Road to Omaha: College Baseball 2013

Road to Omaha: College Baseball 2013


The NCAA Division 1 tournament is now set with 64 teams vying for the eight places that will send these teams to Omaha, Neb., to begin the College World Series on June 15. This year’s tournament is not without controversy as the selection committee overlooked a 49-10 Campbell team that had a high RPI and a No. 25 ranking. The Fighting Camels, however, did not have the strength of schedule that the NCAA warrants and, thus, have ended their season.

Top-Ranked Tarheels

North Carolina of the ACC is the top-ranked team going in and will play its opening games at home in Chapel Hill, NC. At 52-8, the Tarheels finished strong, coasting through the ACC tournament without a loss. Florida Atlantic, Towson and Canisius round out its region.

Seven other teams are favored to move on to Omaha, provided they keep advancing. Those schools are: Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State and Oregon. Of the 64 teams in the field this year, 31 are returning from last year’s field. The SEC with nine teams and the ACC with eight teams lead the field; the Pac-12 and Sun Belt conferences each contributed four teams.

Regional Play Begins

The 16 regional games begin on May 31 and will conclude on June 3. It is a double-elimination format. The 16 winners then advance to eight super regionals with those locations announced late on June 3. The participants play a best-of-three series with the winners moving on to Omaha.

Once in Omaha, the eight teams are placed in two double-elimination brackets consisting of four teams each. The winners of each bracket will then face off for the championship, playing a best-of-three final. The last team standing is declared the national champion.

Fan Exposure Widens

Interest in college baseball has grown in recent years with new stadiums, fancier uniforms and a stronger fan base working into the mix. High school stars that once would have signed with a major league scout and languished for years in the minor leagues, are choosing to go to college first. That has raised the quality of college baseball and fans are taking notice. Indeed, ESPN will for the very first time televise all 16 regional tournaments. It has also televised the College World Series for the past 34 years.

Omaha has hosted the College World Series for 60 years and has been tabbed as host for at least the next 25 years. In 2011 a new stadium opened, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, a 24,000-seat venue that is also home to the University of Creighton Jayhawks baseball team and the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

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