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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket, schedule, teams, seeds (May 30, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Baseball tournament will begin on Friday, June 1. Below you can find a full schedule, list of key dates as well as a projected field.

Florida is the defending champion, as the Gators beat LSU in the championship series a season ago. A total of 10 SEC teams made the field, the most by any conference.

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2018 NCAA Tournament: Teams, schedule for Regioals

Gainesville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Florida vs.  Columbia  | Friday, June 1  | 1 p.m.  | WatchESPN
Game 2: Jacksonville vs. Florida Atlantic | Friday, June 1  |6:30 p.m.  | WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |1:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Palo Alto Regional

Game 1: No. 2 Stanford vs. Wright State | Friday, June 1  | 10 p.m.  | ESPN2
Game 2: Cal State Fullerton vs. Baylor | Friday, June 1  | 5 p.m.  |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |6:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |11:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |4:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |10:00 p.m.

Corvallis Regional

Game 1: No. 3 Oregon State vs. Northwestern State  | Friday, June 1  | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 2: San Diego State vs. LSU |  Friday, June 1 | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |4:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |10:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |9:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |10:00 p.m.

Oxford Reginoal

Game 1: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. St. Louis  | Friday June, 1  | 7:30 p.m.  | SEC Network
Game 2: Missouri State vs. Tennessee Tech| Friday, June 1  | 3 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |2:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Fayetteville Regional

Game 1: No. 5 Arkansas vs. Oral Roberts  | Friday, June 1  | 3 p.m.  |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Dallas Baptist vs. Southern Miss | Friday, June 1  | 8 p.m.  |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |3:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |8:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Regional

Game 1: No. 6 North Carolina vs. North Carolina A&T  | Friday, June 1  | 7 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Houston vs. Purdue | Friday, June 1  | 2 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |6:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |1:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:00 p.m.

Tallahassee Regional

Game 1: No. 7 Florida State vs. Samford  | Friday, June 1  | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 2: Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State | Friday, June 1   | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |5:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Athens Regional 

Game 1: No. 8 Georgia vs. Campbell  |  June 1 | 7:30 p.m  |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Troy vs. Duke | June 1   | 2 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:30 p.m.

Lubbock Regional

Game 1: No. 9 Texas Tech  vs. New Mexico State | Friday, June 1   | 2 p.m.  |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Kent State vs. Louisville | June 1   | 7 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |3:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Clemson Regional

Game 1: No. 10 Clemson  vs. Morehead State | Friday, June 1 | 6 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: St. John’s vs. Vanderbilt| Friday, June 1  | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:00 p.m.

DeLand Regional

Game 1: No. 11 Stetson vs. Hartford  | Friday, June 1  | 7 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Oklahoma State vs. South Florida | Friday, June 1 | 1 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |1:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Greenville Regional

Game 1: No. 12 East Carolina vs. UNC-Wilmington  | Friday, June 1  | 7 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Ohio State vs. South Carolina | Friday, June 1   | 2 p.m. | ESPN2
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |5:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:00 p.m.

Austin Regional

Game 1: No. 13 Texas vs. Texas Southern   | Friday, June 1   | 9 p.m. ET | Longhorn Network
Game 2: Texas A&M vs. Indiana| Friday, June 1  | 5 p.m. ET  | ESPN2
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |2:30 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |9:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Regional

Game 1: No. 14 Minnesota vs. Canisius  | Friday, June 1  | 8 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Gonzaga vs. UCLA | Friday, June 1  | 2 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |2:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Conway Regional

Game 1: No. 15 Coastal Carolina vs. LIU Brooklyn  | Friday, June 1  | 6 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Washington vs. UConn | Friday, June 1  | 12 p.m.  |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |5:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Raleigh Regional

Game 1: No. 16 N.C. State vs. Army  | Friday, June 1  | 7 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Northeastern vs. Auburn | Friday, June 1  | 2 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |2:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |2:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Dates

  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018, on ESPNU at Noon ET.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The Super Regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule

  • The SEC Baseball Tournament will take place in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27.
  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018, on ESPNU at Noon ET.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The Super Regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Automatic bids

The projected field will be made up of 64 teams, with automatic bids going to the following conferences.  Bolded means they have officially clinched the automatic bid.

  • America East: Hartford
  • American: East Carolina
  • ACC: Florida State
  • Atlantic Sun: Stetson
  • Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
  • Big 12: Baylor
  • Big East: Saint John’s
  • Big South: Campbell
  • Big Ten: Minnesota
  • Big West: Cal-State Fullerton
  • Colonial: UNC-Wilmington
  • Conference USA: Southern Miss
  • Horizon: Wright State
  • Ivy League: Columbia
  • Metro Atlantic: Canisius
  • Mid-American: Kent State
  • Mid-Eastern: North Carolina A&T
  • Missouri Valley: Missouri State
  • Mountain West: San Diego State
  • Northeast: Long Island
  • Ohio Valley: Morehead State
  • Pac-12: Stanford
  • Patriot: Army
  • Southeastern: Ole Miss
  • Southern: Samford
  • Southland: Northwestern State
  • Southwestern Athletic: Texas Southern
  • Summit: Oral Roberts
  • Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina
  • West Coast: Gonzaga
  • Western Athletic: New Mexico State

 

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Regional hosts, top seeds

Below is the list of teams that will host regionals. Seeds will be announced on Monday. The top 16 seeds are thus regional hosts for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The top 8 seeds would host Super Regionals.

  1. Florida
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon State
  4. Ole Miss
  5. Arkansas
  6. North Carolina
  7. Florida State
  8. Georgia
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Clemson
  11. Stetson
  12. East Carolina
  13. Texas
  14. Minnesota
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. N.C. State

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Past results

2017 College World Series participants: Florida (winner), LSU (runner-up), Florida State, Texas A&M, Louisville, Cal-State Fullerton, TCU, Oregon State

2016 College World Series participants: Coastal Carolina (winner), Arizona (runner-up), Miami, TCU, Texas Tech, UC-Santa Barbra, Florida, Oklahoma State

2015 College World Series participants: Virginia (winner), Vanderbilt (runner-up), Florida, TCU, LSU, Cal-State Fullerton, Miami, Arkansas

2014 College World Series participants: Vanderbilt (winner), Virginia (runner-up), Texas, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Irvine, Louisville

2013 College World Series participants: UCLA (winner), Mississippi State (runner-up), North Carolina, NC State, LSU, Louisville, Indiana, Oregon State

2012 College World Series participants: Arizona (winner), South Carolina (runner-up), Florida, Florida State, Kent State, Stony Brook, UCLA, Arkansas

2011 College World Series participants: South Carolina (winner), Florida (runner-up), Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cal, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M

2010 College World Series participants: South Carolina (winner), UCLA (runner-up), Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, TCU

2009 College World Series participants: LSU (winner), Texas (runner-up), Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Virginia

2008 College World Series participants: Fresno State (winner), Georgia (runner-up), Florida State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Rice, Stanford

 

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The Crock Pot: What recent NCAA rule changes mean for the SEC’s recruiting dominance

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Welcome to The Crock Pot, your one-stop shop for all the SEC news, notes, quotes and mishaps of the past week. Here’s what we’ve been stewing over …

Gather round, ye college football fans, and listen up as we break down the latest batch of rule changes to come rolling down NCAA Mountain.

Early signing day (pending conference commissioner approval)

On the surface, this feels like a win for recruits who know where they’re going to college — assuming they’re committed to a program with stability. The addition of a Dec. 20 National Signing Day, in addition to the one that already exists in early February, allows prospects to officially end their recruitment about six weeks earlier than they could have under the old system.

