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College  | Story  | 5/29/2023

Field of 64 Projection

Craig Cozart      Vincent Cervino     
After a long and exciting regular season college schedule, we were treated to one of the most wildly unpredictable conference tournament weeks in recent history. There were “stolen bids” all across the nation, the “bubble watch” was in full effect and we are just a couple hours from hearing the NCAA D-I Baseball Selection Committee’s decisions. The usual criteria were followed by the committee this year such as: RPI, strength of schedule, conference finish and conference tournament performance. However, they expanded the “recent” performance evaluation from the last 10 games to the last 15 games of the season and factored in scheduling “intent”. Scheduling “intent” is meant to protect teams that scheduled “historically” quality teams when those “historically” quality teams have a down year for one reason or another. The host sights are Power-5 heavy with a strong southeastern presence and most of the west coast teams will be traveling across the country for their spot in the field. A couple Mid-Major programs were rewarded with a host sight for their stellar scheduling and overall performance. While there will be a lot of disappointment for those that do not receive a bid, the Field of 64 is sure to provide excellent baseball and some surprises as teams grapple for a trip to Omaha in a couple weeks. College baseball has never been more alive and well, so be sure to tune in for all the excitement.

Here is how things break down for the number of bids from a conference standpoint: 

ACC: 8
SEC: 10
Big 12: 6
Pac 12: 5
Sun Belt: 4
Big 10: 3
American: 2
Big East: 2
Colonial: 2
Conference USA: 2

All other leagues are projected to secure one bid

Last Four In: 
NC State

First Four Out: 
Arizona State
Kansas State
UC Santa Barbara

(#) denotes Regional Host seed
* denotes automatic bid
^ denotes Last Four In

Winston Salem Regional Columbia Regional
1. Wake Forest (1) 1. South Carolina (16)
2. UConn 2. Boston College
3. Sam Houston* 3. UNC-Wilmington*
4. George Mason* 4. Rider*

Gainesville Regional Lexington Regional
1. Florida (2) 1. Kentucky (15)
2. North Carolina 2. Campbell*
3. USC^ 3. Indiana
4. Florida A&M* 4. Wright State*

Fayetteville Regional Auburn Regional
1. Arkansas (3) 1. Auburn (14)
2. West Virginia 2. Dallas Baptist
3. Washington 3. Iowa
4. Tulane* 4. Oral Roberts*

Clemson Regional Stillwater Regional
1. Clemson* (4) 1. Oklahoma State (13)
2. Northeastern 2. Texas A&M
3. Xavier* 3. Troy
4. Pennsylvania* 4. Santa Clara*

Nashville Regional Conway Regional
1. Vanderbilt* (5) 1. Coastal Carolina (12)
2. Duke 2. Tennessee
3. Texas Tech 3. NC State^
4. Eastern Illinois* 4. Army*

Baton Rouge Regional Tuscaloosa Regional
1. LSU (6) 1. Alabama (11)
2. Oregon State 2. Southern Miss*
3. Louisiana^ 3. TCU*
4. Nicholls State* 4. Lipscomb*

Palo Alto Regional Terre Haute Regional
1. Stanford (7) 1. Indiana State* (10)
2. Texas 2. Oregon*
3. Cal State Fullerton*  3. Oklahoma^
4. San Jose State* 4. Ball State*

Charlottesville Regional Coral Gables Regional
1. Virginia (8) 1. Miami (9)
2. Maryland* 2. East Carolina
3. Samford* 3. Charlotte*
4. Maine* 4. Central Connecticut State*