Regionals Preview Part II

Charlottesville Regional (Davenport Field)

Hultzen
UVa

No. 1 Virginia (49-9)
Atlantic Coast Conference AQ (11th appearance, last 2010)
Virginia has a No. 1 national seed for the first time in program history after winning both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Cavaliers will serve as a regional host for the fifth time, and second consecutive year after posting a Division I-high 49 victories. Virginia is making its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and has ACC Pitcher of the Year Danny Hultzen who leads the squad with a 10-3 record and 1.59 ERA. The junior also paces the league with 12.71 strikeouts per nine innings.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.303 1987 414 603 136 13 20 381 .415 201 293 .388 79-109 2.34 19 .212 .980

 

Maness
ECU

No. 2 East Carolina (39-19)
Conference USA At-Large (25th appearance, last 2009)
After placing third in the regular season race, and winning two of three games in the C-USA Tournament, the Pirates have been invited back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. It is ECU’s 11th appearance in the last 13 years. ECU boasts the top ERA in the league (2.58), led by reliever Brad Mincey (1.55 ERA), senior Seth Maness (1.88) and junior Kevin Brandt (2.26), who are 1-2-3 in the individual category.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.299 2014 322 602 100 8 35 298 .409 231 368 .381 48-73 2.58 11 .236 .970

 

Karmas
SJU

No. 3 St. John’s (35-20)
Big East Conference At-Large (33rd appearance, last 2010)
The Red Storm fell short of repeating as Big East Champions, losing to Seton Hall 12-5 in the title game, but they earned an at-large bid to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. Senior first baseman Paul Karmas became the program’s all-time leader in hits with 245 in St. John’s last contest and ranks second on the team in batting (.319) behind shortstop Joe Panik, who tops the league with a .402 average, 59 runs scored and 86 hits.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.285 1905 371 543 108 10 37 327 .410 259 368 .382 71-97 4.04 12 .257 .969

 

Azor
Navy

No. 4 Navy (33-23-1)
Patriot League AQ (8th appearance, last 2002)
The Midshipmen rebounded from a last-place finish in the League last season to win both the regular season and tournament championships and earn their first NCAA appearance since 2002. Junior outfielder Alex Azor paces the conference with 1.35 hits and 0.87 runs per game, while the Navy pitching staff led the League with a 4.94 ERA and set a school record with 414 strikeouts. Sophomore starting pitcher Ben Nelson set a League tournament record with 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitch to earn MVP honors.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.276 1889 357 521 91 23 21 300 .382 228 340 .372 58-74 4.94 14 .280 .963

 

Los Angeles Regional (Jackie Robinson Stadium)

Bauer
UCLA

No. 1 UCLA (33-22)
Pac-10 Conference AQ (17th appearance, last 2010)
The Bruins capped off the regular season by winning two of three from Arizona State to claim their first outright Pac-10 title since 1986. UCLA has earned a NCAA regional bid for the fifth time in the last six years thanks to leading the Pac-10 with a staff ERA of 2.30. The Bruins are paced by junior right-hander Trevor Bauer (12-2), who leads the league with a 1.27 ERA and 189 strikeouts. 

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.264 1806 251 476 101 14 16 228 .362 194 428 .355 60-87 2.45 8 .205 .975

 

Robinson
FSU

No. 2 Fresno State (40-14)
Western Athletic Conference AQ (32nd appearance, last 2009)
The Bulldogs shared the regular season WAC title with Hawaii, but cruised through the league tournament for the conference title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years, including their national title run in 2008. Junior Dusty Robinson, the WAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, sparks the Bulldogs offensively with a .318 batting average, 20 doubles, 15 home runs and 54 RBI.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.299 1812 357 542 111 15 50 330 .459 226 384 --- 58-82 2.84 17 .255 .974

 

