teams are left standing. At this point, the boards are cleared of their proper place, and one of the top three strings is to determine the National Champion.
Field 64 also includes eight National Seeds, which you might consider a pre-tour favorite for getting to Omaha. Here are them for this year, ranked in order with the regular season record:
- Tennessee, 53-7
- Stanford, 14-40
- Oregon, 44-14
- Virginia Tech, 41-12
- Texas A&M, 37-18
- Miami, Florida, 39-18
- Oklahoma State, 39-20
- East Carolina, 42-18
If a national seed wins its region, it hosts the greater regional region when possible. Otherwise, the Super Regionals locations will be announced after the regional round ends.
And now for the full domain. Regional play begins Friday, June 3. Now here are the matches for all 16 regional teams – a reminder that each region is seeded from one to four and is hosted by one of the 16 national teams.
NCAA Baseball Tournament Schedule
- Regionals: starts Friday 3 June; Ends Monday 6th June
- Super Regional: starts Friday 10 June; Ends Monday 13th June
- College World Series Introductory: Friday 17 June
- College World Series Finals (best of 3): Starts on Saturday 25th June
Here’s a link to the full NCAA.com bracketwhich includes region versus region pairs for superregions.
Hosted by the #1 National Ranked Tennessee
- 1. Tennessee (53-7) vs. 4. Alabama (34-23)
- 2. Georgia Tech (34-22) vs. 3. Campbell (40-17)
Hosted by the No. 2 National Ranked Stanford
- 1. Stanford (41-14) vs. 4. Binghamton (22-28)
- 2. Texas State (45-12) vs. 3. UC Santa Barbara (43-12)
Hosted by Oregon National Ranked No. 3
- 1 – Oregon Street (44-15) v 4. New Mexico State (24-32)
- 2. Vanderbilt (36-21) vs. 3. San Diego (36-18)
Hosted by National Ranked #4 by Virginia Tech
- 1. Virginia Tech (41-12) vs. 4. Wright State (30-25)
- 2. Gonzaga (36-17) vs. 3. Colombia (30-16)
Regional College Station
Hosted by National Ranked #5 Texas A&M
- 1. Texas A&M (37-18) vs. 4. Oral Roberts (38-18)
- 2. TCU (36-20) vs. 3. Louisiana (36-21)
Coral Gables Regional
Hosted by the National Ranked #6 Miami-FL
- 1. Miami (Florida) (39-18) vs. 4. Canisius (29-23)
- 2. Arizona (37-23) vs. 3. Ole Miss (32-22)
Hosted by the National No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State
- 1- Oklahoma State (39-20) vs. 4, Missouri (30-27)
- 2. Arkansas (38-18) vs. 3. Grand Canyon (41-19)
Hosted by the #8 National Ranked No. 8 in East Carolina
- 1. East Carolina (42-18) v 4. Cobain State (24-28)
- 2. Virginia (38-17) vs. 3. Coastal Carolina (36-18-1)
Hosted by the National Number 9 seed in Texas
- 1- Texas (42-19) vs. 4. Air Force (30-27)
- 2. Louisiana Tech (42-19) vs. 3. Dallas Baptist (34-22-1),
Chapel Hill Regional
Hosted by the National No. 10 seed in North Carolina
- 1. North Carolina (38-19) vs. 4. Hofstra (30-21)
- 2. Georgia (35-21) vs. 3. VCU (40-18)
Hosted by the National No. 11 ranked Mississippi
- 1. Miss South (43-16) vs. 4. Army (31-23)
- 2. LSU (38-20) vs. 3. Kennesaw State (35-26)
Hosted by the 12th National Ranked No. 12 Louisville
- 1. Louisville (38-18-1) vs 4 Southeast Missouri (37-20)
- 2. Oregon (35-23) vs. 3. Michigan (32-26)
Gainesville Regional District
Hosted by National Ranked No. 13 Florida
- 1- Florida (39-22) vs. 4. Central Michigan (42-17)
- 2. Oklahoma (37-20) vs. 3. Liberty (37-21)
Hosted by National Ranked No. 14 Auburn
- 1. Auburn (37-19) vs. 4. Southeastern Los Angeles (30-29)
- 2. UCLA (38-22) v. 3. Florida St. (33-23)
College Park Regional
Hosted by Maryland National Ranked #15
- 1. Maryland (45-12) vs. 4. Long Island (37-19)
- 2. Wake Forest (40-17-1) vs. 3. Ocon (46-13)
Hosted by the National No. 16 ranked South Georgia
- 1. South Georgia (40-18) v. 4. UNC – Greensboro (34-28)
- 2. Notre Dame (35-14) vs. 3. Texas Tech (37-20)
Now for some quick take on the 64-team field above:
- There will be no repeat this year, as the governing National Champion Mississippi (26-30) has not received an offer. No team has had a repeat National Champion at the Division I level since South Carolina in 2010 and 2011.
- Florida State makes its 44th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship.
- This year’s field includes two teams appearing in the championship for the first time ever – Cobain State and Hofstra.
- At the conference level, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the ACC lead all entrants with nine bids each.
- Next in line is Big 12 and Pac-12 with five bids each.
All of the above lead to the College World Series at Charles Schwab Stadium in Omaha, which begins Friday, June 17.
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