College World Series: 16 regional hosts selected for 2018 NCAA baseball tournament
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the 16 regional sites for the 72nd annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records are as follows:
- Athens, Georgia – Georgia (37-19)
- Austin, Texas – Texas (37-20)
- Chapel Hill, North Carolina – North Carolina (38-18)
- Clemson, South Carolina – Clemson (45-14)
- Corvallis, Oregon – Oregon St. (44-10-1)
- Conway, South Carolina – Coastal Carolina (42-17)
- DeLand, Florida – Stetson (45-11)
- Fayetteville, Arkansas – Arkansas (39-18)
- Gainesville, Florida – Florida (42-17)
- Greenville, North Carolina – East Carolina (43-16)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota – Minnesota (41-13)
- Lubbock, Texas – Texas Tech (39-17)
- Oxford, Mississippi – Ole Miss (46-15)
- Raleigh, North Carolina – NC State (40-16)
- Stanford, California – Stanford (44-10)
- Tallahassee, Florida – Florida St. (43-17)
By being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team championship field.
Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 1 to Monday, June 4 (if necessary).
Florida State leads all institutions in the field as the Seminoles are hosting for the 35th time, while Stetson is hosting for the first time. Texas is second in the field, hosting for the 27th time, but the first since 2011. Stanford is hosting for the 17th time, while Clemson is hosting for the 16th and Florida for the 15th time, respectively, since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975.
North Carolina is hosting for the 10th time, while Ole Miss is hosting for the eighth time. Hosting for the seventh time includes Arkansas and Oregon State, with NC State and Texas Tech hosting for the sixth time. Hosting for the fifth time, and the first time since 2008, is Georgia. Rounding out the 2018 hosts and hosting for the fourth time are Coastal Carolina and East Carolina, while Minnesota, hosting for the first time since 2000, is hosting for the third time overall.
Eight institutions, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Stanford and Texas Tech, all hosted in 2017.
The remaining at-large teams, top 16 national seeds, first-round regional pairings and site assignments will be announced at noon ET, Monday, May 28. The one-hour program will be shown live on ESPNU. The committee will set the entire 64-team bracket through both the super regionals and the first round of the Men’s College World Series and will not reseed the field after play begins.
Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Tuesday, June 5 at approximately 8 a.m. ET.
There are 31 Division I conferences which will receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 33 at-large selections. The 72nd Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 16, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
Other regional site selection information
|Conference||Number of Schools|
|Atlantic Coast||4 (Clemson, Florida State, NC State and North Carolina)|
|Southeastern||4 (Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss)|
|Big 12||2 (Texas and Texas Tech)|
|Pac-12||2 (Oregon State and Stanford)|
|American Athletic||1 (East Carolina)|
|Atlantic Sun||1 (Stetson)|
|Big Ten||1 (Minnesota)|
|Sun Belt||1 (Coastal Carolina)|