2022 NCAA Baseball Tournament Bracket, Regional Matches: Tennessee Gets Seeded to Top the Leaderboard

On Monday, the selection committee announced the field of 64 for the 2022 NCAA Division I baseball tournament, which we will reveal shortly. Before you get in, you should know that the NCAA baseball tournament structure is a bit different than the more familiar variant of hoops.

Here are some tips on this front:

  • The camp this year includes 31 automatic bids via conference leagues and 33 participants overall. The first round of play is known as regional and is a double elimination round-robin format. Each of the 16 seeds n. 1 hosts the respective four regional teams whenever possible. Each of the 16 regional teams is seeded from one to four. In each region, no. 1 faces n. 4 and n. 2 the n. 3 on the first day of action. The winners of these two matches then play each other, while the losers play an elimination match.
  • The winner of each regional advances to the superregional. Super regional, comprising a total of 16 teams, is a best-of-three series format.
  • Superregional winners, eight teams in all, advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • The College World Series is a double elimination format until the last two teams remain standing. At that point, the lists are cleared and it is a best-of-three series to determine the national champion.

The field of 64 also includes eight nationally seeded, which you might consider a pre-tournament favorite to reach Omaha. Here they are for this year, ranked in order with their regular season record:

  1. Tennessee, 53-7
  2. Stanford, 40-14
  3. State of Oregon, 44-14
  4. Virginia Tech, 41-12
  5. Texas A&M, 37-18
  6. Miami-FL, 39-18
  7. State of Oklahoma, 39-20
  8. East Carolina, 42-18

If a national seed wins its region, host the superregional whenever possible. Otherwise, the super-regional sites will be announced at the end of the regional round.

And now for the full field. The regional game will start on Friday 3rd June. Now here are the pairings for all 16 regional teams: remember that each region is seeded from one to four and is hosted by one of the 16 national seeded.

Knoxville Regional

Hosted by the national seed No. 1 of Tennessee

  • # 1 Tennessee (53-7) vs # 4 Alabama State (34-23)
  • # 2 Georgia Tech (34-22) vs # 3 Campbell (40-17)

Stanford Regional

Hosted by the national seed No. 2 Stanford

  • # 1 Stanford (41-14) vs # 4 Binghamton (22-28)
  • # 2 Texas State (45-12) vs # 3 UC-Santa Barbara (43-12)

Regional Corvalli

Hosted by the national seed No. 3 of Oregon State

  • # 1 Oregon St. (44-15) vs # 4 New Mexico State (24-32)
  • # 2 Vanderbilt (36-21) vs # 3 San Diego (36-18)

Regional of Blacksburg

Hosted by the national seed No. 4 Virginia Tech

  • # 1 Virginia Tech (41-12) vs # 4 Wright State (30-25)
  • # 2 Gonzaga (36-17) vs # 3 Columbia (30-16)

Regional College Station

Hosted by the national seed No. 5 Texas A&M

  • # 1 Texas A&M (37-18) vs # 4 Oral Roberts (38-18)
  • # 2 TCU (36-20) vs # 3 Louisiana (36-21)

Coral Gables Regional

Hosted by the national seed No. 6 Miami-FL

  • # 1 Miami (FL) (39-18) vs # 4 Canisius (29-23)
  • # 2 Arizona (37-23) vs # 3 Ole Miss (32-22)

Regional calm waters

Hosted by the national seed No. 7 of Oklahoma State

  • # 1 Oklahoma State (39-20) vs # 4 Missouri State (30-27)
  • # 2 Arkansas (38-18) vs # 3 Grand Canyon (41-19)

Regional Greenville

Hosted by the national seed No. 8 of East Carolina

  • # 1 East Carolina (42-18) vs # 4 Coppin State (24-28)
  • # 2 Virginia (38-17) vs # 3 Coastal Carolina (36-18-1)

Austin Regional

Hosted by the national seed No. 9 of Texas

  • # 1 Texas (42-19) vs # 4 Air Force (30-27)
  • # 2 Louisiana Tech (42-19) vs # 3 Dallas Baptist (34-22-1),

Chapel Hill Regional

Hosted by the national seed No. 10 of North Carolina

  • # 1 North Carolina (38-19) vs # 4 Hofstra (30-21)
  • # 2 Georgia (35-21) vs # 3 VCU (40-18)

Regional of Hattiesburg

Hosted by the national seed No. 11 of southern Mississippi

  • # 1 Southern Miss. (43-16) vs # 4 Army (31-23)
  • # 2 LSU (38-20) vs # 3 Kennesaw State (35-26)

Louisville regional

Hosted by the national seed No. 12 Louisville

  • # 1 Louisville (38-18-1) vs # 4 State of Southeast Missouri (37-20)
  • # 2 Oregon (35-23) vs # 3 Michigan (32-26)

Regional Gainesville

Hosted by the national seed No. 13 of Florida

  • # 1 Florida (39-22) vs # 4 Central Michigan (42-17)
  • # 2 Oklahoma (37-20) vs # 3 Liberty (37-21)

Regional Auburn

Hosted by the national seed No. 14 Auburn

  • # 1 Auburn (37-19) vs # 4 Southeastern La. (30-29)
  • # 2 UCLA (38-22) vs # 3 Florida St. (33-23)

Regional College Park

Hosted by the national seed No. 15 of Maryland

  • # 1 Maryland (45-12) vs # 4 Long Island (37-19)
  • # 2 Wake Forest (40-17-1) vs # 3 UConn (46-13)

Regional Statesboro

Hosted by the national seed No. 16 of Georgia Southern

  • # 1 Georgia Southern (40-18) vs # 4 UNC-Greensboro (34-28)
  • # 2 Notre Dame (35-14) vs # 3 Texas Tech (37-20)

And here’s a link to NCAA.com’s full parenthesis, which includes region-to-region pairings for superregals.

Now for some quick field takeaways from 64 teams above:

  • There will be no repeat this year, as reigning national champion Mississippi State (26-30) did not receive an offer. No team has repeated themselves as a Division I national champion from South Carolina in 2010 and 2011.
  • Florida State is making its record 44th consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.
  • This year’s camp features two teams that have made their first tournament appearances: Coppin State and Hofstra.
  • At the conference level, the SEC and ACC lead all attendees with nine offerings each.
  • Next in line is the Big 12 and the Pac-12 with five offerings each.

All of the above leads to the College World Series at Omaha’s Charles Schwab Field, which kicks off on Friday, June 17. So who do you have?

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