College Baseball Regionals 2014: Dates, Schedule, Bracket and Predictions

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 27, 2014

Florida's Zack Powers (5) tags LSU's Alex Bregman (8) out as he is picked off at first base during the eighth inning at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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The road to Omaha is officially set, and chances are it's going to go through the SEC. 

Of the 64 teams in the college baseball tournament field, 10 are from the powerhouse conference. As ESPNU pointed out, that sets a new record:

Along with LSU, who earned the No. 8 national seed by winning the league, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and South Carolina will all host regionals. 

The Big Ten has been at the complete opposite end of the spectrum in this sport, but Indiana put an end to a conference-wide drought, becoming the first school in history to receive a national seed: 

Let's take a look at how the rest of the regionals shook out, along with a gander at the schedule, bracket and predictions.

 

Regionals Schedule

2014 College Baseball Regionals
Corvallis RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Oregon State vs. No. 4 North Dakota StateFriday, May 3011 p.m.ESPNU
No. 2 UNLV vs. No. 3 UC IrvineFriday, May 305 p.m.ESPN3
Stillwater RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 BinghamtonFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Cal State FullertonFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPNU
Houston RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Rice vs. No. 4 George MasonFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Texas A&MFriday, May 304 p.m.ESPNU
Baton Rouge RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Southeastern LouisianaFriday, May 303 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Houston vs. No. 3 BryantFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
Tallahassee RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Georgia SouthernFriday, May 306 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Kennesaw StateFriday, May 30NoonESPN3
Louisville RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Kent StateFriday, May 306 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 KansasFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Nashville RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 XavierFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 ClemsonFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPN3
Bloomington RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Youngstown StateFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Indiana State vs. No. 3 StanfordFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Gainesville RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 CharlestonFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Long Beach State vs. No. 3 North CarolinaFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPN3
Coral Gables RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 4 Bethune-CookmanFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 3 ColumbiaFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
San Luis Obispo RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Cal Poly vs. No. 4 Sacramento StateFriday, May 309 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 3 PepperdineFriday, May 304 p.m.ESPN3
Fort Worth RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 TCU vs. No. 4 SienaFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Dallas Baptist vs. No. 3 Sam Houston StateFriday, May 303:30 p.m.ESPN3
Lafayette RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 La.-Lafayette vs. No. 4 Jackson StateFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Mississippi State vs. No. 3 San Diego StateFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
Oxford RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Jacksonville StateFriday, May 308 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Georgia TechFriday, May 304 p.m.ESPN3
Columbia RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 4 CampbellFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 3 Old DominionFriday, May 301 p.m.ESPN3
Charlottesville RegionalDateTime (ET)TV
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 BucknellFriday, May 302 p.m.ESPN3
No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 LibertyFriday, May 307 p.m.ESPNU
NCAA.com

These are, of course, just the first games in each regional. Future games will be determined based on the results of these contests. 

 

Bracket

You can find a complete bracket of every individual regional, as well as the full 64-team bracket for the road to Omaha, right here, courtesy of NCAA.com. 

 

Predictions

2014 College Baseball Regionals Predictions
RegionalPredicted Winner
CorvallisOregon State
StillwaterCal St. Fullerton
HoustonTexas
Baton RougeLSU
TallahasseeFlorida State
LouisvilleKentucky
NashvilleOregon
BloomingtonIndiana
GainesvilleFlorida
Coral GablesMiami (Fla.)
San Luis ObispoCal Poly
Fort WorthTCU
LafayetteLouisiana-Lafayette
OxfordWashington
ColumbiaSouth Carolina
CharlottesvilleVirginia

NCAA Stats on Twitter gave us a historical idea of what to expect when it comes to hosts making it out of their regional: 

Among those sites with the best chance of producing some upsets include the Houston, Oxford and Stillwater regionals. 

Rice is a fixture atop the college baseball world, with this marking the Owls' 20th consecutive inclusion in the tournament field. However, Wayne Graham's squad wasn't exactly dealt many favors with in-state rivals Texas and Texas A&M joining them in Houston. 

The Longhorns slipped in the Big 12 tournament against Oklahoma State, but they are ranked No. 21 nationally by Baseball America. Moreover, according to tournament committee chairman Dennis Farrell, via Baseball America's Aaron Fitt, they were just shy of being named a host:

Against the Longhorns and Aggies this season, Rice went just 1-3. 

The most brutal regional, meanwhile, likely resides in Oxford. No. 1 Ole Miss is a deserving host, No. 2 Washington has a strong case to be a host and No. 3 Georgia Tech could easily be a No. 2 after winning the ACC tourney.  

In the case of the Huskies, they faltered down the stretch and didn't have a strong nonconference schedule, but this was the second-best team in the Pac-12 behind only the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. 

Head coach Lindsay Meggs, via the Seattle Times' Adam Jude, was far from happy: 

That extra motivation should only fuel the Huskies, adding difficulty to what was already the only regional with three Baseball America top-25 teams. 

Finally, over in Stillwater, Oklahoma State is the clear favorite, but Nebraska (12-2 in its last 14) and Cal State Fullerton (won its last seven) are both very dangerous opponents.