Summers
UCI

No. 3 UC Irvine (39-16)
Big West Conference At-Large (7th appearance, last 2010)
The Anteaters will make back-to-back appearances in the Lost Angeles Regional after earning their sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. UC Irvine leads the Big West with a team batting average of .299, while senior infielder Drew Hillman paces the league with 47 RBI. Junior ace Matt Summers is coming off pitching the program’s fourth no-hitter – a 2-0 win against Long Beach State -- which lowered his ERA to a conference-leading 1.74.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.299 1838 331 549 92 17 11 299 .385 209 294 .385 45-76 2.95 16 .238 .980

 

Mahood
USF

No. 4 San Francisco (31-23)
West Coast Conference AQ (2nd appearance, last 2006)
The Dons claimed the winner-take-all regular season finale against Gonzaga, earning just their second NCAA Tournament berth in school history. USF boasts a solid defensive club that has posted a .984 field percentage this season. Sophomore Jason Mahood enters the tournament on high note after batting .600 with four RBI and four runs scored in the Gonzaga series. The Dons have played both UCLA and Fresno State this season, winning the final game against the Bulldogs.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.277 1853 260 514 111 12 31 235 .400 180 387 .350 39-64 3.84 14 .261 .984

 

Fort Worth Regional (Lupton Stadium)

Winkler
TCU

No. 1 TCU (42-17)
Mountain West Conference At-Large (10th appearance, last 2010)
The Horned Frogs will be looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to New Mexico in the MWC Championship game as they make their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals, and 10th overall. TCU is one of just 13 teams to appear in each of the last eight regionals, and one of six programs to host each of the last three seasons. The Horned Frogs lead the MWC in both batting (.308) and ERA (3.16), while junior right-hander Kyle Winkler (8-2, 1.40 ERA) has struck out 98 batters in 90 innings pitched.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.308 2055 400 632 138 24 49 361 .470 207 385 .388 75-106 3.16 15 .240 .965

 

Seitzer
OU

No. 2 Oklahoma (41-17)
Big 12 Conference At-Large (33rd appearance, last 2010)
The Sooners will appear in their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament after earning an at-large bid on the merits of a third-place finish in the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma is one of the nation’s top hitting clubs, and paces the league with a .316 batting average, while the Sooners are solid on the mound with a 2.99 ERA. The Sooners have won 11 of their last 15 games as they begin their quest for a repeat trip to Omaha.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.316 1954 413 618 101 22 41 354 .453 221 396 .407 78-120 2.99 12 .247 .975

 

Krizan
DBU

No. 3 Dallas Baptist (39-17)
Independent At-Large (2nd appearance, last 2008)
As the lone independent in the field, the Patriots proved their case to the NCAA Selection Committee by posting victories against the likes of Rice, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Charlotte. Senior outfielder Jason Krizan leads the team with a .431 batting average, 10 homers, and 76 RBI, and recently set a new NCAA single-season doubles record (37). The Patriots went 0-2 in their only NCAA Regional in 2008.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.316 1915 488 605 129 17 60 446 .495 295 311 .421 58-72 4.68 13 .274 .973

 

Bowen
ORU

No. 4 Oral Roberts (36-20)
Summit League AQ (23rd appearance, last 2010)
The Golden Eagles are back in the postseason for the 14th consecutive season after extending their streak of Summit League titles to 14, which ranks as the second-longest stretch in college baseball history. ORU’s NCAA Regional streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. The Golden Eagles led the Summit League in both pitching (3.38 ERA) and defense (.968) with starting hurlers Drew Bowen (5-2, 1.96 ERA) and Alex Gonzalez (8-5, 2.61 ERA) leading the way.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.289 1868 339 540 113 5 41 306 .421 244 327 .382 50-60 3.38 14 .245 .968

 

Houston Regional (Reckling Park)

Rendon
Rice

No. 1 Rice (41-19)
Conference USA AQ (17th appearance, last 2010)
The Owls have been awarded a national seed (No. 8) for the fourth time in the last six years after winning both the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. Rice is making its 17th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Junior Anthony Rendon leads the Owls with a .327 batting average, 20 doubles and a C-USA-leading 57 runs scored, while senior left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani paces the team with a 1.76 ERA and 12 saves.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.285 2009 351 572 98 10 22 320 .376 288 348 .385 41-62 3.21 19 .260 .964

 

Pinckard
BU

No. 2 Baylor (29-26)
Big 12 Conference At-Large (17th appearance, last 2010)
The Bears are back in the tournament for the third consecutive season after placing fifth in the Big 12 standings this year. Baylor has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 12 times in the last 14 years. The Bears are led by utility player Brooks Pinckard, who is the starting centerfielder and recently moved into the weekend pitching rotation. The two-time All-Big 12 selection leads the league with 32 stolen bases, and has compiled a 5-2 record and 3.81 ERA on the season.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.268 1872 281 502 90 23 34 255 .395 234 399 .356 74-95 3.91 11 .266 .970

 

Johnson
Cal

No. 3 California (31-20)
Pac-10 Conference At-Large (12th appearance, last 2010)
The Golden Bears were awarded an at-large berth for the third time in the last four years following a roller coaster season that saw the program face elimination and then reinstatement. It is the first time Cal has advanced to the postseason three times in a four-year span. The Bears boast the second-best ERA in the Pac-10 at 2.83, and the top fielding percentage in the league (.977).  Right-handers Erik Johnson (6-3, 2.08 ERA) and Kevin Miller (6-4, 2.27 ERA) own two of top five ERAs in a league overflowing with pitching talent.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.284 1784 274 507 104 12 25 250 .398 154 297 .354 43-65 2.83 8 .243 .977
 
Perdomo
ASU

No. 4 Alcorn State (26-27)
Southwestern Athletic Conference AQ (1st appearance)
The Braves have been playing Division I baseball since 1978, but it is the first time the program has advanced to the NCAA Tournament. ASU won the SWAC Eastern Division regular season title, and defeated the league’s Western Division winner Southern in the finale of the conference tournament. Designated-hitter Kilby Perdomo leads the Braves offensively with a .356 batting average, 10 homers and 49 RBI.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.276 1800 350 496 96 11 27 313 .386 246 399 .379 133-168 6.12 7 .299 .948

 

Tallahassee Regional (Dick Howser Stadium)

Gilmartin
FSU

No. 1 Florida State (42-17)
Atlantic Coast Conference At-Large (49th appearance, last 2010)
The No. 5 nationally-seeded Seminoles extended their streak of NCAA Regional appearances to 34 -- the second-longest in the nation behind Miami’s 39 consecutive trips -- after winning the ACC Atlantic Division title and posting a runner-up finish in the league tournament. FSU is scoring 7.12 runs per game, and is one of the top home run-hitting squads in the nation with 54. Junior left-hander Sean Gilmartin paces the ACC with a 1.52 ERA along with a stellar 11-1 record. FSU is 21-14 this year’s NCAA Tournament field.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.289 2030 421 586 133 9 54 380 .443 346 451 .406 72-92 3.58 21 .243 .972

 

Hicks
UCF

No. 2 UCF (38-21)
Conference USA At-Large (10th appearance, last 2004)
The Knights used a fourth-place finish in the C-USA and a 5-4 record against three national seeds (Florida, FSU and Rice) to land a No. 2 seed as an at-large selection. UCF has collected the program’s most wins since 2005, and boasts the second-best batting average (.305) among C-USA teams. The Knights are also on pace to set a school record in season fielding percentage (.979). D.J. Hicks leads the Knights with a .343 batting average, and league-best 62 RBI.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.305 2045 404 624 133 9 55 365 .460 221 359 .381 64-87 4.19 17 .274 .979

 

Kilcrease
UA

No. 3 Alabama (33-26)
Southeastern Conference At-Large (19th appearance, last 2010)
The Crimson Tide claimed its fourth consecutive NCAA regional berth, and 14th in the last 17 years, after tying for second place in the SEC Western Division standings. Alabama ranks fifth in the SEC with a 3.74 ERA with senior Nathan Kilcrease (7-4, 3.18 ERA) anchoring the staff. Second-team All-SEC centerfielder Taylor Dugas paces the Tide with a .345 batting average, 57 runs scored and six home runs.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.273 1940 295 529 109 12 20 259 .372 216 339 .361 46-64 3.74 14 .261 .973

