North Carolina is top seed in NCAA baseball tournament - Omaha.com
Published Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:49 am / Updated at 4:15 pm
BASEBALL
North Carolina is top seed in NCAA baseball tournament

North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament.

The Division I selection committee on Monday rewarded the Tar Heels (52-8) for a strong body of work that included an exhausting run to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.

The 64-team tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals. Best-of-three super regionals will be held next week, with those winners moving to the College World Series in Omaha.

The other national seeds, in order, are: Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State and Oregon.

The 1999 Miami Hurricanes are the only top-seeded team to go on to win the national title, and that was in the first year of the current tournament format.

The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with nine bids. The ACC has eight, and the Pac-12 and Sun Belt have four apiece.

Indiana and Illinois will represent the Big Ten in the tournament. Nebraska fell one game short of an automatic bid to the tournament when it lost 4-3 to Indiana on Sunday in the Big Ten title game in Minneapolis.

Wichita State is the only Missouri Valley Conference team in the tournament.

Arizona (34-21) won't get a chance to defend its national title. The Wildcats were left out of the tournament for the first time in four years despite winning five of their last six to finish 15-15 in Pac-12 play.

Miami (36-23) is in the tournament field for the 41st straight year, extending its own record. Florida State (44-15) is making its 36th consecutive appearance.

First-time participants will be Bryant, Canisius, Central Arkansas, Savannah State and South Dakota State. Bryant (44-16-1), from Smithfield, R.I., made it in its first year of eligibility since moving from Division II.

Thirty-one of the 64 teams were in the field last year.

Colonial Athletic Association postseason champion Towson (29-28) is sure to be one of the tournament's top stories. The Towson baseball and men's soccer programs were destined to be cut because of athletic department financial problems and gender-equity imbalance. The baseball program was given a reprieve thanks to an injection of $300,000 a year for two years in state funding approved in April. Soccer was not saved.

San Diego and San Diego State qualified for the tournament in the same year for the first time. That extends a prolific season for slugger Kris Bryant, who has hit a nation-leading 31 homers for San Diego.

Bowling Green (24-29) is the only team in the field with a losing record. The Falcons won the Mid-America Conference tournament and are in the national tournament for the first time since 1999.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

CWS SCHEDULE »
Friday, June 14
Opening Celebration

Saturday, June 15
Game 1: Mississippi State 5, Oregon State 4
Game 2: Indiana 2, Louisville 0

Sunday, June 16
Game 3: N.C. State 8, North Carolina 1
Game 4: UCLA 2, Louisiana State 1

Monday, June 17
Game 5: Oregon State 11, Louisville 4
Game 6: Mississippi State 5, Indiana 4

Tuesday, June 18
Game 7: North Carolina 4, LSU 2
Game 8: UCLA 2, N.C. State 1

Wednesday, June 19
Game 9: Oregon State 1, Indiana 0

Thursday, June 20
Game 10: North Carolina 7, N.C. State 0

Friday, June 21
Game 11: Mississippi State 4, Oregon State 1
Game 12: UCLA 4, North Carolina 1

Championship Series

Monday, June 24
Finals Game 1: UCLA 3, Mississippi State 1

Tuesday, June 25
Finals Game 2: UCLA 8, Mississippi State 0
TWITTER UPDATES »
OSHA: Union Pacific must reinstate worker who reported injuries suffered on job
Recruiting update: Reviewing recent commits, Husker targets
Cowboys, Indians unite in opposition to Keystone XL pipeline
Hansen: Dying a year ago, Vi proves — at 87 — that it's never too late for a comeback
$450K in needed repairs means Iowa town pulling the plug on coffeepot-shaped water tower
Stock market ‘not rigged,’ TD Ameritrade CEO says
Hy-Vee opens its first Omaha Market Cafe
Here's the deal with that outdoor art near CenturyLink Center
Annie, My 12-year-old grandson insists on sleeping with Grammie
Lexington couple accused of injuring toddler
Primer: Hand-brewing coffee at home
Nebraska teacher convicted of sexually assaulting girl
Chinese man released on bond in seed piracy case
Small-town Nebraska native becomes big-time comic book writer
Congressional candidate's top aide lost duties, kept pay
'Bionic eye' helps man regain some vision
Kelly: Started at a dining room table, Home Instead thriving at 20 with $1B in annual revenue
Hurdlers give Huskers solid foundation
Recipe: Boiled omelets great for your camping menu
Omaha crash victim, 19, had touched many lives
Breaking Brad: Nebraska GOP candidates unified against naked squirrels
Mad Chatter: Are B1G night games a disservice to Husker fans?
Firefighters take on 'fully engulfed barn fire'
Omaha CrossFitter on cover of national magazine
No 'bear' qualifies to ask Warren Buffett questions at this year's Berkshire meeting
Deadline Deal thumbnail
Tokyo Sushi
$5 for $10 or $10 for $20 toward All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Purchase
Buy Now
PHOTO GALLERIES »
< >
SPOTLIGHT »
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
WORLD-HERALD ALERTS »
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for Omaha.com's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »