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Wolfpack Baseball and Doak Field has been selected as a regional host site for the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the second straight year.
The Pack barely misses out on a national seed.Â If I may wax philosophic for a moment….
Losing 2 of 3 to FSU at home slit our throats, no doubt.Â That, coupled with finishing a half game behind the ‘Noles in the Atlantic Division did us in.Â We finished with a better RPI than they did (#7 vs #8) against a tougher schedule.Â In fact, if you look at us against the top 8 national seeds, aside from Carolina, we are the only other team to earn our top 8 RPI against a top 10 schedule.
Thus, letting FSU punk us in Raleigh is the only good explanation.Â Oh well, time to move on.
The Raleigh Regional is paired with the Eugene Regional.Â Thus, should the Pack emerge unscathed from Raleigh, they will likely go on the road (big time) to the pacific northwest to Eugene, Oregon to face the Ducks for the Super Regionals, should they hold serve at home.
The Pack could still host a Super Regional in Raleigh should the Ducks fail to advance from Eugene.Â So….GO RICE!!!!…GO SAN FRANCISCO!!!!…GO SD STATE!!!! (Sorry Ducks…nothing personal).
The Pack will welcome as its guests for the Raleigh Regional, Ole Miss, William and Mary and Binghamton.
The regional rounds are a double elimination bracket.Â Games for the Raleigh Regional will get underway this Friday, May 31st:
- Game One – #2 Ole Miss vs #3 William and Mary – 2pm
- Game Two – #1 NC State vs #4 Binghamton – 7pm
Day Two (Saturday June 1) will feature the winners and losers from day one games facing one another:
- Game Three – (Loser’s Bracket) – 2pm
- Game Four – (Winner’s Bracket) – 7pm
Day Three (Sunday June 2) will feature two elimination games:
- Game Five – (Winner Game Three vs Loser Game Four) – 1pm
- Game Six – (Winner Game Four vs Winner Game Five) – 6pm
Day Four (Monday June 3) if necessary, will determine the winner
- Game Seven – (Winner Game Six vs Loser Game Six) – 7pm
Raleigh Regional Info (GoPack.com)
Special tip of the cap to Virginia Tech, which secured a fifth hosting nod for the ACC on the strength of their performance in Durham.Â Way to go Hokies!!!!
The ACC leads the country with five of the regionals, followed by the SEC (4) and the Pac-12 (3).Â The Big 12, Big Ten, Big West and Big East all have one each.
Other regional sites/HOST (Record) (National seed) (ACC teams in bold)
- Baton Rouge/LSU (52-9) (#4)
- Blacksburg/VIRGINIA TECH (38-20)
- Bloomington/INDIANA (43-14)
- Chapel Hill/N. CAROLINA (52-8) (#1)
- Charlottesville/VIRGINIA (47-10) (#6)
- Columbia/SOUTH CAROLINA (39-18)
- Corvallis/OREGON STATE (45-10) (#3)
- Eugene/OREGON (45-14) (#8)
- Fullerton/CS FULLERTON (48-8) (#5)
- Los Angeles/UCLA (39-17)
- Louisville/LOUISVILLE (46-12)
- Manhattan/KANSAS STATE (41-17)
- Nashville/VANDERBILT (51-9) (#2)
- Raleigh/NC STATE (44-14)Â
- Starkville/MISSISSIPPI STATE (43-17)
- Tallahassee/FLORIDA STATE (44-15) (#7)
Other ACC Schools to earn non-hosting bids were:
- Clemson (#2 Columbia Regional)
- Georgia Tech (#2 Nashville Regional)
- Miami (#2 Louisville Regional)
The SEC led with 9 total bids, the ACC was next with 8.
FULL PAIRINGS/BRACKETS (NCAA.com)
We’ll have a more in depth preview of the Raleigh Regional up later in the week.
Oh, and eff you ‘Noles.