West Virginia earns first NCAA Tournament bid since 1996

Iowa and other Big Ten as well as Big 12 schools are awaiting travel plans for their NCAA baseball tournament regional action.

No. 3 seed Rice will face No. 2 seed Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. CT Friday in the second game of the four-team regional.The regional continues Saturday and Sunday and, if necessary, will finish on Monday.

But as fans saw a year ago just being a host isn't enough.

The regional round is a four-team, double-elimination format.

The selection committee seeds the top eight teams in the field. The Wolverines (42-15 overall, 16-8 Big Ten) will play No. 2 Florida Gulf Coast (42-18) in the Chapel Hill (NC) regional on Friday at 1:00 PM ET. No. 2 seed IN and No. 3 seed North Carolina State will square off IN the nightcap at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Florida (42-16, 21-9) won the East and LSU (43-17, 21-9) took the West. Texas Tech, 6. Texas Christian, 7.

As expected, Oregon State is the #1 national seed, followed by North Carolina, Florida, LSU, Texas Tech, TCU, Louisville and Stanford.

A short two years after their last appearance, the Missouri State Baseball Bears are heading back to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. DE went 4-0 at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament to capture its first conference title in the CAA.

After narrowly missing the tournament previous year, the Beavers went 49-4 and set a Pac-12 record with 27 conference victories. The 69th Men's College World Series begins play Friday, June 16, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference sent a record-high five to the tourney in 2015.

The victor of the Arkansas-ORU game will face either Missouri State or Oklahoma State in the second round.

Houston (40-19), which won the American Athletic Conference Tournament and shared the AAC regular-season title, will play a home regional for the second time in three years. They have also reached the College World Series 22 times since 1974. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. It's more a celebration of things to come and not what we've already accomplished.

  • Larry Hoffman