With just about three weeks between the end of the regular season and the early signing day, things could get chaotic for schools that fire coaches, or lose them to other job opportunities. This could result in more firings taking place in November, as the season winds down, as opposed to the first week of December. But you never really know how often that’ll happen in practice.

The early date would more likely affect coordinators and position coaches who find themselves on the move in December and early January.

High school players still weighing their options can still choose to delay signing a letter of intent until Feb. 1 as they could before. There’s technically nothing forcing prospects, but as we know, coaches can and certainly do put pressure on kids to make their decision when it best suits the school.

One can only assume that a handful of the country’s top prospects who don’t enroll early would choose to sign on Dec. 20. That obviously takes some of the drama out of January and February. Sorry, recruiting fanatics, but the day-long frenzy of signing day will be diluted from here on out.

As many have noted, this sweeping shift in the college football recruiting model will not take effect until the Collegiate Commissioners Association vote in favor of the changes in June. It’d be pretty surprising if that didn’t happen, though.

Early official visits

To compensate for an early signing period, the NCAA now allows juniors to take official visits between April 1 and the last Wednesday in June. The OVs cannot coincide with their participation in a school camp or clinic. Before, players couldn’t officially visit campuses until Sept. 1 of their senior year.

Some around SEC territory, such as Arkansas coach Bret Beliema, weren’t fans of this rule; some folks up north believed the SEC was trying to protect its recruiting turf by fighting the rule, which would ostensibly allow kids to visit places like Michigan and Ohio State when their schedules aren’t consumed by football season.

With an early signing date likely in place, however, adding early official visits makes a ton of sense and should in theory help both coaches and recruits get to know each other sooner.

Close associates

FBS schools cannot hire “people close to a prospective student-athlete” in the two years before or after he expects to enroll.

Ole Miss, for instance, hired Shea Patterson’s older brother Sean as an off-field analyst while Patterson was committed to the Rebels. Under the new rules, that hire would not be allowed.

The rule most affects high school coaches trying to make a jump to the college ranks, especially those who coach at schools that produce a high number of big-time prospects. Guys like Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee fall under this umbrella.

Gus Malzahn, who also got his start coaching high school football, voiced his displeasure with the change last week.

“This rule will in essence be a death sentence to any high school coach wanting to coach college (football),” Malzahn said. “It’s putting an end to it, and it’s not fair.”

So high school coaches will have a much, much tougher time jumping right to the FBS level. But there’s nothing stopping them from following the career arc of Phil Longo, who jumped from high school to D-III, then FCS and finally the SEC.

A 10th on-field coach

This change is the simplest, and maybe the most-needed. Alabama and other SEC schools have begun hoarding analysts and other off-field staffers to help out assistant coaches, whose workloads have grown by leaps and bounds as recruiting becomes a year-round task.

Recruiting should be the focal point for just about every team hiring that 10th assistant, too, because of how time-consuming it tends to be. As for how schools choose to shuffle the on-field coaching duties, you’ll probably see more special teams coordinators or defensive assistants split between cornerbacks/safeties and, in 3-4 schemes, outside/inside linebackers.

So long, satellite camps and two-a-days

The SEC finally wins its battle with Jim Harbaugh over the contentious issue of satellite camps, which quickly became the hot topic of the summer last year. The new rule requires that camps “take place on a school’s campus” or in facilities regularly used by the football program.

In addition, the camps and clinics are now officially limited to 10 days in June and/or July.

So the NCAA rightfully nipped this one in the bud before it got out of control — because you know everything related to football recruiting naturally trends in that direction. Coaching staffs get to keep what little summer downtime they have, too.

As for two-a-day practices:

  • “A single day may include a single, three-hour, on-field practice session and a walk-through”
  • “Three continuous hours of recovery are required between on-field practice and a walk-through”
  • “Activities such as meetings, film review, medical treatment and meals are allowed during recovery time

Old-school football fans and coaches probably don’t like this change. Given the legitimate health and safety concerns, however, it’s not hard to see why the NCAA passed this rule.

Bottom line 

The NCAA’s changes are significant, to be sure. But unless you’re a high school coach or a die-hard follower of the recruiting world, you probably won’t notice much difference outside of the early signing day.

Maybe the new rules make it easier for Southern football recruits to visit the Michigans, Ohio States and West Coast powers of the world. But let’s be real: The players those programs tend to target are elite, and the truly top-notch recruits with the most to gain make time to visit wherever they want regardless.

There is so much talent in SEC recruiting territory that, frankly, it’s surprising more don’t venture outside the region on the simple basis of opportunity. Recruits and coaches are drawn to SEC schools because of the league’s proud reputation. Will spring visits to Ann Arbor really change that? I think not.

The only true change we can expect — between the coaching carousel and the anticipation leading up to the early signing date — is a potentially very chaotic December in the days and weeks before Christmas.

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Look ahead: A big weekend for spring football games

Four SEC teams will hold their annual spring scrimmages on Saturday: Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. Here’s info you need to know for each game.

A-Day (Alabama)

  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Story to watch: Don’t expect to get any meaningful look at how the Crimson Tide offense might function under Brian Daboll. But the players who do and don’t get extended looks during the scrimmage could give us hints as to who’s adapting well to the new system. Running back in particular is now an insanely deep position for Alabama with the additions of Najee Harris and Brian Robinson. Jerry Jeudy seems to have a shot at early playing time, too.

G-Day (Georgia)

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Location: Sanford Stadium; Athens, Ga.
  • Story to watch: Has the offense improved? Year 2 will be a critical one for coordinator Jim Chaney, particularly with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel both returning as seniors. The offensive line and wide receiving corps were sore spots last year, and most folks are expecting Jacob Eason to take noticable steps forward this season. G-Day will provide Georgia fans their first glimpse at the progress, if it’s evident.

National L Club (LSU)

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Location: Tiger Stadium; Baton Rouge, La.
  • Story to watch: Like Alabama, the Tigers entered this spring with a new offensive coordinator. Matt Canada’s Pittsburgh unit finished top 10 nationally in scoring, and fans are hoping he rights a ship that’s been listing for the last few seasons now. Derrius Guice is the unquestioned successor to Leonard Fournette, and Danny Etling seems like the favorite to emerge as the starting quarterback. Can Canada find the right formula at the other positions to help them succeed?

Orange & White (Tennessee)

  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Location: Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Story to watch: Besides the growing list of injured guys who likely won’t play on Saturday, Tennessee has its ongoing two-man QB race between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano. Combine that with a new offensive coordinator and a new quarterbacks coach, and you’ve got an interesting recipe for the Vols in what should be a high-pressure season. Dormady “is believed to have a slight edge” over Guarantano right now, according to our own Mike Griffith, but the spring scrimmage could give us a better sense of how close those two really are in terms of progression and development.

Highlight of the week: Thrice is nice

Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker is having an incredible season — like 16 home runs through 38 games kind of incredible. That type of power is rare at the college level, but here’s Rooker slugging .957 as a junior.

Last week, he hit three ding-dongs in one game, and the reaction from his Bulldogs teammates was fantastic.

Sad tale of the week: Demetris Summers

If you don’t know the name, well, here’s a blurb from the “biggest SEC recruiting busts” article I wrote back in January:

Summers had it all: Parade All-American, 5 stars and a scholarship offer to play for his in-state Gamecocks. And while he led South Carolina in rushing during 2 unremarkable seasons, even attaining SEC All-Freshman honors in 2003, the team dismissed Summers after he failed a second drug test. He wound up in the CFL a few years later but was out of the league by 2010. Summers was charged with intent to distribute crack cocaine, having a gun illegally and driving under the influence in his hometown of Lexington in 2014.

Now 33 years old, Summers was sentenced to 8 years in jail on Friday after he reportedly pleaded guilty to manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine in Lexington County. Yikes. Add this one to the ever-growing pile of cautionary tales involving really good football players.

Headlines from around SEC Country

Final Word: Recruiting road trip

Alabama and Auburn fans, this might be of some interest: My guys Chris Kirschner (Tide recruiting beat) and Benjamin Wolk (Tigers recruiting beat) have embarked on a state-wide trek through the Heart of Dixie. It’s a cool idea, and I know those guys will get some insightful stories out of the trip. Follow them on Twitter @benjaminwolk and @Chris Kirschner.

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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket, scores, schedule for Regionals game on Friday (June 1, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Baseball tournament will begin on Friday, June 1. Below you can find a full schedule, list of key dates as well as a projected field.

Florida is the defending champion, as the Gators beat LSU in the championship series a season ago. A total of 10 SEC teams made the field, the most by any conference.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket for Regionals

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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Scores

Tallahassee Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma 20, Mississippi State  10 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: Samford 7, No. 7 Florida State 6,  | FINAL  | Box score

Clemson Regional

Game 1: Vanderbilt 2, St. John’s 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Clemson 4, Morehead State 3  | FINAL | Box score

Conway Regional

Game 1: Washington 7, UConn 1 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 15 Coastal Carolina 16, LIU Brooklyn 1 | FINAL | Box score|

Gainesville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Florida 13, Columbia 5 | FINAL | Box score | 
Game 2: Florida Atlantic 5, Jacksonville 3 | FINAL  | Box score  |

DeLand Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma State 9, South Florida 2 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 11 Stetson 8, Hartford 3  | FINAL  | Box score |  

Chapel Hill Regional

Game 1: Houston 9, Purdue 1 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 6 North Carolina 11, North Carolina A&T 0 | FINAL | Box score |

Athens Regional 

Game 1: Troy 6, Duke 0 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 8 Georgia vs. Campbell  |  June 2 |Noon  |  WatchESPN

Lubbock Regional

Game 1: No. 9 Texas Tech 9, New Mexico State 2 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2:  Louisville  13,Kent State 6| FINAL | Box score |

Greenville Regional

Game 1: South Carolina 8, Ohio State 3 | FINAL  | Box score |
Game 2: No. 12 East Carolina 16, UNC-Wilmington 7 | FINAL | Box score |

Raleigh Regional

Game 1: Auburn 13, Northeastern 4 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: Army 5 , No. 16 N.C. State 1 | FINAL | Box score

Minneapolis Regional

Game 1: UCLA 6, Gonzaga 5 | FINAL  | Box score |
Game 2: No. 14 Minnesota 10, Canisius 1 |  FINAL  |  Box score

Fayetteville Regional

Game 1: No. 5 Arkansas 10, Oral Roberts 2  | FINAL | Box score
Game 2 Southern Miss 9, Dallas Baptist 0 | FINAL  | Box score

Oxford Reginoal

Game 1: Missouri State vs. Tennessee Tech| Friday, June 1  | 12 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. St. Louis  | Friday June, 1  | 6 p.m.  | SEC Network

Corvallis Regional

Game 1: LSU 6, San Diego State 4 | FINAL | Box score | ESPNU
Game 2: No. 3 Oregon State vs. Northwestern State  | Friday, June 1  | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Austin Regional

Game 1: Texas A&M 10, Indiana 3 | FINAL| Box score
Game 2: No. 13 Texas 10, Texas Southern 0   | FINAL   |Box score

Palo Alto Regional

Game 1: Cal State Fullerton 3, Baylor 2 | TOP 7 | Live updates WatchESPN
Game 2: No. 2 Stanford vs. Wright State | Friday, June 1  | 10 p.m.  | ESPN2

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule for Regioals

Gainesville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Florida 13, Columbia 5 | FINAL | Box score | 
Game 2: Florida Atlantic 5, Jacksonville 3 | FINAL  | Box score  |
Game 3: Columbia  vs. Jacksonville | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Florida  vs. Florida Atlantic | Saturday, June 2  |7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |1:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Palo Alto Regional

Game 1: No. 2 Stanford vs. Wright State | Friday, June 1  | 10 p.m.  | ESPN2
Game 2: Cal State Fullerton vs. Baylor | Friday, June 1  | 5 p.m.  |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |6:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |11:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |4:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |10:00 p.m.

Corvallis Regional

Game 1: LSU 6, San Diego State 4 | FINAL | Box score | ESPNU
Game 2: San Diego State vs. LSU |  Friday, June 1 | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |4:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |10:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |9:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |10:00 p.m.

Oxford Reginoal

Game 1: No. 4 Ole Miss vs. St. Louis  | Friday June, 1  | 7:30 p.m.  | SEC Network
Game 2: Missouri State vs. Tennessee Tech| Friday, June 1  | 3 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |2:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Fayetteville Regional

Game 1: No. 5 Arkansas 10, Oral Roberts 2  | FINAL | Box score
Game 2 Southern Miss 9, Dallas Baptist 0 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Oral Roberts vs. Dallas Baptist | Saturday, June 2  |3:00 p.m.
Game 4: Arkansas vs. Southern Miss | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |8:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill Regional

Game 1: Houston 9, Purdue 1 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 6 North Carolina 11, North Carolina A&T 0 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 3: Purdue vs. North Carolina A&T | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Houston vs. North Carolina | Saturday, June 2  |6:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |1:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:00 p.m.

Tallahassee Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma 20, Mississippi State  10 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: Samford 7, No. 7 Florida State 6,  | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Mississippi State vs. Florida State | Saturday, June 2  |12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Oklahoma vs. Samford | Saturday, June 2  |5:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Athens Regional 

Game 1: Troy 6, Duke 0 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 8 Georgia vs. Campbell  |  June 2 |Noon  |  WatchESPN
Game 3:  Duke vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |4:00 p.m.
Game 4: Troy vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:30 p.m.

Lubbock Regional

Game 1: No. 9 Texas Tech 9, New Mexico State 2 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2:  Louisville  13, Kent State 6| FINAL | Box score |
Game 3: New Mexico State vs.  Kent State | Saturday, June 2  |3:00 p.m.
Game 4: Texas Tech vs. Louisville | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Clemson Regional

Game 1: Vanderbilt 2, St. John’s 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Clemson 4, Morehead State 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: St John’s  vs. Morehead State | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Vanderbilt vs. Clemson | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:00 p.m.

DeLand Regional

Game 1: No. 11 Stetson vs. Hartford  | Friday, June 1  | 7 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 2: Oklahoma State vs. South Florida | Friday, June 1 | 1 p.m. |  WatchESPN
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |1:00 p.m.
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |1:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Greenville Regional

Game 1: South Carolina 8, Ohio State 3 | FINAL  | Box score |
Game 2: No. 12 East Carolina 16, UNC-Wilmington 7 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 3: Ohio State vs. UNC-Wilmington | Saturday, June 2  |12:00 p.m.
Game 4: South Carolina vs. East Carolina | Saturday, June 2  |5:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |4:00 p.m.

