NCAA baseball regional sites spread among 7 conferences

Posted May 29, 2017

Last season, the Beavers were surprisingly left out of the NCAA tournament field despite winning five of their last six games, finishing 35-19 and ranking 44 in RPI.

Kentucky's baseball team will stage its first baseball postseason games since 2006 this week after being selected one of 16 schools to host the NCAA Tournament regional round, it was announced Sunday night. The other three teams that will make their way to Lexington will be announced at noon Monday during the NCAA Baseball Championship Selection Show on ESPN2. LSU, Oregon State, Arkansas, TCU, Florida, Southern Miss, Houston, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Texas Tech and Stanford were also selected to host regionals.

The NCAA regional is returning to Baum Stadium for the first time since 2010. Now, the Razorbacks have made a 16-game turnaround and won 40 or more games for seventh time in the last 10 seasons.

UofL and United Kingdom will both host NCAA Regionals this week. Over the past 10 years, 66.9 percent of regional hosts have advanced to the super regional round.

The ACC led the country in regional host sites, followed closely by the SEC with four teams chosen as hosts.

Regionals start Friday, except for the regional hosting BYU.

Other hosts are Southern Mississippi of Conference USA, Long Beach State of the Big West and Houston of the American Athletic Conference.

This is the fifth straight season the Cardinals have hosted a Regional.

The regionals - a four-team, double-elimination format - begin Friday Each regional victor will advance to a best-of-3 super regional June 9-11.

As a regional host, UH (40-19) - victor of the automatic bid from the American Athletic Conference - is guaranteed home-field advantage at least through the first round of the postseason.

Arkansas played a super regional at Baum Stadium two years ago when national seed Missouri State was unable to host because of a scheduling conflict at its home stadium.