College Baseball Regionals 2014 Bracket: Schedule, Live Stream and More

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2014

Florida State catcher Danny De La Calle (13) exchanges high-fives with pitcher Jameis Winston (44) after defeating Virginia 6-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference college baseball tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, May 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Bring on the baseball. 

While the sporting world focuses on the NBA and NHL playoffs, the French Open and the building anticipation of the World Cup, the NCAA baseball tournament is about to begin. Sure, it might not receive the hype of other college sports or the spotlight of some of the bigger events in the wider world of sports, but any college baseball fan will tell you that this tournament is a blast. 

So for the baseball junkies out there, below is all of the information you'll need to ensure you don't miss a single pitch, sacrifice fly or stolen base on the road to Omaha.

 

Tournament Information

For the full bracket, check out NCAA.com. Below, you'll find the full schedule for the first set of games in the regionals.

2014 College Baseball Regionals
Corvallis RegionalDateTime (ET)Watch
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

While the times and matchups aren't yet set, ESPN compiled the dates for the remainder of the regional matchups (along with the dates for every other game to be played after that).

The national seeds are as follows:

  1. Oregon State
  2. Florida
  3. Virginia
  4. Indiana
  5. Florida State
  6. Louisiana-Lafayette
  7. TCU
  8. LSU

 

Top Storylines

Butch Dill/Associated Press

Perhaps you were looking over the teams that reached the regionals and found yourself continually passing by an SEC team. Indeed, this year's tournament will have a particularly Southeastern flair, as the SEC will send 10 teams into the tournament, a record according to Eric Olson of the Associated Press, via ABC News.

It might seem a bit lopsided to send 10 of 14 schools in a conference into a championship tournament, but as Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin told Olson, even the teams at the bottom of the conference are very talented:

I'm not trying to toot our horn, but the reality is that you have to go through the gauntlet. When you play in this league, oftentimes you can get a wrong perspective of your own team because it's so difficult to get through. I think you look at the teams that didn't get in, and they very well could be in. There's not a lot of difference between your 11th and 12th teams to the 1 and 2s.

Oregon State, champions in 2006 and 2007, is the top seed in this year's tournament and will look to continue the Pac-12's dominance in the event, as Arizona and UCLA are the past two winners. There will be no repeat champions this year, however, as the Bruins didn't make the tournament.

While the SEC brings the most teams into the tournament and the Pac-12 has the past two winners, the ACC will try, once again, to end a title drought that dates back to 1955 when Wake Forest won the title, according to Brian Stubits of CBS Sports (Miami has won the title four times but did so as an independent).

It just so happens that the ACC also has the most intriguing player in this tournament, pitcher Jameis Winston, who just so happens to also be a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the football team. Winston had a 1.17 ERA and seven saves this season, so his baseball career is no novelty.

While we are still a slew of games away from the super regionals, there are a number of tasty potential matchups in that round. Oregon State could face Big 12 champion Oklahoma State in the super regionals, while Miami could take on Florida in the other potentially tasty matchup.

While a bunch of very good teams could lock horns in the super regionals, a number of underdogs will surely advance. Looking for a sleeper? Jeff Bradley of SI.com thinks you should keep an eye on Columbia:

Long Island-based Stony Brook woke the nation up to college baseball in the Northeast two years ago, advancing to the College World Series by pulling one upset after another. A potential sleeper in this year's bracket also comes from the Empire State: the Ivy League champion Columbia Lions, who are the No. 3 seed in the Coral Gables Regional. Columbia is a pesky-hitting team that rarely strikes out, runs the bases aggressively and plays great defense. In Friday night starter David Speer (7-2, 1.86 ERA, seven walks in 87 innings) the Lions have a polished lefthander who won't be overwhelmed pitching the opening game against No. 2 seed Texas Tech. Columbia took its lumps when it traveled to Texas earlier this year, but that experience against big-time competition eliminates the awe that most Ivy League teams feel when they make their way to a regional.

Of course, a few of the more talented teams may generally escape the national spotlight, too. Louisiana-Lafayette can really mash the ball. Cal State Fullerton had a topsy-turvy season but opened the year ranked No. 4 and has won seven in a row heading into the tournament. Big West champions Cal Poly are not to be taken lightly. 

The NCAA college baseball tournament doesn't receive the press its basketball brethren receive, but its tournament is just as nutty, unpredictable and fun. This year doesn't appear as though it will break that trend.

 

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