Austin Regional

Game 1: Texas A&M 10, Indiana 3 | FINAL| Box score
Game 2: No. 13 Texas 10, Texas Southern 0   | FINAL   |Box score
Game 3:Indiana vs. Texas Southern | Saturday, June 2  |2:30 p.m.
Game 4: Texas A&M vs. No. Texas | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |9:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Regional

Game 1: UCLA 6, Gonzaga 5 | FINAL  | Box score |
Game 2: No. 14 Minnesota 10, Canisius 1 |  FINAL  |  Box score
Game 3: Gonzaga vs. Canisius | Saturday, June 2  |2:00 p.m.
Game 4: UCLA vs. Minnesota | Saturday, June 2  |8:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |3:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

Conway Regional

Game 1: Washington 7, UConn 1 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 15 Coastal Carolina 16, LIU Brooklyn 1 | FINAL | Box score|
Game 3: UConn vs. LIU Brooklyn | Saturday, June 2  |12:00 p.m.
Game 4: Washington vs. Coastal Carolina | Saturday, June 2  |5:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |12:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |6:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |1:00 p.m.

Raleigh Regional

Game 1: Auburn 13, Northeastern 4 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: Army 5 , No. 16 N.C. State 1 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: Northeastern vs. N.C. State | Saturday, June 2  |2:00 p.m.
Game 4: Army vs. Auburn | Saturday, June 2  |7:00 p.m.
Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 | Sunday , June 3  |2:00 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Sunday , June 3  |7:00 p.m.
Game 7(*if necessary) | Monday , June 4  |7:00 p.m.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Dates

  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018, on ESPNU at Noon ET.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The Super Regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule

  • The SEC Baseball Tournament will take place in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27.
  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018, on ESPNU at Noon ET.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The Super Regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Automatic bids

The projected field will be made up of 64 teams, with automatic bids going to the following conferences.  Bolded means they have officially clinched the automatic bid.

  • America East: Hartford
  • American: East Carolina
  • ACC: Florida State
  • Atlantic Sun: Stetson
  • Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
  • Big 12: Baylor
  • Big East: Saint John’s
  • Big South: Campbell
  • Big Ten: Minnesota
  • Big West: Cal-State Fullerton
  • Colonial: UNC-Wilmington
  • Conference USA: Southern Miss
  • Horizon: Wright State
  • Ivy League: Columbia
  • Metro Atlantic: Canisius
  • Mid-American: Kent State
  • Mid-Eastern: North Carolina A&T
  • Missouri Valley: Missouri State
  • Mountain West: San Diego State
  • Northeast: Long Island
  • Ohio Valley: Morehead State
  • Pac-12: Stanford
  • Patriot: Army
  • Southeastern: Ole Miss
  • Southern: Samford
  • Southland: Northwestern State
  • Southwestern Athletic: Texas Southern
  • Summit: Oral Roberts
  • Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina
  • West Coast: Gonzaga
  • Western Athletic: New Mexico State

 

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Regional hosts, top seeds

Below is the list of teams that will host regionals. Seeds will be announced on Monday. The top 16 seeds are thus regional hosts for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The top 8 seeds would host Super Regionals.

  1. Florida
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon State
  4. Ole Miss
  5. Arkansas
  6. North Carolina
  7. Florida State
  8. Georgia
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Clemson
  11. Stetson
  12. East Carolina
  13. Texas
  14. Minnesota
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. N.C. State

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Past results

2017 College World Series participants: Florida (winner), LSU (runner-up), Florida State, Texas A&M, Louisville, Cal-State Fullerton, TCU, Oregon State

2016 College World Series participants: Coastal Carolina (winner), Arizona (runner-up), Miami, TCU, Texas Tech, UC-Santa Barbra, Florida, Oklahoma State

2015 College World Series participants: Virginia (winner), Vanderbilt (runner-up), Florida, TCU, LSU, Cal-State Fullerton, Miami, Arkansas

2014 College World Series participants: Vanderbilt (winner), Virginia (runner-up), Texas, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Irvine, Louisville

2013 College World Series participants: UCLA (winner), Mississippi State (runner-up), North Carolina, NC State, LSU, Louisville, Indiana, Oregon State

2012 College World Series participants: Arizona (winner), South Carolina (runner-up), Florida, Florida State, Kent State, Stony Brook, UCLA, Arkansas

2011 College World Series participants: South Carolina (winner), Florida (runner-up), Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cal, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M

2010 College World Series participants: South Carolina (winner), UCLA (runner-up), Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, TCU

2009 College World Series participants: LSU (winner), Texas (runner-up), Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Virginia

2008 College World Series participants: Fresno State (winner), Georgia (runner-up), Florida State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Rice, Stanford

 

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Delays, weather plague Alabama men’s golf at NCAA Championships

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The University of Alabama men’s golf team got off to a sluggish start at the NCAA Championships when inclement weather delayed the start of the first round Friday, and 16 teams were still on the course when play was suspended at 9:38 p.m. ET.

After teeing off approximately 4 hours after their scheduled times, the Crimson Tide were among them with everyone between the 13th and 17th holes. Overall, Alabama was at +3, tied for 11th place.

“We just tried to keep our guys focused and create a plan during the delay,” coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “We went out and ate some lunch then came to the course early and allowed them to chip and putt a little bit before warm-ups just to get them out of the hotel.

“I thought our guys did a really good job. The greens were really chewed up at the end with all the players that came before us and the rain we had. There are some things we have to do better — make a few more putts and get some birdies — but I’m fairly proud of how they did considering the conditions.”

Senior Jonathan Hardee was the lone Alabama golfer below par at 1-under through the 15th hole, and tied for 24th on the individual leaderboard. Senior Lee Hodges and junior Davis Riley were both +1, with freshman Wilson Furr was +2 and freshman Davis Shore +3.

Northwestern shot an 8-under 280 at Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,460 yards) to set the course’s single-round record. The No. 33 Wildcats led No. 29 Kent State (288) by 8 strokes and No. 48 Iowa State (290) by 10.

Alabama was No. 6 in the pre-tournament rankings. The only SEC team ahead of it is No. 4 Vanderbilt at -1.

The teams are scheduled to finish the first round and subsequently play the second round on Saturday. After three rounds of stroke play, the field will be cut to 15 teams after 54 holes, and eight following the fourth round, to set up the quarterfinals for match play.

The first round will resume at 8 a.m. ET.

 

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Alabama men’s golf sets course record, positions itself to advance at NCAA Championships

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The University of Alabama men’s golf team set the course record during the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

After finishing its first round, which was delayed by weather and then called due to darkness on Friday, Alabama teed off on the back nine and played the round in 9-under par. Overall, the Crimson Tide were third at 3-under par and in third place.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “Our slogan all season has been ‘bounce back.’ We had a great conversation [Friday] night and I reminded them that there was a lot of golf left to play. We talked about bounce back and that’s exactly what we challenged them to do. I am really proud of what we were able to do. Our All-Americans played like All-Americans and I thought everyone did a great job.”

Northwestern set the course record on Friday, finishing the first round at 8-under 280. However, the Wildcats slid down the team standings after Alabama finished on Saturday, shooting the second round at 20 over par.

With a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday, senior Lee Hodges led the Crimson Tide on the individual leaderboard at 3-under-par 141 for the tournament, and was tied for 13th. Junior Davis Riley was 1 under, and senior Jonathan Hardee was 1 over par. Freshman Davis Shore was at 2-over 146 and Wilson Furr fell back to 9 over par after shooting 80. The top four scores each day count toward the team total.

