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May 30, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams - including three of the top five national seeds - will be among the 64-team field when the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship gets under way with Regional play on Friday.
ACC Champion Virginia holds the No. 1 overall national seed in the tournament, while North Carolina is seeded third and Florida State fifth.
Virginia (49-9), Florida State (42-17), Clemson (41-18) Georgia Tech (40-19) and North Carolina (45-14) were named as regional host schools by the NCAA on Sunday, giving the ACC a national-best five Regional hosts. Each of those teams will be seeded No. 1 in their brackets.
Miami (36-21) and NC State (34-25) were also among the complete field of 64 teams announced on Monday, bringing the ACC's total representation to seven teams. Miami will open play at Gainesville, Fla., in the regional hosted by the University of Florida, while NC State will compete in the Columbia, S.C., regional hosted by defending NCAA Champion South Carolina. Miami holds a No. 2 bracket seed, while NC State is seeded third.
The seven ACC teams selected to this year's NCAA field matches the SEC for the most from any conference. The Big 12 and Pac-10 each placed six teams in the field. The ACC placed a league-record eight teams in the 2010 NCAA Championship and also saw seven teams make the field n the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. This marks the 10th straight year that at least five ACC teams have been selected for NCAA postseason play.
The other top-eight national seeds in this year's field are No. 2 Florida (45-16), No. 4 South Carolina (45-14), No.6 Vanderbilt (47-10), No.7 Texas (43-15) and No. 8 Rice (41-19). Of the 292 championship eligible Division I institutions that sponsor baseball, Virginia has the most Division I wins with 49.
Miami is in the field for the 39th consecutive year, extending its own national record. Florida State is making its 34th straight appearance, second all-time. Those are the nation's two current longest streaks, with Cal-State Fullerton's 20 straight appearances ranking third.
Among other ACC teams, Clemson will make its 24th NCAA appearance in 25 years. Georgia Tech is in the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year, but the Yellow Jackets have appeared in 25 of the last 27 tournaments overall.
North Carolina is making its 10th straight NCAA appearance and 13th in14 years. Virginia will make its eighth straight NCAA appearance. NC State will appear in its second straight NCAA Tournament and its eighth in nine years.
Total NCAA postseason appearances (counting this season) for this year's ACC participating teams are as follows: Florida State 49, Miami 40, Clemson 36, Georgia Tech 27, North Carolina 26, NC State 24 and Virginia 10.
NCAA Regionals, which will consist of four-team double-elimination tournaments at 16 campus sites, will get under way Friday (June 3) and run through Monday (June 6) as necessary. The eight regional winners will advance to Super Regional play, again at campus sites, June 10-13. Those eight winners will then move on the 65th Men's College World Series, set for June 18-29 at Omaha, Neb.
Regional match-ups involving ACC teams are listed below, followed by the other regional sites.
2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
Atlanta Regional hosted by Georgia Tech
#1 Georgia Tech (40-19) vs. #4 Austin Peay (33-22)
#2 Southern Miss. (39-17) vs. #3 Mississippi St. (34-23)
Chapel Hill Regional hosted by North Carolina
#1 North Carolina (45-14) vs. #4 Maine (32-22)
#2 FIU (40-18-1) vs. #3 James Madison (40-17)
Charlottesville Regional hosted by Virginia
#1 Virginia (49-9) vs. #4 Navy (33-23-1)
#2 East Carolina (39-19) vs. #3 St. John's (NY) (35-20)
Clemson Regional hosted by Clemson
#1 Clemson (41-18) vs. #4 Sacred Heart (34-21)
#2 Connecticut (41-17-1) vs. #3 Coastal Caro. (41-18)
Columbia Regional hosted by South Carolina
#1 South Carolina (45-14) vs. #4 Ga. Southern (36-24)
#2 Stetson (41-18) vs. #3 North Carolina St. (34-25)
Gainesville Regional hosted by Florida
#1 Florida (45-16) vs. #4 Manhattan (34-17)
#2 Miami (FL) (36-21) vs. #3 Jacksonville (36-22)
Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida St.
#1 Florida St. (42-17) vs. #4 Bethune-Cookman (36-23)
#2 UCF (38-21) vs. #3 Alabama (33-26)
Austin Regional hosted by Texas
#1 Texas (43-15) vs. #4 Princeton (23-22)
#2 Texas St. (40-21) vs. #3 Kent St. (43-15)
College Station Regional hosted by Texas A&M
#1 Texas A&M (42-18) vs. #4 Wright St. (36-17)
#2 Arizona (36-19) vs. #3 Seton Hall (33-23)
Corvallis Regional hosted by Oregon St.
#1 Oregon St. (38-17) vs. #4 UALR (24-32)
#2 Creighton (44-14) vs. #3 Georgia (31-30)
Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU
#1 TCU (42-17) vs. #4 Oral Roberts (36-20)
#2 Oklahoma (41-17) vs. #3 Dallas Baptist (39-17)
Fullerton Regional hosted by Cal St. Fullerton
#1 Cal St. Fullerton (40-15) vs. #4 Illinois (28-25)
#2 Stanford (32-20) vs. #3 Kansas St. (36-23)
Houston Regional hosted by Rice
#1 Rice (41-19) vs. #4 Alcorn St. (27-28)
#2 Baylor (29-26) vs. #3 California (31-20)
Los Angeles Regional hosted by UCLA
#1 UCLA (33-22) vs. #4 San Francisco (31-23)
#2 Fresno St. (40-14) vs. #3 UC Irvine (39-16)
Nashville Regional hosted by Vanderbilt
#1 Vanderbilt (47-10) vs. #4 Belmont (36-24)
#2 Oklahoma St. (35-23) vs. #3 Troy (42-17)
Tempe Regional hosted by Arizona St.
#1 Arizona St. (39-16) vs. #4 New Mexico (20-39)
#2 Arkansas (38-20) vs. #3 Charlotte (42-14)