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

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College Baseball Regionals 2014: Dates, Schedule, Bracket and Predictions
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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 Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Oregon State vs. No. 4 North Dakota State Friday, May 30 11 p.m. ESPNU
No. 2 UNLV vs. No. 3 UC Irvine Friday, May 30 5 p.m. ESPN3
Stillwater Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 Binghamton Friday, May 30 7 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Cal State Fullerton Friday, May 30 1 p.m. ESPNU
Houston Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Rice vs. No. 4 George Mason Friday, May 30 8 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Texas A&M Friday, May 30 4 p.m. ESPNU
Baton Rouge Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana Friday, May 30 3 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Houston vs. No. 3 Bryant Friday, May 30 8 p.m. ESPN3
Tallahassee Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Georgia Southern Friday, May 30 6 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Kennesaw State Friday, May 30 Noon ESPN3
Louisville Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Kent State Friday, May 30 6 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Kansas Friday, May 30 2 p.m. ESPN3
Nashville Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Xavier Friday, May 30 8 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Clemson Friday, May 30 1 p.m. ESPN3
Bloomington Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Youngstown State Friday, May 30 7 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Indiana State vs. No. 3 Stanford Friday, May 30 2 p.m. ESPN3
Gainesville Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 Charleston Friday, May 30 7 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Long Beach State vs. No. 3 North Carolina Friday, May 30 1 p.m. ESPN3
Coral Gables Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 4 Bethune-Cookman Friday, May 30 7 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 3 Columbia Friday, May 30 2 p.m. ESPN3
San Luis Obispo Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Cal Poly vs. No. 4 Sacramento State Friday, May 30 9 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 3 Pepperdine Friday, May 30 4 p.m. ESPN3
Fort Worth Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 TCU vs. No. 4 Siena Friday, May 30 8 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Dallas Baptist vs. No. 3 Sam Houston State Friday, May 30 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Lafayette Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 La.-Lafayette vs. No. 4 Jackson State Friday, May 30 7 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Mississippi State vs. No. 3 San Diego State Friday, May 30 2 p.m. ESPN3
Oxford Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Jacksonville State Friday, May 30 8 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech Friday, May 30 4 p.m. ESPN3
Columbia Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Campbell Friday, May 30 7 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 3 Old Dominion Friday, May 30 1 p.m. ESPN3
Charlottesville Regional Date Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Bucknell Friday, May 30 2 p.m. ESPN3
No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 Liberty Friday, May 30 7 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
Regional Predicted Winner
Corvallis Oregon State
Stillwater Cal St. Fullerton
Houston Texas
Baton Rouge LSU
Tallahassee Florida State
Louisville Kentucky
Nashville Oregon
Bloomington Indiana
Gainesville Florida
Coral Gables Miami (Fla.)
San Luis Obispo Cal Poly
Fort Worth TCU
Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette
Oxford Washington
Columbia South Carolina
Charlottesville Virginia

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. 

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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. 

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