They’re name didn’t appear on the ESPNU screen until the next to last bracket was announced but the Clemson Tigers are indeed headed to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Clemson was one of the bubble teams but apparently the Tigers’ strong regular season finish, combined with a win over national seed Louisville in the ACC Tournament, was enough to make them one of the last four teams selected for the tournament.
The Tigers are headed to the West Coast. They will be the #3 seed in the Cal State Fullerton regional and will face Arizona State Friday night at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. Fullerton will take on Pepperdine. The winner of the regional will face the winner from the Louisville regional.
This will be Clemson’s seventh straight tournament appearance. The Tigers have lost their last three games on the national stage.
The College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina both were awarded with #2 seeds. The Cougars are headed to Tallahassee and will take on Auburn in the opening round. Florida State and Mercer meet in the other game. The winner of this bracket will take on the winner of the Gainesville bracket.
This will be Charleston’s seventh appearance in the tournament. The Cougars have reached two super regionals including last season.
The Chanticleers are going to College Station, TX and will meet California on Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Texas A&M faces Texas Southern in the other first round game. The winner of this bracket will face the winner out of the Fort Worth, TX bracket.
After missing the tournament last season, the Chants will be making their 14th appearance with this year’s event. They have twice reached a super regional, most recently in 2010.
The national top eight seeds are 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). The top eight seed for Missouri State marks a first for a Missouri Valley Conference institution.