Texas Tech  (5 under par) is in the lead, two strokes ahead of Alabama, and one ahead of top-seeded Oklahoma State (4 under par). They were the only teams under par.

Alabama played especially well on the par-5 holes, playing them at 16-under par, tied for the second-best showing at the tournament so far. Seawell made it a point of focus after the Pacific Regional, where he thought the Crimson Tide could have won had they played better on the long holes.

After Sunday’s third round of stroke play, the 30-team field will be cut to 15 teams. The field will be cut to eight teams following the fourth round. Those eight quarterfinalists square off in single-elimination match play. The Crimson Tide have a 6-shot cushion on the eight-team cutoff, and 11 strokes on the 15-team line.

Alabama, ranked sixth, played the first two rounds with No. 4 Vanderbilt (3 over par) and No. 7 Florida (10 over par) at Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,460 yards) in Stillwater, Okla. Third-round pairings will be based off the standings.

Also on Saturday, Riley and Hodges were named to the Ping All-Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It’s the third consecutive year Riley has made the team and the second for Hodges.

1 Texas Tech -5
2 Oklahoma State -4
3 Alabama -3
T4 Duke +2
T4 Oklahoma +2
T6 Vanderbilt +3
T6 Kent State +3
T6 Clemson +3
T9 Illinois +4
T9 Auburn +4

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Third-round issues at NCAA Championships has Alabama men’s golf season on the brink

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The University of Alabama men’s golf team’s players and coaches have repeatedly said during the postseason that they play their best when their backs are against the wall. That’s exactly where the Crimson Tide found themselves at the NCAA Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Similar to another team, No. 6 Alabama went from setting the course team record at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., to falling down the team standings and being on the brink of elimination. After shooting 9-under par 279 on Saturday, it came back with a +13 (301) and fell to ninth place on Sunday.

“We will learn from today,” Coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “We got punched in the mouth and this is the first time that I remember in which we didn’t punch back. I believe in these guys and everything that we have worked for is right there in front of them. We just talked about getting our minds right and we need to wake up tomorrow and execute our golf shots like I know we can.”

Alabama’s two All-SEC players, senior Lee Hodges and junior Davis Riley, both shot +5. Hodges was +2 overall on the individual leaderboard, tied for 34th, and Riley +4. Senior Jonathan Hardee was +4 on the day and +5 for the tournament.

Freshmen Davis Shore and Wilson Furr were both +2 on the round. Shore was at +4, and Furr +11.

At +10 overall, the team had to sit and wait for the afternoon scores to be completed to be sure it made the 15-team cut for the first time since 2014. After the fourth round Monday, when the individual honors are determined, the field will be narrowed to the eight teams for quarterfinal brackets and match play.

No. 28 Duke came in at -12, topping Alabama’s brief record, and took the tournament lead at -10. Top-seeded Oklahoma State had the next best completed round at -3, and was in second at -7. Texas Tech was the only other team under par at -3.

Numerous other SEC teams were jockeying into position to advance, with No. 4 Vanderbilt at +2 overall, No.9 Auburn +6 and No. 2 Texas A&M +7. No. 18 Arkansas made the initial cut at +12, but No. 7 Florida (+22) and No. 25 Kentucky (+28) did not.

Northwestern set the course record on Friday at -8, 280, and shot 308 on Saturday. The Wildcats finished the third round tied for 16th with Stanford at +20, and missed the cut.

Alabama will be in the final group to tee off from the 10th hole Monday, playing with the two teams directly ahead of it in the standings, Kent Start and Texas A&M, beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET.

1 Duke -10
2 Oklahoma State -7
3 Texas Tech -3
4 Vanderbilt +2
5 Oklahoma +4
6 Auburn +6
7 Texas A&M +7
8 Kent State +8
9 Alabama +10
10 Texas +11

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Alabama men’s golf holds on, advances to match-play quarterfinals at NCAA Championships

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It was like watching something at an amusement park or musical chairs, only with a lot on the line.

The University of Alabama men’s golf team began the fourth round of the NCAA Championships in ninth place, needing to ascend the standings in order to make the eight-team quarterfinals at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. Like numerous other teams, the Tide went up and down the leaderboard, reaching third at one point, only to return to the cut line moments later.

When the music stopped, Alabama occupied sixth place, securing a place in the match-play portion of the tournament.

“I am so proud of these guys,” Alabama coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “Today was so hard because there are so many good teams. The (cutline) was everywhere and it felt like there were 10 teams within a shot of one another. We had a good start, and I was proud of that, but then we got hit in the mouth. But unlike (Sunday), we responded.”

The seeding at the end of stroke play will be as follows:

  • 1 Oklahoma State vs. 8 Texas A&M
  • 4 Oklahoma vs. 5 Auburn
  • 3 Texas Tech vs. 6 Alabama
  • 2 Duke vs. 7 Texas

Alabama is the top-ranked team in its side of the bracket at No. 6 and Texas Tech is No. 13. The winner will face the team to advance between No. 28 Duke and No. 15 Texas. The teams ranked No. 1, No 2, No. 3 and No. 9 are all on the other side of the bracket.

The match is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. ET, and will be shown on The Golf Channel.  The semifinals are scheduled for later in the day.

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

  1. Adam Blomme vs. Lee Hodges
  2. Ivan Ramirez vs. Davis Riley
  3. Kyle Hogan vs. Wilson Furr
  4. Sandy Scott vs. Davis Shore
  5. Hurly Long vs. Jonathan Hardee

Alabama played the fourth round at 6 over par, which was the second-best score of the day, 1 stroke behind Texas’ +5. For the tournament, Alabama was +16, 2 strokes above the cut line. Vanderbilt was the first team out at +18.

The Crimson Tide provided some key moments down the stretch, including junior Davis Riley draining his 88-yard approach shot on the par-4 sixth hole for an eagle, a

“I was just trying to make a birdie,” Riley said. “I had come close to chipping in on each of the previous two holes and on the fifth hole I hit it to within a few inches. I birdied that hole and hit a good drive in the fairway on six, so I felt good about it. I even thought to myself ‘man, it would be great if this went in.’ I just hit it perfectly and it dropped right in.”

After a disastrous three-hole stretch including a triple-bogey, senior Jonathan Hardee birdied his last hole.

“I am so proud of Jonathan Hardee for giving us a birdie on that last hole after going through a tough stretch on holes five and six – that’s a big deal for a senior,” Seawell said. “Our All-Americans were All-Americans, especially on that back nine. Lee Hodges and Davis Riley were phenomenal. If you’re going to be good in this setting, those guys have to shine and that’s what they did. I am just proud of our entire team.”

Riley finished the round 1 under par, while senior Lee Hodges was at even par for the day. Overall, Hodges tied for 21st at +2 on the individual leaderboard, while Riley was at +3. Freshman Davis Shore was +7, Hardee +9 and freshman Wilson Furr +19.

With a comfortable lead on the field, top-seeded Oklahoma State and Duke were the first to secure their quarterfinal spots, scoring +7 and +18, respectively, to finish at even and +8. Right behind Duke were Texas Tech (+9) and Oklahoma (+11), but even they were part of the mad scramble to advance, which lasted most of the day.

1 Oklahoma State E
2 Duke +8
3 Texas Tech +9
4 Oklahoma +11
5 Auburn +15
T6 Alabama +16
T6 Texas +16
8 Texas A&M +17
9 Vanderbilt +18
10 Kent State +19

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket, scores, schedule for Regional games on Sunday (June 3, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament continues on Sunday, June 3. Below you can find a full schedule, list of key dates and times for all regional games.

