That is changing this year, with the baseball tournament moving to the softball model that includes teams being seeded 1-16, so it is hard to speculate which of the other regionals might be paired with the Fayetteville Regional.
The Cards went down in order in the bottom, capping the game. Unfortunately, they lost their opener, made them five games under.
The Trojans (41-18) will face No. 2 seed Duke (40-15) in a first-round game at 1 p.m. Friday. Troy also received an at-large bid after finishing second in the Sun Belt to Coastal Carolina and was one of the last four teams in the Field of 64. "When you have a team that does that and you get another shot at facing them, of course there's going to be excitement in the air".
Coach Nick Mingione could lose several top players to graduation and the Major League Baseball Draft, but he's off to a strong start in recruiting. The Longhorns, however, have recorded a 10-2 win over Texas Southern this season. He also hoped for one of the top eight national seed.
The fourth-seeded Seahawks (37-21) dropped both regular season meetings with the Pirates, the No. 12 overall national seed, in mid-week showdowns.
"A lot of teams peak at the wrong time of the year", Raleigh said.
"Each year has its own character to it, and this is who we are this year", he said.
The victor advances to play the victor of the Deland Regional, hosted by Stetson, in a best-of-three Super Regional. "We had a great regular season". State series in Super Regional play.
Ceremonial last-pitch balls were given out to fans May 13 as Kentucky played for the final time at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Cardinals remain a lock for the tournament nonetheless and should host one of the regional rounds before hitting the road for a potential super regional series.
Texas A&M earned a No. 3 seed in the Austin Regional and will face No. 2 seed Indiana.
It's the second straight conference title for Florida State and the Seminoles' third trophy in four years.
Shemiah Sanchez knotted the game up in the fifth inning, 5-5, with her first career grand slam on a 1-0 count, scoring Doyle, Griggs and Andrews. Texas Tech is the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament.