Six teams reach the NCAA Regionals
SAN FRANCISCO— The Pac-12 Conference featured six teams in the upcoming NCAA Baseball regional, led by top-8 national No. 1 seed, UCLA. USC, Oregon State and Arizona State were regional-second seeds and California and Oregon were regional-three seeds. The Pac-12 has featured five teams in the national top-25 since mid-March and has won 28 College World Series all-time.
Regional play will begin May 29 in the double elimination, first round of four-team regionals. The Super Regionals, a best-of-three format, will begin on June 5. The College World Series will begin on June 13 in Omaha.
The Bruins will host second-seeded Ole Miss (30-26), third-seeded Maryland (39-21) and fourth-seeded CSU Bakersfield (36-22-1). Their bracket is matched against UC Santa Barbara's Regional, located 160 miles from campus in Lake Elsinore, featuring second-seeded USC (37-19), third-seeded Virginia (34-22) and fourth-seeded San Diego State (40-21). UCLA is hosting a Regional for the fifth time over the last six years.
Also, a second-seed in a regional was Oregon State (38-16-1), which will head to Dallas Baptist (43-13) and take on third-seeded Texas (30-25). DPU will face fourth-seeded VCU (37-22). That regional is slated with Top-8 No. 5 seed, Miami (Fla.) in a Super Regional.
Second-seeded Arizona State (34-21) will head to CS Fullerton's Regional (34-23), to take on third-seed Clemson (32-27). Pepperdine (30-27), which won the WCC Tournament, is the fourth seed. It is matched up with the Louisville Regional.
Third-seeded California (34-19) will play second-seeded Coastal Carolina (38-19) at Texas A&M (45-11). Texas Southern (31-17) is the fourth seed. That regional is slated against Top-8 No. 7 TCU's Regional.
The Pac-12's final team is third-seed Oregon, considered one of the "last four in" by ESPNU, which will play second-seeded Iowa (39-16). The Ducks will head to Missouri State (45-10) along with fourth-seeded Canisius (34-28). The Ducks finished the year having won five-straight series, including a series win over UCLA this past weekend. It is matched up with the Oklahoma State Regional.
NATIONAL SEEDS: UCLA (42-14), LSU (48-10), Louisville (43-16), Florida (44-16), Miami (Florida) (44-14), Illinois (47-8-1), TCU (43-11) and Missouri State (45-10).
OVERALL: Arizona State (65-40 overall post-season record) is making its 38th appearance,USC (97-42) its 37th appearance, UCLA (51-30) is in its 20th NCAA Regional, Oregon State (35-23) is in its 16th Regional, California (28-16) is appearing for the 13th time, and Oregon (14-10) is making its seventh appearance.
CHAMPIONS: The Pac-12 has won 28 College World Series and been an NCAA runner-up another 15 times. Ninety-five current Pac-12 teams have appeared in Omaha.
SINCE 1999: Since 1999, and the Regional field was expanded, the Pac-12 has appeared in eight CWS Championship series, winning four times. UCLA (2013) and Arizona (2012) are the most recent champions. Since 1999 the Pac-12 has had 20 national-8 seeds, including UCLA this season. The Pac-12 has played in 37 Super Regionals since 1999, reaching the CWS 21 times.
REGIONALS FOR THE PAC-12 (and first round matchups. Updated schedule courtesy of Baseball America, all times Pacific)
May 29-June 1
Los Angeles Regional, hosted by UCLA
No. 1 *UCLA (42-14) vs. No. 4 Bakersfield (36-22-1), 8 p.m., ESPNU/WatchESPN
No. 2 Ole Miss (30-26) vs. No. 3 Maryland (39-21), 4 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
vs. USCB Regional winner
Lake Elsinore, Calif., hosted by UC Santa Barbara
No. 1 *UC Santa Barbara (40-15-1) vs. No. 4 San Diego St. (40-21), 7 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
No. 2 Southern California (37-19) vs. No. 3 Virginia (34-22), 3 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
vs. UCLA Regional winner
Springfield Regional, hosted by Missouri State
No. 1 *Missouri State (45-10) vs. No. 4 Canisius (34-28), 3 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
No. 2 Iowa (39-16) vs. No. 3 Oregon (37-23), 10 a.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
vs. on Oklahoma State Regional winner
Dallas Regional hosted, by Dallas Baptist
No. 1 *Dallas Baptist (43-13) vs. No. 4 VCU (37-22), 4 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
No. 2 Oregon St. (38-16-1) vs. No. 3 Texas (30-25), 11:30 a.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
vs Miami (Fla.) Regional winner
College Station Regional, hosted by Texas A&M
No. 1 *Texas A&M (45-11) vs. No. 4 Texas Southern (31-17), 3 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
No. 2 Coastal Caro. (38-19) vs. No. 3 California (34-19), 10 a.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN3
vs. Houston Regional winner
Fullerton Regional, hosted by Cal. St. Fullerton
No. 1 *Cal St. Fullerton (34-22) vs. No. 4 Pepperdine (30-27), 7 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
No. 2 Arizona St. (34-21) vs. No. 3 Clemson (32-27), 3 p.m., ESPN3/WatchESPN
vs. Louisville Regional winner