Florida is the defending champion, as the Gators defeated LSU in the championship series a season ago. Ten SEC teams made the field, the most of any conference.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket for Regionals

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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Scores

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Athens Regional 

Game 4: Georgia 11 |, Troy 7 | FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Duke 15, Troy 6 | FINAL | Box score |  Troy eliminated

Tallahassee Regional

Game 5: Mississippi State 9, Samford 8 | FINAL | Box score | Samford eliminated
Game 6: Mississippi State 13, Oklahoma 5 | FINAL | Box score

Conway Regional

Game 5: UConn 6,  Coastal Carolina 5 | FINAL | Box score | Coastal Carolina eliminated
Game 6: Washington 9, UConn 6 | FINAL | Box score | Washington advances to Super Regional | UConn eliminated

Clemson Regional

Game 5: Clemson 9 , St John’s 8 | FINAL | Box score | St. John’s eliminated
Game 6: Vanderbilt 19, Clemson 6 | FINAL | Box score| Vanderbilt advances to Super Regional | Clemson eliminated

Oxford Regional

Game 3: Missouri State 9, Saint Louis 8 | FINAL | Box score | Saint Louis eliminated
Game 4:   Ole Miss 9, Tennessee Tech 8 | FINAL | Box score
Game 5:  Tennessee Tech 2, Missouri State 1, | FINAL | LBox score  | Missouri State eliminated

Chapel Hill Regional

Game 5:  Houston 8, Purdue 4 | FINAL | Box score | Purdue eliminated
Game 6: North Carolina 19, Houston 11 | FINAL | Box score|North Carolina advances to Super Regional | Houston eliminated

Gainesville Regional

Game 5: Florida Atlantic 12, Jacksonville 7 | FINAL | Box score |  Jacksonville eliminated
Game 6: Florida  vs. Florida Atlantic | Monday, June 4 | 1:00 p.m.

DeLand Regional

Game 5: Oklahoma State 6, South Florida 1 | FINAL | Box score | South Florida eliminated
Game 6: Stetson 11, Oklahoma State 1 | FINAL | Box score | Stetson advances to Super Regional | Oklahoma State eliminated

Greenville Regional

Game 5: UNC-Wilmington 9, ECU 7 | FINAL | Box score | ECU eliminated
Game 6: South Carolina vs. UNC-Wilmington | Monday, June 4  | 1:00 p.m.

Raleigh Regional

Game 5: N. C. State 11,  Army 1 | FINAL | Box score | Army Eliminated
Game 6: Auburn 15,  N.C. State 6 | FINAL | Box score |Auburn advances to Super Regional |N.C. State eliminated

Minneapolis Regional

Game 5: UCLA 10, Gonzaga 4 | FINAL | Box score |Gonzaga eliminated
Game 6: Minnesota 13, UCLA 8 | FINAL | Box score|Minnesota advances to Super Regional |UCLA eliminated

Lubbock Regional

Game 5: Louisville 12, Kent State 6 | FINAL  | Box score | Kent State eliminated
Game 6: Texas Tech 11, Louisville 6 | FINAL | Box score | Texas Tech advances to Super Regional | Louisville eliminated

Fayetteville Regional

Game 5: Dallas Baptist 9, Southern Miss 4 | FINAL | Box score| Dallas Baptist
Game 6: Arkansas 4, Dallas Baptist 3 | FINAL | Box score|Arkansas advances to Super Regional | Dallas Baptist eliminated

Austin Regional

Game 5: Indiana 9, Texas A&M 7 | FINAL   | Box score | Texas A&M eliminated
Game 6: Texas 3, Indiana 2 | FINAL  |Box score | Texas advances to Super Regional | Indiana eliminated

Corvallis Regional

Game 5: LSU 9, Northwestern State 5 | FINAL | Box score |Northwestern State eliminated
Game 6: Oregon State 11,  LSU 0 | FINAL  | Box score| Oregon State advances to Super Regional | LSU eliminated

Palo Alto Regional

Game 5: Stanford 4, Baylor 2 | FINAL|  Box score  | Baylor eliminated
Game 6:  Cal State Fullerton 5,  Stanford 2 | FINAL | Box score| Cal State Fullerton advances to Super Regional | Stanford eliminated

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule for Regionals

Gainesville Regional

Game 1: No. 1 Florida 13, Columbia 5 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Jacksonville 5, Florida Atlantic 3 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Florida Atlantic 11, Columbia 2 |FINAL | Box score | Columbia eliminated
Game 4: Florida 3, Jacksonville 2 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: Florida Atlantic 12, Jacksonville 7 | FINAL | Box score |  Jacksonville eliminated
Game 6: Florida  vs. Florida Atlantic | Monday, June 4  | 1:00 p.m.
Game 7: (*if necessary) | Monday, June 4  | 5:00 p.m.

Palo Alto Regional

Game 1: Cal State Fullerton 6, Baylor 2 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Stanford 4, Wright State 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: Baylor 11, Wright State 5 | FINAL  | Box score | Wright State eliminated
Game 4: Cal State Fullerton 2, Stanford 1 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: Stanford 4, Baylor 2 | FINAL|  Box score  | Baylor eliminated
Game 6:  Cal State Fullerton 5,  Stanford 2 | FINAL | Box score| Cal State Fullerton advances to Super Regional | Stanford eliminated

Corvallis Regional

Game 1: LSU 6, San Diego State 4 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: No. 3 Oregon State 9, Northwestern State 3 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: , Northwestern State 9, San Diego State 0 | FINAL | Box score  | San Diego State eliminated
Game 4: Oregon State 14, LSU 1 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: LSU 9, Northwestern State 5 |FINAL | Box score |Northwestern State eliminated
Game 6: Oregon State 12,  LSU 0 | FINAL  | Box score| Oregon State advances to Super Regional | LSU eliminated

Oxford Regional

Game 1: Tennessee Tech 6, Missouri State 4 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 2: No. 4 Ole Miss 9,. St. Louis 2  | FINAL |Box score
Game 3: Missouri State 9, Saint Louis 8 | FINAL | Box score|Saint Louis eliminated
Game 4:   Ole Miss 9, Tennessee Tech 8 | FINAL | Box score
Game 5:  Tennessee Tech 2, Missouri State 1, | FINAL | LBox score  | Missouri State eliminated
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 | Monday, June 4  | 1:00 p.m.
Game 7: (*if necessary) | Monday, June 4  | 7 p.m.

Fayetteville Regional

Game 1: No. 5 Arkansas 10, Oral Roberts 2  | FINAL | Box score
Game 2 Southern Miss 9, Dallas Baptist 0 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Dallas Baptist 18, Oral Roberts 9 | FINAL | Box score  | Oral Roberts eliminated
Game 4: Arkansas 10, Southern Miss 2 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: Dallas Baptist 9, Southern Miss 4 | FINAL | Box score| Dallas Baptist
Game 6: Arkansas 4, Dallas Baptist 3 | FINAL | Box score|Arkansas advances to Super Regional | Dallas Baptist eliminated

Chapel Hill Regional

Game 1: Houston 9, Purdue 1 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: No. 6 North Carolina 11, North Carolina A&T 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: Purdue 14, North Carolina A&T 4 | FINAL | Box score  | North Carolina A&T eliminated.
Game 4: North Carolina 4, Houston 3  | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5:  Houston 8, Purdue 4 | FINAL | Box score | Purdue eliminated
Game 6: North Carolina 19, Houston 11 | FINAL | Box score|North Carolina advances to Super Regional | Houston eliminated

Tallahassee Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma 20, Mississippi State 10 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Samford 7, No. 7 Florida State 6  | FINAL  | Box score
Game 3: Mississippi State 3, Florida State 2 | FINAL | Box score  | Florida State eliminated
Game 4: Oklahoma 4, Samford 0 |FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Mississippi State 9, Samford 8 |FINAL  | Box score  | Samford eliminated.
Game 6: Mississippi State 13, Oklahoma 5 | FINAL | Box score
Game 7: Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma | Monday, June 4  | 1:00 p.m.