 

O'Brien
B-CU

No. 4 Bethune-Cookman (35-22)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference AQ (12th appearance, last 2010)
After blowing through league play with an 18-0 record, the Wildcats won their sixth consecutive tournament title by outscoring foes 35-8. B-CU has won an NCAA-record 46 conference games in a row. The Wildcats’ only victory in NCAA Tournament action was a 7-4 victory against Florida International in the 2002 Gainesville Regional. Senior catcher Peter O’Brien, the MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, is batting .310 with a team-leading 13 home runs and 65 RBI.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.290 1932 389 561 120 20 53 359 .455 232 406 .378 54-82 4.26 18 .273 .965

 

College Station Regional (Olsen Field)

Naquin
TAMU

No. 1 Texas A&M (42-18)
Big 12 Conference At-Large (27th appearance, last 2010)
After claiming a walk-off victory against Missouri to take home their second consecutive Big 12 title, the Aggies will make a school-record fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Texas A&M has won 11 of its last 13 games, and will host an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2008. The Aggies rank second in the Big 12 with a 2.68 ERA, but lost ace John Stilson to a season-ending torn labrum. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Naquin garnered Big 12 Player of the Year honors after leading the league with a .379 batting average and 58 runs score.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.291 2025 348 590 91 27 24 306 .399 187 406 .363 96-130 2.68 16 .241 .976

 

Heyer
UA

No. 2 Arizona (39-19)
Pac-10 Conference At-Large (32nd appearance, last 2010)
The Wildcats finished the regular season in strong fashion, winning 12 of their last 15 games to finish fourth in the Pac-10 standings to earn their second consecutive NCAA Regional berth. Arizona has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 with a .322 batting average and pace the league in practically every offensive category. Sophomore right-hander Kurt Heyer is the Wildcats’ top pitcher with an 8-3 record and 2.32 ERA.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.322 1908 384 615 110 26 28 347 .451 152 281 .387 80-108 3.73 10 .257 .977

 

DiRocco
SHU

No. 3 Seton Hall (33-23)
Big East Conference AQ (16th appearance, last 2001)
After being picked 11th in the Big East preseason poll, the Pirates earned a No. 5 seed in the league tournament and defeated No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 St. John’s en route to their first tournament title since 2001. SHU is riding an eight-game winning streak entering NCAA Regionals, and has won 13 of its last 15 contests. Senior pitcher Joe DiRocco leads the Pirates’ pitching staff with an 8-1 record and 1.68 ERA.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.249 1917 253 477 71 13 13 229 .320 185 302 .332 56-77 2.61 14 .236 .970

 

Hibberd
WSU

No. 4 Wright State (36-17)
Horizon League AQ (4th appearance, last 2009)
The Raiders won the league tournament title to advance to NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in program history, and third time in the last six years. WSU has won five of its last six games, and is batting a stellar .329 entering the postseason. Jake Hibberd leads the conference with a .412 batting average along with nine home runs and 56 RBI.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.329 1859 372 611 114 20 34 329 .466 201 286 .409 54-75 4.24 12 .282 .965

 

Clemson Regional (Kingsmore Stadium)

Miller
CU

No. 1 Clemson (41-18)
Atlantic Coast Conference At-Large (36th appearance, last 2010)
The Tigers are on a tear entering NCAA Regionals, winning 27 of their last 33 contests after starting the season 14-12. Clemson is hosting a regional for the 13th time in school history. ACC Player of the Year Brad Miller sparks the Tigers offensively. The shortstop leads the ACC with a .419 batting average, and has contributed five homers, 46 RBI and 21 stolen bases. The pitching staff sports a 3.12 ERA – the best by a Clemson team since 1996.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.319 2018 419 643 120 16 43 373 .458 280 355 .405 101-133 3.12 16 .231 .970

 

