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Road To Omaha: The Field Of 64, April 20


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With nine weeks in the books and six more to play before most conferences tournaments begin, we’ve now surpassed the midway point of the college baseball, which means it’s time to roll out the next projection of our field of 64. This field was composed by D1Baseball national writers Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and Mark Etheridge in a Tuesday night teleconference that we recorded and posted as a two-part podcast, so you can hear our deliberations about national seeds and hosts, as well as the race for at-large spots.

The race for the national top eight seeds continues to be rather clear-cut at the top with Florida and Miami leading the charge, while Louisville jockeyed for better position after a strong week, and South Carolina hung on as the No. 8 national seed with no one out there present to take that spot away from them. With that said, Texas A&M entered the mix as a national seed after a huge week that included a road series sweep over Mississippi State. The ACC and SEC each have three representatives as national seeds, while the Big West’s UC Santa Barbara and Big 12’s Texas Tech round out the eight.

In terms of the regional hosts, Clemson, South Alabama and North Carolina dropped out of the mix this week (but were still in the discussion), while LSU, NC State and Minnesota climbed into the hosting mix, with NC State and LSU both close to jockeying for national seed positioning, especially the Wolfpack, who has been red-hot and is in the thick of the ACC race. Overall, the SEC leads the charge with nine bids with Alabama entering the field this week, while the ACC is close behind with eight bids, Notre Dame being the last time in from the conference. Meanwhile, the Big 12 has just three bids, and the Pac-12 has five bids, with the last couple being heavily debated as at-larges, and not in anyway safe bets at this point.

Tulane, Notre dame, Maryland, Stanford and Washington were our last five teams in the field, while Gonzaga, Fresno State, Duke, Georgia, Wake Forest and others were considered for the final spot in the projections.


The seedings
Regional host sites
No. 1 NationalGainesville, Fla.Minneapolis
1 Florida Gators logo FloridaNC State logo Minnesota
4MON logo Monmouth Kent logo Kent State
2GT Georgia TechUNC logo North Carolina
3Long Beach State logo Long Beach StateCU logo Creighton
No. 2 NationalCoral Gables, Fla.Starkville, Miss.
1Miami Florida logo MiamiMississippi State logo Mississippi State
4FAMU logo Florida A&MSEMO logo SE Missouri State
2FAU90X90 Florida AtlanticUSM Southern Miss
3Michigan logo MichiganTulane Tulane
No. 3 NationalLouisville, Ky.Nashville, Tenn.
1Louisville lgoo LouisvilleVanderbilt University logo Vanderbilt
4WSU logo Wright StateASU Alabama State
2Kentucky logo KentuckyCC logo Coastal Carolina
3East Carolina Pirates logo MarylandCC logo Notre Dame
No. 4 NationalCollege Station, TexasHouston
1Texas AM logo Texas A&MRICE logo Rice
4NAVY logo NavySELA logo Southeastern La.
2Oklahoma State logo Oklahoma StateUVA logo Virginia
3Oklahoma State logo Dallas BaptistStanford logo Stanford
No. 5 NationalSanta Barbara, Calif.Berkeley, Calif.
1UCSB logo UC Santa BarbaraCal logo California
4Princeton logo PrincetonSEA logo Seattle
2Oregon State logo Oregon State BYU logo St. Mary's
3 BYU logo BYUCSF logo Cal State Fullerton
No. 6 NationalLubbock, TexasBaton Rouge
1Texas Tech logo Texas TechLSUInterlocking LSU
4Texas Tech logo BinghamtonBryant logo Bryant
2olemiss90x90 Ole MissULL logo Louisiana-Lafayette
3 BYU logo New MexicoULL logo Washington
No. 7 NationalTallahassee, Fla.Fort Worth, Texas
1FloridaState Florida StateTCU logo TCU
4JU JacksonvilleORU logo Oral Roberts
2USA South AlabamaEast Carolina Pirates logo East Carolina
3USA AlabamaUA Arizona
No. 8 NationalColumbia, S.C.Raleigh, N.C.
1South Carolina logo South CarolinaNC State logo NC State
4VCU logo Va. CommonwealthUNCG logo UNC Greensboro
2Clemson ClemsonCharleston logo College of Charleston
3MO STATE logo UNC WilmingtonMich. State Michigan State

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