Baseball Hosting Regional In Mesa May 31-June 2

May 27, 2002

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, as well as the 16 regional sites, was announced Monday by the NCAA. Arizona State will host Houston, San Diego and New Mexico State Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. Houston will take on New Mexico State at noon, while ASU will host San Diego at 6 p.m. on Friday. Game times on Saturday will be at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. while Sunday's games will be at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (if necessary).

The national top eight seeds are Florida State University (56-12); Clemson University (47-14); University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (48-13); Rice University (47-11); University of Texas at Austin (48-14); University of South Carolina, Columbia (48-14); Wake Forest University (44-11-1) and Stanford University (40-16).

All 16 regional sites will be on the campus of the host team except the Arizona State University and Wake Forest regionals, as the Wake Forest regional will be conducted at Ernie Shore Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to Arizona State, the other 15 host schools are: Florida State; University of Notre Dame; University of Southern California; Stanford; Texas; Louisiana State University; Rice; Clemson; Wichita State University; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Wake Forest; South Carolina; University of Florida; Georgia Institute of Technology and Alabama.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with seven, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference and Conference USA with five each.

Forty of the 64 teams also were part of the 2001 field. Five teams made the baseball championship for the first time in school history: Central Connecticut State University, Elon University, University of Louisville, New Mexico State University and University of San Diego. The other 59 teams all have been in the field at least once since 1992.

The University of Miami (Florida) is in the field for the 30th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 25th straight appearance, second all time. Other long consecutive streaks include Clemson (16); LSU (14); California State University, Fullerton (11) and Southern California (10).

Each of the 16 regionals feature four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be determined and will be announced on Monday, June 3, at 2 p.m. Central time. The best two-of-three super regionals will be played from Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9. The 56th College World Series begins play Friday, June 14, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Notes

* 40 of the 64 teams were in the 2001 field. Five teams make the field for the first time in their history: Central Connecticut State, Elon, Louisville, New Mexico State and San Diego. The other 59 teams all have been in the field at least once since 1992.

* Defending national champion Miami (Fla.) is in the field for the 30th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 25th straight appearance, second all time. Other long consecutive streaks include Clemson (16), LSU (14), Cal State Fullerton (11) and Southern California (10).

* There are 283 Division I teams sponsoring baseball in 2002, the most in history.

FIELD BY CONFERENCE

Southeastern 7 Horizon 1Atlantic Coast 5 Ivy 1Big 12 5 Metro Atlantic 1Conference USA 5 Mid-American 1Pacific-10 4 Mid-Continent 1Sun Belt 4 Mid-Eastern 1Atlantic Sun 3 Mountain West 1Big West 3 Northeast 1Atlantic-10 2 Ohio Valley 1Big South 2 Patriot 1Colonial 2 Southern 1Missouri Valley 2 Southland 1Western Athletic 2 Southwestern 1America East 1 West Coast 1Big East 1 Independents 1Big Ten 1

FIELD BY STATE

Florida 9 Connecticut 1California 7 District of Columbia 1Texas 6 Indiana 1Louisiana 4 Kansas 1North Carolina 4 Kentucky 1Alabama 3 Maine 1Georgia 3 Maryland 1South Carolina 3 Massachusetts 1Virginia 3 Nebraska 1Missouri 2 New Mexico 1Ohio 2 New York 1Oklahoma 2 Utah 1Arizona 1 Washington 1Arkansas 1 Wisconsin 1

Automatic Qualifiers

Previous App. LastConference Team Record Yrs. Won Lost App.

America East Maine 40-15 12 35 26 1993Atlantic Coast Florida St. 56-12 40 131 86 2001Atlantic Sun UCF 40-20 7 9 14 2001Atlantic Ten George Washington 42-21 6 1 12 1992Big East Notre Dame 44-15 16 29 33 2001Big South Coastal Caro. 43-17 2 2 4 2001Big Ten Ohio St. 36-18-1 14 31 28 2001Big 12 Texas 48-14 45 166 88 2001Big West Cal St. Northridge 40-15 5 10 10 1996Colonial Va. Commonwealth 38-25 5 10 10 2001Conference USA East Caro. 41-18-1 17 15 34 2001Horizon Wis.-Milwaukee 36-18 2 1 4 2001Ivy Harvard 20-24 12 23 24 1999Metro Atlantic Marist 40-12 3 2 6 2001Mid-American Kent St. 37-20 5 5 10 2001Mid-Continent Oral Roberts 46-17 13 16 26 2001Mid-Eastern Bethune-Cookman 38-20 3 0 6 2001Missouri Valley Wichita St. 46-15 19 57 38 2000Mountain West Brigham Young 29-29-1 14 14 28 2001Northeast Central Conn. St. 34-21 FIRST APPEARANCEOhio Valley Southeast Mo. St. 36-18 1 0 2 1998Pacific-10 Southern California 34-22 34 164 62 2001Patriot Navy 22-23 6 2 11 1999Southeastern Alabama 48-13 11 41 22 2000Southern Ga. Southern 38-23 10 16 22 2001Southland Lamar 35-22 9 9 18 1995Southwestern Southern U. 45-8 4 2 8 2001Sun Belt New Mexico St. 37-23 FIRST APPEARANCEWest Coast San Diego 38-21 FIRST APPEARANCEWestern Rice 47-11 7 25 17 2001

At-Large Selections Previous App. LastTeam Conference Record Yrs. Won Lost App.

Arizona St. Pacific-10 35-19 25 113 49 2001Arkansas Southeastern 31-26 14 27 29 1999Auburn Southeastern 34-24 14 35 31 2001Baylor Big 12 34-24 9 17 19 2001Cal St. Fullerton Big West 36-20 23 87 48 2001Clemson Atlantic Coast 47-14 27 70 56 2001Elon Big South 34-21 FIRST APPEARANCEFlorida Southeastern 43-17 19 47 40 2001Fla. Atlantic Atlantic Sun 43-18 2 3 4 2000Florida Int'l Sun Belt 41-18 7 8 15 2001Georgia Southeastern 30-27 4 18 11 2001Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 46-14 18 37 36 2001Houston Conference USA 44-15 13 20 27 2001James Madison Colonial 43-14 5 6 10 1995Long Beach St. Big West 37-19 12 34 26 2001La.-Lafayette Sun Belt 37-21 8 14 17 2000LSU Southeastern 40-19 17 90 31 2001Louisville Conference USA 39-16 FIRST APPEARANCEMiami (Fla.) Independent 30-26 30 137 62 2001Nebraska Big 12 42-18 5 9 10 2001North Carolina Atlantic Coast 40-19 16 35 35 2000Oklahoma Big 12 35-25 25 53 47 2000Richmond Atlantic 10 49-10 6 6 12 1999San Jose St. Western 45-15 3 8 8 2000South Alabama Sun Belt 41-17 20 30 40 2001South Carolina Southeastern 48-14 17 54 36 2001South Fla. Conference USA 33-27 9 7 18 2001Southwest Mo. St. Missouri Valley 41-19 5 6 10 1999Stanford Pacific-10 40-16 22 96 49 2001Stetson Atlantic Sun 42-17 10 13 20 2001Texas Tech Big 12 41-18 7 12 14 2001Tulane Conference USA 35-25 13 20 27 2001Wake Forest Atlantic Coast 44-11-1 9 30 19 2001Washington Pacific-10 30-25-1 5 12 10 1998

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