It’s become a right of late May and early June in South Carolina. Dating back to 2004, either USC, Clemson or Coastal Carolina has played host to a NCAA Baseball regional every spring. Until this year.
The NCAA Baseball Tournament selection committee Sunday night announced the 16 host sites for this year’s tournament. It was hoped, if not expected, that either the College of Charleston or Coastal Carolina would be awarded a regional. Not only were they not awarded a site, no team in the Carolinas was given one.
The 64 team tournament field will be announced Monday starting at Noon. Charleston and Coastal are definitely in the field.
Clemson is definitely on the bubble and the Tigers’ chances were diminished some due to the results of conference tournaments across the country. Only eight #1 seeds won tournament championships. Now, some of those are from one-bid leagues and won’t affect the 33 available at large bids. But those upsets that occurred in multi-bid leagues, like the Big Ten and the Big 12, hurt bubble teams like Clemson, especially in the case of a team like Texas that would not have made the NCAA Tournament without winning its conference tournament.
Here’s the list of 16 regional hosts:
• Baton Rouge, Louisiana – LSU (48-10)
• Champaign, Illinois – Illinois (47-8-1)
• College Station, Texas – Texas A&M (45-11)
• Coral Gables, Florida – Miami (Fla.) (44-14)
• Dallas, Texas – Dallas Baptist (43-13)
• Fort Worth, Texas – TCU (43-11)
• Fullerton, California – Cal State Fullerton (34-22)
• Gainesville, Florida – Florida (*43-16)
• Houston, Texas – Houston (42-18)
• Lake Elsinore, California – UC Santa Barbara (40-15-1)
• Los Angeles, California – UCLA (42-14)
• Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville (43-16)
• Nashville, Tennessee – Vanderbilt (*42-18)
• Springfield, Missouri – Missouri State (45-10)
• Stillwater, Oklahoma – Oklahoma State (37-18)
• Tallahassee, Florida – Florida State (41-19)
(*record through Saturday, May 23, 2015)