Athens Regional 

Game 1: Troy 6, Duke 0 | FINAL | Box score |
Game 2: No. 8 Georgia 18, Campbell 5 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3:  Duke 16, Campbell 8| FINAL  | Box score  | Campbell eliminated
Game 4: Georgia 11 |, Troy 7 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: Duke 15, Troy 6 | FINAL | Box score
Game 6: Georgia vs. Duke | Monday, June 3  | 1:00 p.m.
Game 7: (*if necessary) | Monday, June 4  | 4:30 p.m.

Lubbock Regional

Game 1: No. 9 Texas Tech 9, New Mexico State 2 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2:  Louisville 13, Kent State 6| FINAL | Box score
Game 3: Kent State 2, New Mexico State 1| FINAL | Box score | New Mexico State eliminated
Game 4: Texas Tech 10, Louisville 4 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: Louisville 12, Kent State 6 | FINAL  | Box score| Kent State eliminated
Game 6: Texas Tech 11, Louisville 6 | FINAL | Box score | Texas Tech advances to Super Regional | Louisville eliminated

Clemson Regional

Game 1: Vanderbilt 2, St. John’s 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Clemson 4, Morehead State 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: St John’s 11, Morehead State 5 | FINAL  | Box score  |  Morehead State eliminated
Game 4: Vanderbilt 4, Clemson 3  | FINAL | Box score
Game 5: Clemson 9 , St John’s 8 | FINAL |Box score |  St. John’s eliminated
Game 6: Vanderbilt 19, Clemson 6 | FINAL | Box score| Vanderbilt advances to Super Regional | Clemson eliminated

DeLand Regional

Game 1: Oklahoma State 9, South Florida 2 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: No. 11 Stetson 8, Hartford  3 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: South Florida 9, Hartford 4 | FINAL  | Box score   | Hartford eliminated
Game 4: Stetson 10, Oklahoma State 3 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: Oklahoma State 6, South Florida 1, | FINAL| Box score | South Florida elimnated
Game 6: Stetson 11, Oklahoma State 1 | FINAL | Box score | Stetson advances to Super Regional | Oklahoma State eliminated

Greenville Regional

Game 1: South Carolina 8, Ohio State 3 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 2: No. 12 East Carolina 16, UNC-Wilmington 7 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: UNC-Wilmington 4, Ohio State 3,| FINAL (13) | Box score  | Ohio State eliminated
Game 4: South Carolina 4, East Carolina 2 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: UNC-Wilmington 9, ECU 7 | FINAL | Box score | ECU eliminated
Game 6: South Carolina vs. Winner of Game 5 | Monday, June 4  | 1:00 p.m.
Game 7: (*if necessary) | Monday, June 4  | 5:00 p.m.

Austin Regional

Game 1: Texas A&M 10, Indiana 3 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: No. 13 Texas 10, Texas Southern 0 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: Indiana 6, Texas Southern 0 |FINAL  | Box score | Texas Southern eliminated
Game 4: Texas 8, Texas A&M 3 | FINAL  |Box score
Game 5: Indiana 9, Texas A&M 7 | FINAL   | Box score | Texas A&M eliminated
Game 6: Texas 3, Indiana 2 | FINAL  |Box score | Texas advances to Super Regional | Indiana eliminated

Minneapolis Regional

Game 1: UCLA 6, Gonzaga 5 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 2: No. 14 Minnesota 10, Canisius 1 |  FINAL  |  Box score
Game 3: Gonzaga 8, Canisius 2 | FINAL| Box score  | Canisius eliminated
Game 4: Minnesota 3, UCLA 2 | FINAL| Box score
Game 5: UCLA 10, Gonzaga 4 | FINAL | Box score |Gonzaga eliminated
Game 6: Minnesota 13, UCLA 8 | FINAL | Box score| Minnesota advances to Super Regional |UCLA eliminated
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Conway Regional

Game 1: Washington 7, UConn 1 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: No. 15 Coastal Carolina 16, LIU Brooklyn 1 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: UConn 10, LIU Brooklyn 3 |FINAL | Box score  | LIU Brooklyn eliminated
Game 4: Washington 11, Coastal Carolina 6 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: UConn 6,  Coastal Carolina 5 | FINAL | Box score | Coastal Carolina eliminated
Game 6: Washington 9, UConn 6 | FINAL | Box score | Washington advances to Super Regional | UConn eliminated

Raleigh Regional

Game 1: Auburn 13, Northeastern 4 | FINAL | Box score
Game 2: Army 5 , No. 16 N.C. State 1 | FINAL | Box score
Game 3: N.C. State 9, Northeastern 3 |FINAL |Box score | Northeastern eliminated
Game 4: Auburn 12, Army 1 | FINAL  | Box score
Game 5: N. C. State 11,  Army 1 | FINAL  | Box score | Army Eliminated
Game 6: Auburn 15,  N.C. State 6 | FINAL | Box score |Auburn advances to Super Regional |N.C. State elimnated

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Dates

  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018, on ESPNU at Noon ET.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The Super Regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule

  • The SEC Baseball Tournament will take place in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27.
  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018, on ESPNU at Noon ET.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The Super Regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Automatic bids

The projected field will be made up of 64 teams, with automatic bids going to the following conferences.  Bolded means they have officially clinched the automatic bid.

  • America East: Hartford
  • American: East Carolina
  • ACC: Florida State
  • Atlantic Sun: Stetson
  • Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
  • Big 12: Baylor
  • Big East: Saint John’s
  • Big South: Campbell
  • Big Ten: Minnesota
  • Big West: Cal-State Fullerton
  • Colonial: UNC-Wilmington
  • Conference USA: Southern Miss
  • Horizon: Wright State
  • Ivy League: Columbia
  • Metro Atlantic: Canisius
  • Mid-American: Kent State
  • Mid-Eastern: North Carolina A&T
  • Missouri Valley: Missouri State
  • Mountain West: San Diego State
  • Northeast: Long Island
  • Ohio Valley: Morehead State
  • Pac-12: Stanford
  • Patriot: Army
  • Southeastern: Ole Miss
  • Southern: Samford
  • Southland: Northwestern State
  • Southwestern Athletic: Texas Southern
  • Summit: Oral Roberts
  • Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina
  • West Coast: Gonzaga
  • Western Athletic: New Mexico State

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Regional hosts, top seeds

Below is the list of teams that will host regionals. Seeds will be announced on Monday. The top 16 seeds are thus regional hosts for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The top 8 seeds would host Super Regionals.

