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College Baseball Regionals 2014: Bracket, Schedule and Hosts

TCU celebrates after defeating Oklahoma State in the championship game of the Big 12 conference NCAA college baseball tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 25, 2014. TCU won 7-1. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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Steven CookContributor IIIMay 26, 2014

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.

 

2014 College Baseball Regional Hosts
National SeedSchool
1Oregon State
2Florida
3Virginia
4Indiana
5Florida State
6Louisiana-Lafeyette
7TCU
8LSU
-Oklahoma State
-Rice
-Louisville
-Vanderbilt
-Miami (Florida)
-Cal Poly
-Ole Miss
-South Carolina
ESPNU Broadcast
2014 College Baseball Regionals Schedule
MatchupDateTime (ET)TV
Kennesaw State vs. AlabamaFriday, May 30NoonESPN3
Cal State Fullerton vs. NebraskaFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPNU
Clemson vs. OregonFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPN3
North Carolina vs. Long Beach stateFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPN3
Old Dominion vs. MarylandFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPN3
Kansas vs. KentuckyFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Stanford vs. Indiana StateFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Columbia vs. Texas TechFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
San Diego State vs. Mississippi StateFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Bucknell vs. VirginiaFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Southeastern Louisiana vs. LSUFriday, May 303 p.m.ESPN3
Sam Houston State vs. Dallas BaptistFriday, May 303:30 p.m.ESPN3
Texas A&M vs. TexasFriday, May 304 p.m.ESPNU
Pepperdine vs. Arizona StateFriday, May 304 p.m.ESPN3
Georgia Tech vs. WashingtonFriday, May 304 p.m.ESPN3
UC Irvine vs. UNLVFriday, May 305 p.m.ESPN3
Georgia Southern vs. Florida StateFriday, May 306 p.m.ESPN3
Kent State vs. LouisvilleFriday, May 306 p.m.ESPN3
Binghamton vs. Oklahoma StateFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
Youngstown State vs. IndianaFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
Charleston vs. FloridaFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
Bethune-Cookman vs. Miami (Florida)Friday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
Jackson State vs. Louisiana-LafayetteFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
Campbell vs. South CarolinaFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
Liberty vs. ArkansasFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPNU
George Mason vs. RiceFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
Bryant vs. HoustonFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
Xavier vs. VanderbiltFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
Siena vs. TCUFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
Jacksonville State vs. Ole MissFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
Sacramento State vs. Cal PolyFriday, May 309 p.m.ESPN3
North Dakota State vs. Oregon StateFriday, May 3011 p.m.ESPNU
NCAA.com

Note: Remaining schedule dependent upon results from above games. Schedule courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

Bracket

Interactive bracket found here courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

Most Intriguing Regionals

Gainesville/Coral Gables

Butch Dill/Associated Press

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:

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. 

 

Baton Rouge/Houston

Jun 18, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Paul Mainieri makes a pitching change during their College World Series game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports
USA TODAY Sports

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:

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. 

 

Lafayette/Oxford

Patric Schneider/Associated Press

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:

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.

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