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Baseball Hosting Regional In Mesa May 31-June 2
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Release: 05/27/2002
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May 27, 2002

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, as well as the 16 regional sites, was announced Monday by the NCAA. Arizona State will host Houston, San Diego and New Mexico State Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. Houston will take on New Mexico State at noon, while ASU will host San Diego at 6 p.m. on Friday. Game times on Saturday will be at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. while Sunday's games will be at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (if necessary).

The national top eight seeds are Florida State University (56-12); Clemson University (47-14); University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (48-13); Rice University (47-11); University of Texas at Austin (48-14); University of South Carolina, Columbia (48-14); Wake Forest University (44-11-1) and Stanford University (40-16).

All 16 regional sites will be on the campus of the host team except the Arizona State University and Wake Forest regionals, as the Wake Forest regional will be conducted at Ernie Shore Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to Arizona State, the other 15 host schools are: Florida State; University of Notre Dame; University of Southern California; Stanford; Texas; Louisiana State University; Rice; Clemson; Wichita State University; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Wake Forest; South Carolina; University of Florida; Georgia Institute of Technology and Alabama.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with seven, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference and Conference USA with five each.

Forty of the 64 teams also were part of the 2001 field. Five teams made the baseball championship for the first time in school history: Central Connecticut State University, Elon University, University of Louisville, New Mexico State University and University of San Diego. The other 59 teams all have been in the field at least once since 1992.

The University of Miami (Florida) is in the field for the 30th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 25th straight appearance, second all time. Other long consecutive streaks include Clemson (16); LSU (14); California State University, Fullerton (11) and Southern California (10).

Each of the 16 regionals feature four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be determined and will be announced on Monday, June 3, at 2 p.m. Central time. The best two-of-three super regionals will be played from Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9. The 56th College World Series begins play Friday, June 14, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

Notes

* 40 of the 64 teams were in the 2001 field. Five teams make the field for the first time in their history: Central Connecticut State, Elon, Louisville, New Mexico State and San Diego. The other 59 teams all have been in the field at least once since 1992.

* Defending national champion Miami (Fla.) is in the field for the 30th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 25th straight appearance, second all time. Other long consecutive streaks include Clemson (16), LSU (14), Cal State Fullerton (11) and Southern California (10).

* There are 283 Division I teams sponsoring baseball in 2002, the most in history.

FIELD BY CONFERENCE

Southeastern 7 Horizon 1 Atlantic Coast 5 Ivy 1 Big 12 5 Metro Atlantic 1 Conference USA 5 Mid-American 1 Pacific-10 4 Mid-Continent 1 Sun Belt 4 Mid-Eastern 1 Atlantic Sun 3 Mountain West 1 Big West 3 Northeast 1 Atlantic-10 2 Ohio Valley 1 Big South 2 Patriot 1 Colonial 2 Southern 1 Missouri Valley 2 Southland 1 Western Athletic 2 Southwestern 1 America East 1 West Coast 1 Big East 1 Independents 1 Big Ten 1

FIELD BY STATE

Florida 9 Connecticut 1 California 7 District of Columbia 1 Texas 6 Indiana 1 Louisiana 4 Kansas 1 North Carolina 4 Kentucky 1 Alabama 3 Maine 1 Georgia 3 Maryland 1 South Carolina 3 Massachusetts 1 Virginia 3 Nebraska 1 Missouri 2 New Mexico 1 Ohio 2 New York 1 Oklahoma 2 Utah 1 Arizona 1 Washington 1 Arkansas 1 Wisconsin 1

Automatic Qualifiers

Previous App. Last Conference Team Record Yrs. Won Lost App.

America East Maine 40-15 12 35 26 1993 Atlantic Coast Florida St. 56-12 40 131 86 2001 Atlantic Sun UCF 40-20 7 9 14 2001 Atlantic Ten George Washington 42-21 6 1 12 1992 Big East Notre Dame 44-15 16 29 33 2001 Big South Coastal Caro. 43-17 2 2 4 2001 Big Ten Ohio St. 36-18-1 14 31 28 2001 Big 12 Texas 48-14 45 166 88 2001 Big West Cal St. Northridge 40-15 5 10 10 1996 Colonial Va. Commonwealth 38-25 5 10 10 2001 Conference USA East Caro. 41-18-1 17 15 34 2001 Horizon Wis.-Milwaukee 36-18 2 1 4 2001 Ivy Harvard 20-24 12 23 24 1999 Metro Atlantic Marist 40-12 3 2 6 2001 Mid-American Kent St. 37-20 5 5 10 2001 Mid-Continent Oral Roberts 46-17 13 16 26 2001 Mid-Eastern Bethune-Cookman 38-20 3 0 6 2001 Missouri Valley Wichita St. 46-15 19 57 38 2000 Mountain West Brigham Young 29-29-1 14 14 28 2001 Northeast Central Conn. St. 34-21 FIRST APPEARANCE Ohio Valley Southeast Mo. St. 36-18 1 0 2 1998 Pacific-10 Southern California 34-22 34 164 62 2001 Patriot Navy 22-23 6 2 11 1999 Southeastern Alabama 48-13 11 41 22 2000 Southern Ga. Southern 38-23 10 16 22 2001 Southland Lamar 35-22 9 9 18 1995 Southwestern Southern U. 45-8 4 2 8 2001 Sun Belt New Mexico St. 37-23 FIRST APPEARANCE West Coast San Diego 38-21 FIRST APPEARANCE Western Rice 47-11 7 25 17 2001

At-Large Selections Previous App. Last Team Conference Record Yrs. Won Lost App.

Arizona St. Pacific-10 35-19 25 113 49 2001 Arkansas Southeastern 31-26 14 27 29 1999 Auburn Southeastern 34-24 14 35 31 2001 Baylor Big 12 34-24 9 17 19 2001 Cal St. Fullerton Big West 36-20 23 87 48 2001 Clemson Atlantic Coast 47-14 27 70 56 2001 Elon Big South 34-21 FIRST APPEARANCE Florida Southeastern 43-17 19 47 40 2001 Fla. Atlantic Atlantic Sun 43-18 2 3 4 2000 Florida Int'l Sun Belt 41-18 7 8 15 2001 Georgia Southeastern 30-27 4 18 11 2001 Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 46-14 18 37 36 2001 Houston Conference USA 44-15 13 20 27 2001 James Madison Colonial 43-14 5 6 10 1995 Long Beach St. Big West 37-19 12 34 26 2001 La.-Lafayette Sun Belt 37-21 8 14 17 2000 LSU Southeastern 40-19 17 90 31 2001 Louisville Conference USA 39-16 FIRST APPEARANCE Miami (Fla.) Independent 30-26 30 137 62 2001 Nebraska Big 12 42-18 5 9 10 2001 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 40-19 16 35 35 2000 Oklahoma Big 12 35-25 25 53 47 2000 Richmond Atlantic 10 49-10 6 6 12 1999 San Jose St. Western 45-15 3 8 8 2000 South Alabama Sun Belt 41-17 20 30 40 2001 South Carolina Southeastern 48-14 17 54 36 2001 South Fla. Conference USA 33-27 9 7 18 2001 Southwest Mo. St. Missouri Valley 41-19 5 6 10 1999 Stanford Pacific-10 40-16 22 96 49 2001 Stetson Atlantic Sun 42-17 10 13 20 2001 Texas Tech Big 12 41-18 7 12 14 2001 Tulane Conference USA 35-25 13 20 27 2001 Wake Forest Atlantic Coast 44-11-1 9 30 19 2001 Washington Pacific-10 30-25-1 5 12 10 1998

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