Barnes
UConn

No. 2 Connecticut (41-17-1)
Big East Conference At-Large (17th appearance, last 2010)
The Huskies claimed the Big East regular season title by 3.5 games, and despite losing to Seton Hall in the tournament, their résumé earned the squad a No. 2 seed. UConn is making back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances for the first time since 1993-94. Outfielder George Springer leads the Huskies with a .361 batting average, 12 homers and 74 RBI, while pitcher Matt Barnes has compiled a stellar 11-3 record and 1.12 ERA.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.306 2072 374 633 119 15 32 344 .424 217 311 .382 122-160 2.85 16 .223 .961

 

La Stella
CCU

No. 3 Coastal Carolina (41-18)
Big South Conference AQ (10th appearance, last 2010)
The Chanticleers cruised through the Big South Tournament to earn their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional berth and 10th in the last 11 years. Coastal has won eight of its last nine games and 16 of its last 19 contests. Tommy La Stella tops the team with a .391 average and 63 RBI, along with 11 home runs. The pitching staff boasts a 2.85 ERA, highlighted by Anthony Meo (9-3, 2.21 ERA) and Matt Rein (9-2, 1.78 ERA) in the starting rotation.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.277 1994 386 553 119 18 47 344 .426 229 393 .371 99-114 2.85 9 .228 .972

 

Leiningen
SHU

No. 4 Sacred Heart (34-21)
Northeast Conference AQ (2nd appearance, last 2006)
The Pioneers strung together 11 consecutive wins against league opponents with three victories in the NEC Tournament, including two over top-seeded Monmouth. Sacred Heart outscored foes 25-4 in three tournament games. The Pioneers, who set a school record for wins, led the conference with a .311 batting average, while freshman left-hander Nick Leiningen garnered NEC Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 7-3 mark with a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.311 1839 319 572 86 15 14 283 .397 165 268 .371 64-88 4.35 9 .268 .968

 

Columbia Regional (Carolina Stadium)

Roth
USC

No. 1 South Carolina (45-14)
Southeastern Conference At-Large (27th appearance, last 2010)
One of three SEC Eastern Division teams that shared the league’s regular season title, the defending national champions will be making their 12th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. The Gamecocks are the No. 4 national seed, and will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the 13th time in program history. South Carolina ranks second in the SEC with a 2.66 ERA, and individually, starter Michael Roth (11-3) paces the league with a 1.17 ERA.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.295 1973 363 582 112 16 41 333 .430 252 325 .388 35-52 2.66 18 .230 .974

 

Rickles
SU

No. 2 Stetson (41-18)
Atlantic Sun Conference At-Large (16th appearance, last 2007)
The Hatters earned an at-large bid after winning the A-Sun regular season title and posting a 40-win season for the ninth time in history. Stetson is looking to rebound after losing four of its last five games. Nick Rickles paces the Hatters with a .359 batting average, 12 home runs and 60 RBI. The Hatters rank second in the A-Sun with a 3.77 ERA.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.297 2056 375 610 107 16 29 335 .407 240 327 .379 84-103 3.77 14 .275 .964

 

Maynard
NCSU

No. 3 NC State (34-25)
Atlantic Coast Conference At-Large (24th appearance, last 2010)
The Wolfpack is making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, and eighth appearance in the last nine years. NC State won six of its last eight games entering regionals. Pratt Maynard provides an offensive spark with a .331 batting average, 21 doubles, 45 runs scored and 40 RBI. Cory Mazzoni paces the pitching staff with a 5-6 record and 3.38 ERA, and 125 strikeouts in 106.1 innings pitched.

AVG

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.280 2014 354 564 123 13 33 319 .403 257 427 .375 29-43 4.14 10 .254 .976

 

Roache
GSU

No. 4 Georgia Southern (36-24)
Southern Conference AQ (13th appearance, last 2009)
The Eagles won their league title after entering the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. Chris Beck won two games in the league tournament, and collected 22 strikeouts to set a SoCon Tournament record. Victor Roache leads the nation with 30 home runs, and tops the SoCon with a .789 slugging percentage and 83 RBI.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB SO OBP SB-ATT ERA SV OPPBA FLD
.294 2098 422 617 117 17 54 372 .443 263 376 .385 92-115 4.52 14 .268 .960