Schools now know where to book their flights and 16 teams are gearing up for some hungry visitors as the field of 64 has been set for the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament regionals.
The top 16 schools host a regional with four teams in a double-elimination format, and the winner of each advancing to a best-of-three super regional. The winner of that will be among the eight making the trek to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College Baseball World Series.
It was no surprise to see teams like Oregon State and Florida among the top national seeds, but there were a couple of twists and turns throughout the selection process that left certain regionals packed with dangerous squads.
Let's break down the results from Monday's selection show.
|Kennesaw State vs. Alabama||Friday, May 30||Noon||ESPN3|
|Cal State Fullerton vs. Nebraska||Friday, May 30||1 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Clemson vs. Oregon||Friday, May 30||1 p.m.||ESPN3|
|North Carolina vs. Long Beach state||Friday, May 30||1 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Old Dominion vs. Maryland||Friday, May 30||1 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Kansas vs. Kentucky||Friday, May 30||2 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Stanford vs. Indiana State||Friday, May 30||2 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Columbia vs. Texas Tech||Friday, May 30||2 p.m.||ESPN3|
|San Diego State vs. Mississippi State||Friday, May 30||2 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Bucknell vs. Virginia||Friday, May 30||2 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Southeastern Louisiana vs. LSU||Friday, May 30||3 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Sam Houston State vs. Dallas Baptist||Friday, May 30||3:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Texas A&M vs. Texas||Friday, May 30||4 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Pepperdine vs. Arizona State||Friday, May 30||4 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Georgia Tech vs. Washington||Friday, May 30||4 p.m.||ESPN3|
|UC Irvine vs. UNLV||Friday, May 30||5 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Georgia Southern vs. Florida State||Friday, May 30||6 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Kent State vs. Louisville||Friday, May 30||6 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Binghamton vs. Oklahoma State||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Youngstown State vs. Indiana||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Charleston vs. Florida||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Bethune-Cookman vs. Miami (Florida)||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Jackson State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Campbell vs. South Carolina||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Liberty vs. Arkansas||Friday, May 30||7 p.m.||ESPNU|
|George Mason vs. Rice||Friday, May 30||8 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Bryant vs. Houston||Friday, May 30||8 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Xavier vs. Vanderbilt||Friday, May 30||8 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Siena vs. TCU||Friday, May 30||8 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Jacksonville State vs. Ole Miss||Friday, May 30||8 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Sacramento State vs. Cal Poly||Friday, May 30||9 p.m.||ESPN3|
|North Dakota State vs. Oregon State||Friday, May 30||11 p.m.||ESPNU|
Note: Remaining schedule dependent upon results from above games. Schedule courtesy of NCAA.com.
Interactive bracket found here courtesy of NCAA.com.
Most Intriguing Regionals
There's no regional tournament in this year's bracket with more intrigue and potential than in Gainesville, Florida.
The Florida Gators were picked as the No. 2 national seed but won't exactly have a walk in the park to get to their fourth College World Series in five years. Should they get past College of Charleston, the Gators will face dangerous ACC foe North Carolina or Long Beach State.
The real potential starts in the super regional, when Florida could face off against the Miami Hurricanes—who host the Coral Gables regional but were snubbed for one of the eight national seeds.
At least that's the opinion of Miami head coach Jim Morris, per the Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway:
Ineteresting, Miami coach Jim Morris tells ESPNU he's not happy about pairing with Florida, having to go to 2 seed as borderline top 8 seed.— Kevin Brockway (@gatorhoops) May 26, 2014
The Hurricanes are no strangers to traveling to Gainesville in the super regional round, but it could bode well for them this year given their record against the Gators. Miami won two of three against Florida in the series between the two this season.
It's arguable that Miami got the short end of the stick by having to face a top national team in the super regional, but the 'Canes might at least have a shot at one of their biggest in-state rivals on the diamond.
With a number of serious national title contenders jumbled in, the Houston and Baton Rouge regionals are set to feature a super regional collision course between two elite schools.
LSU is the national seed in the group after winning the SEC tournament without a single loss, but the committee didn't do them any favors in paving their road to the College World Series. The Tigers face Southeastern Louisiana in their first game, but then might have to face Houston before even getting to the super regional.
The Cougars were expected by some to at least host their own regional, but Rice took that honor after winning the Conference USA tournament. Expect Houston to be fired up and ready to test the red-hot LSU Tigers, who tore through the SEC tourney.
In the regional they're matched up with, the teams heading to Houston aren't short on intrigue, either, per OleMissSports.com's Austin Miller:
Chair of NCAA Baseball Committee said there were five teams for last three national seeds: ULL, TCU, LSU, Rice and Vanderbilt.— Austin Miller (@austinkmiller) May 26, 2014
Whether it's LSU, Rice, Houston or even a sleeper like Texas A&M or Texas, this super regional is sure to be one of the best.
As the only team not from a power conference to earn one of the top eight national seeds, Louisiana-Lafayette enters its regional with a ton of excitement surrounding the program.
The Ragin' Cajuns finished with a blazing-hot record of 53-7 for the season, and they're certainly the team to beat for anyone in the Lafayette or Oxford regionals hoping to get to the College World Series. But there are plenty of teams capable of taking them out.
Mississippi State could face Lafayette in its home stadium, and should the Cajuns make it out of their regional, they may have to face Ole Miss—another dangerous SEC foe.
Or, as the SEC's Chuck Dunlap hopes, it could be an all-SEC bash for the super regional:
Ole Miss is paired against Lafayette regional, where Miss State is the 2 Seed. Gov. Bryant should start prep plans now, just in case…— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) May 26, 2014
Whether it's out of Oxford, Lafayette or elsewhere, the SEC looks to be in good shape to get more than one team into the field with 10 total schools among the 64.
But there's no doubting that the team everyone is looking up to in this set of regionals is Louisiana-Lafayette.