  1. Florida
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon State
  4. Ole Miss
  5. Arkansas
  6. North Carolina
  7. Florida State
  8. Georgia
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Clemson
  11. Stetson
  12. East Carolina
  13. Texas
  14. Minnesota
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. N.C. State

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Past results

2017 College World Series participants: Florida (winner), LSU (runner-up), Florida State, Texas A&M, Louisville, Cal-State Fullerton, TCU, Oregon State

2016 College World Series participants: Coastal Carolina (winner), Arizona (runner-up), Miami, TCU, Texas Tech, UC-Santa Barbra, Florida, Oklahoma State

2015 College World Series participants: Virginia (winner), Vanderbilt (runner-up), Florida, TCU, LSU, Cal-State Fullerton, Miami, Arkansas

2014 College World Series participants: Vanderbilt (winner), Virginia (runner-up), Texas, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Irvine, Louisville

2013 College World Series participants: UCLA (winner), Mississippi State (runner-up), North Carolina, NC State, LSU, Louisville, Indiana, Oregon State

2012 College World Series participants: Arizona (winner), South Carolina (runner-up), Florida, Florida State, Kent State, Stony Brook, UCLA, Arkansas

2011 College World Series participants: South Carolina (winner), Florida (runner-up), Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cal, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M

2010 College World Series participants: South Carolina (winner), UCLA (runner-up), Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, TCU

2009 College World Series participants: LSU (winner), Texas (runner-up), Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Virginia

2008 College World Series participants: Fresno State (winner), Georgia (runner-up), Florida State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Rice, Stanford

 

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Alabama men’s golf dispatches Texas Tech to reach semifinals at NCAA Championships

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It went down to the last match, but the University of Alabama men’s golf team defeated Texas Tech to advance at the NCAA Championships on Tuesday morning.

The Crimson Tide were the first team to move on to the semifinals, which will be played at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., (par 72, 74,60 yards) on Tuesday afternoon.

No. 6 Alabama will face Duke for a chance to play for the national title. The Blue Devils came into the tournament ranked No. 28.

The Golf Channel will show the match beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.

“What a great match that was,” Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said in a release. “I mean, that was down to the last hole. We are thrilled and I’m proud of how our guys fought through a lot of adversity again today. Texas Tech is a great team and we are going to have to do it again against another great team in Duke. We are just excited to still be playing.”

Freshman Wilson Furr, who struggled during the stroke-play part of the tournament and finished tied for 76 at 19-over par, got Alabama off to a good start by dominating his match against Hole Hogan, winning 7 and 6.

Junior Davis Riley was right behind him and secured a 5 and 4 victory against Ivan Ramirez, who led Texas Tech in stroke play at 5 under. 

However, Alabama then had to wait for more than hour to secure the win, by freshman Davis Shore. With the match having started on the back nine, he won with a 15-foot birdie on the difficult eighth hole for a 2 and 1 victory.

Duke defeated Texas 3 and 2. It finished stroke play in second place at 8-over par after the first four rounds, but struggled on Monday at 18 over.

On the other side of the bracket, Oklahoma State defeated Texas A&M 3-1-1 in the showdown between the two top-ranked teams, and Auburn knocked off reigning champion Oklahoma, 3-2.

Last month, Alabama and Auburn played for the SEC Tournament championship, which went down to the final hole.

Alabama vs. Texas Tech, 3-2

  1. Adam Blomme def. Lee Hodges, 1 up
  2. Davis Riley def. Ivan Ramirez 5 and 4
  3. Wilson Furr def. Kyle Hogan, 7 and 6
  4. Davis Shore def. Sandy Scott , 2 and 1
  5. Hurly Long def. Jonathan Hardee, 5 and 3

Duke vs. Alabama

  1. Chandler Eaton vs. Lee Hodges
  2. Adrien Pendaries vs. Davis Riley
  3. Evan Katz vs. Wilson Furr
  4. Jake Shuman vs. Davis Shore
  5. Alex Smalley vs. Jonathan Hardee

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Ole Miss willing to go down with Hugh Freeze, and NCAA will oblige

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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says he wants “finality.” He’s probably not going to get it under the circumstances he’d like.

The Rebels released their official response to the NCAA’s second Notice of Allegations on Tuesday, and the takeaway is clear: Ole Miss has no intention of backing down when it comes to the serious accusations levied against Freeze.

The two most notable of these are the Level I “lack of institutional control” and “head coach responsibility” claims, but a total of 15 Level I allegations can be found in the NOA. Most occurred under Freeze’s watch, with a fraction attributed to Houston Nutt’s tenure.

The university, which begins the response by citing its internal investigation, proactive compliance measures and self-imposed punishments (including the bowl ban) at length, eventually addresses the Level I charges:

“In taking responsibility for what has occurred, the University has self-imposed significant and appropriate penalties …

“All but three of the Level I allegations (i.e., Allegations Nos. 5, 20, and 21) were the result of intentional misconduct specifically intended to evade monitoring systems implemented by the University, the athletics department, and the head football coach …”

“The University contests the allegations concerning institutional control and head coach responsibility (Allegations Nos. 20-21).”

Those are the legalese equivalent of fightin’ words, and it’s either a bold display of support or brazen stupidity. 

By continuing to resist — that’s how the NCAA will see this — Ole Miss not only looks reckless, but risks getting hammered harder by college football’s governing body, as well. The NCAA is out for blood and wants Freeze to be the sacrificial lamb. This is where the Rebels have made their stand.

Objectively, you have to wonder: Is Freeze worth it?

He’s a fine football coach who led the Rebels to their first Sugar Bowl win in decades. His offense beat Alabama twice. But he’s not the second coming of Johnny Vaught. Does fighting for him outweight the potential long-term damage done by a two-year bowl ban, more scholarship reductions or worse? A year-long suspension for Freeze is on the table. The anxiety surrounding this investigation has already poisoned recruiting efforts (see: 2017 signing class, “penalty”).

Let’s assume for the purpose of argument that Freeze, who is still beloved by many in Oxford and around the state, had no knowledge of his staff’s wrongdoings, as the university argued in its response.

Freeze may be a fantastic human being — I can’t personally vouch for his character, but I know some who can — and it’s hard to believe athletics director Ross Bjork would fight this hard if that wasn’t the case. Yet, that probably matters little when the NCAA sees these matters in black and white.

The officials investigating this mess see a repeating trend of broken rules. Ole Miss has admitted as much. Not much can be done to completely protect Freeze at this point, so why try?

Bjork and his team can try to deflect blame from Freeze by bringing up the likes of  “Student-Athlete 39,” widely recognized as Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis, or ex-assistant Barney Farrar. Lewis certainly would have a conflict of interest in telling the NCAA about improper benefits he may or may not have received.

With the evidence available to the public, however, it’s unlikely Farrar acted as a rogue agent, just as it is unlikely an alleged cash-dealing booster only paid this particular ex-Ole Miss recruit. The existence of your typical “college football bag man” is common knowledge at this point. And here’s Ole Miss, harping on the account of one football player and requesting to be present for his interview.

RELATED: Ole Miss requested interview with Dan Mullen about NCAA allegations

Ole Miss will achieve the finality Freeze seeks only by bowing out of this fight, and that means firing Freeze. In continuing to battle the NCAA, the Rebels may ultimately have to fire Freeze anyway. Coaches rarely, if ever, survive this sort of onslaught given the internal and external pressure to clean house.

It’s a lose-lose proposition for the school. Bjork may feel good defending a coach he personally respects, but when the men in suits with hundred-page reports show up on your doorstep, you’ve already lost.

The Rebels will meet with the NCAA Committee on Infractions later this year. Despite a tornado’s worth of potential fallout churning in the distance, Ole Miss is standing pat, going about its business and apparently willing to die on this hill with Freeze if necessary.

In other words, this picture is the perfect metaphor for Ole Miss v. NCAA:

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