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NCAA tournament to be pared down to 16
2008-06-02 16:50
by Bob Timmermann

After today (unless there is a rainout somewhere), the NCAA baseball tournament will be down to 16 teams. They will be paired into 8 pairs for super-regional play, which is a best of three series that will played over the next weekend.

Already in: #1 Miami which will play the school from Tuscon, #2 North Carolina will play Coastal Carolina, #7 LSU will play UC Irvine. Also in are #6 Rice, #3 Arizona State, Wichita State, and North Carolina State.

Today's games to pick the remaining six teams:

Stanford Regional - The Cardinal got two home runs from Sean Ratliff, including a grand slam, to beat Pepperdine 9-7 to advance to the super-regional. The Cardinal will either host UCLA or travel to Cal State Fullerton.

Athens Regional - Georgia Tech plays Georgia. Georgia would host a super-regional if it wins against NC State. The Bulldogs routed their archrival Georgia Tech, 18-6, and will host NC State in the super-regional.

Tallahassee Regional - Florida State plays Tulane. Florida State would host a super-regional if it wins against Wichita State. The Seminoles easily got past Tulane 16-7 to move on the super-regional against Wichita State.

College Station Regional - Houston takes on Texas A&M. The winner travels to Rice for a super-regional matchup. The Aggies win 13-5 and move on to face Rice.

Long Beach Regional - Fresno State hopes to become the only #4 seed to make it to the super-regional, but #2 San Diego stands in the way. The winner travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State. The Bulldogs pulled off the upset with a 5-1 win to advance on to the super-regional in Tempe.

Fullerton Regional - UCLA plays Cal State Fullerton for the third straight game and the winner moves on to the super-regional. Cal State Fullerton would host Stanford and UCLA would almost assuredly travel to Stanford. This game starts at 8:06 pm PT. If it ends before midnight, there will be great rejoicing in the land. Or at least my apartment. It finished at 11:29 pm PT, but there was no joy in my apartment. The evil ones from Fullerton won 5-4 and will host Stanford in the super-regional. Let's Go Cardinal!



2008-06-02 17:38:57
1.   Suffering Bruin
Some great players have played at UCLA but they have never really had great teams. I don't know if it's still true but for eons, they were known as the biggest program to have never gone to a CWS.
2008-06-02 18:26:08
2.   Bob Timmermann
UCLA has been to the CWS twice, but went 0-2 each time.

But I guess you didn't read this:

2008-06-02 19:06:25
3.   Suffering Bruin
Yep, missed that one. I did play-by-play for a season when Gary Adams was the coach and that was the scuttlebut by those few who actually talked college baseball.

It's weird--Pepperdine, Fullerton and the crosstown rivals have all enjoyed great success at the CWS and there's UCLA, owners of more NCAA titles than anyone but nothing in baseball. And it's not like they haven't had the talent.

2008-06-02 20:56:36
4.   John Hale
Its taken twenty years going by for me to get over living on the same floor in Reiber Hall with the UCLA baseball team. I think I can actually root for them. Jeff Conine was one of the less annoying players and by far not the one I picked for twenty years in the bigs.
Thanks for the link to that incredible bracket they have. Thats something that that might bring an understanding of double elimination to the ignorant massess (myself included)

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