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Brian Foley is the founder and Lead Editor of College Baseball Daily since its inception in 2005. He has covered two CWS, multiple NCAA Baseball Regionals, and other special events across the country. In addition to his duties with College Baseball Daily, he has covered games for Inside Lacrosse and been featured in USA Today, Wall Street Journal among other publications. He can be contacted by email at editor at collegebaseballdaily.com and followed on Twitter @BFoley82.

Houston Regional full of familiar faces

Because there are fewer than six degrees of separation between Rice coach Wayne Graham and New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra, it isn’t a wild assumption to believe Graham muttered, “It’s like déjà vu all over again” upon first glance at the Houston Regional field.

The NCAA baseball selection committee on Monday announced the pairings for the 64-team NCAA Tournament, and the four-team Houston Regional features three returnees from 2006: Rice (49-12), Baylor (34-25) and Prairie View (34-23).

The newcomer is TCU (46-12), which Rice has played six times in the past three seasons, including a three-game set at Reckling Park in 2005.

“It’s a solid regional,” said Graham, whose Owls are the No. 2 national seed and will host the Houston Regional at Reckling. (Vanderbilt is the tourney’s No. 1 seed.)

“We played them all. TCU has great talent, and Baylor is on the upswing after finishing second in the Big 12 tournament. Prairie View has everybody back. They present a problem. They seem to play extremely well against us.”

Outside of the lack of creativity on the part of the committee, few could quarrel with the bracketing of the regional.

CHRONICLE: Complete story

Six Big 12 Schools Earn Places in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship!


Texas (44-15) earns a top seed in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Baylor, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M also hold spots in the 64-team bracket.

Big 12.com

Texas (44-15), which was selected to host an NCAA regional for the 23rd time, was named the No. 1 seed for the regional in Round Rock. The Longhorns will be joined by No. 2 seed UC Irvine (40-15-1), No. 3 seed Wake Forest (33-27) and No. 4 seed Brown (27-19).

TexasSports.com

The Texas A&M baseball team will host Louisiana-Lafayette, Ohio State, and Le Moyne in the NCAA College Station Regional this weekend the NCAA announced on Monday

Texas A&M

The University of Missouri has been chosen as one of 16 schools to play host to NCAA Baseball Regional action, as announced today by the NCAA. The 11th-ranked Tiger baseball team, which finished second in the Big 12 Conference this season and sports a 40-16 overall record, will play host to a four-team, double-elimination tournament June 1st-4th at Taylor Stadium, with the winner advancing to a Super Regional site to be determined.

The 64-team field was announced on Monday. Joining the Tigers in the Columbia Regional will be Miami, Louisville and Kent State. Mizzou is the No. 1 seed in the regional and will face Kent State at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Miami and Louisville will play at 1 p.m.
Missouri Tigers

Baylor’s baseball team received its 14th invitation to the NCAA Tournament, the Division I Tournament Selection Committee announced Monday morning. The Bears are the No. 3 seed at the Houston Regional, hosted by Rice University at Reckling Park. Baylor faces second-seeded and 16th-ranked TCU in the first round Friday, June 1, at 2 p.m. CDT.

Baylor Bears

The Nebraska baseball team will make its eighth NCAA Regional appearance in the last nine years this week, as the Huskers will travel to Arizona for the NCAA Tempe Regional.

The Huskers (30-25), who finished fourth in the Big 12, will take on Big West Conference champion UC Riverside (37-19) in Friday’s first match-up at 4 p.m. (central) from Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

Arizona State (43-13) is the region’s top seed and the No. 5 National Seed in the NCAA Tournament. They will take on Northeast Conference champion Monmouth (36-22-1) at 9 p.m. (central).

Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Oklahoma State Cowboys were awarded a No. 3 seed in the 2007 NCAA Fayetteville Regional in Fayetteville, Ark., it was announced Monday.

OSU finished third in the Big 12 Conference regular-season standings and will bring a 38-19 overall record into the the tournament. Joining the Cowboys in Fayetteville are host and top-seeded Arkansas, who owns a 41-19 record and is also the No. 7 national seed, along with second-seeded Creighton (44-14) and fourth-seeded Albany (29-27).

Oklahoma State Cowboys


C-USA lands four in NCAA Tournament

Conference USA has received four bids to the 2007 NCAA Baseball Championship, as announced by the Division I baseball committee on Monday. Rice will host the Houston Regional as the No. 2 national seed, while East Carolina will be the No. 2 seed in Chapel Hill, N.C., Southern Miss will be the No. 2 seed in Oxford, Miss. and Memphis will travel up the road to Nashville, Tenn. where it will compete as the No. 3 seed. Only the ACC (7), Big 12 (6) and SEC (5) had more selections than C-USA.

Rice (49-12) owns the fourth-best record in college baseball and is the No.2 ranked team in the latest polls. The Owls won the regular season Conference USA title with a 22-2 league record for the second straight year and followed that up by winning the C-USA Tournament in Greenville, N.C. with a 16-8 victory over host East Carolina on Sunday. Rice will be hosting a regional for the sixth time in seven years as it makes its 13th consecutive NCAA appearance. For the second straight year, the Owls will open regional play against SWAC champion Prairie View A&M (34-23) in its first game on Friday. Rice won the only regular season meeting between the teams, 5-4 on April 3. The Owls will then play one of two former Southwest Conference rivals in No. 2 seed TCU (46-12), Mountain West Conference Champions, or No. 3 seed Baylor (34-25), an at-large choice from the Big 12, in the next round.

East Carolina (39-21) returns to the NCAA Championship for the eighth time in nine seasons as the C-USA tournament runner-up heads down the road to Chapel Hill, N.C. The Pirates will play Western Carolina (40-18), an at-large choice from the Southern Conference, in the Chapel Hill regional. ECU defeated WCU, 3-2 on March 4 in Greenville. Host North Carolina (48-12), the number three national seed, will play Atlantic Sun Conference tournament champion Jacksonville (34-26), in the other Friday game in that regional.

Southern Miss (38-21) will be playing in the NCAA Championship for the fifth consecutive season. The second-seeded Golden Eagles are matched up with third-seeded Troy (34-25) for the second year in a row. Southern Miss dropped their only regular season meeting with the Trojans, falling 3-2 on February 25 in the Wiregrass Classic in Dothan, Ala. The two teams played a three-game series in Hattiesburg last year, which Southern Miss swept, but Troy defeated the Golden Eagles twice in the Tuscaloosa Regional to eliminate USM. Mississippi (37-23) will play Sam Houston State (38-22), Southland Conference tournament champions, in the other first-day game.

Memphis (36-24) will be making its first NCAA appearance since 1994 and the fifth in school history. Two years after finishing 13-42, the senior-led Tigers will be the No. 3 seed at the Nashville Regional and will face Big Ten Conference regular season champion Michigan (39-16), the No. 2 seed, in its first game. Number one overall national seed Vanderbilt (51-11), regular season and tournament champions of the Southeastern Conference, will square off against Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champion Austin Peay (39-20) in its first day game.

Rice Tournament Central
East Carolina Tournament Central
Southern Miss Tournament Central
Memphis Tournament Central

NCBWA May 28 Division I Poll

From NCBWA RELEASE

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its
tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly
surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the
NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. All 16 2007 NCAA Regional sites are being
hosted by NCBWA Top 30 members.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons
from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 13
conferences (ties for a season-most) among the 293 baseball-playing schools in
the '07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 circuits have had teams in the polls in
'07. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt Southeastern 51-11 1
2 Rice Conference USA 49-12 2
3 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 48-12 4
4 Texas Big 12 44-15 5
5 Arizona State Pacific-10 43-13 6
6 Florida State ACC 47-11 3
7 Virginia ACC 43-14 8
8 San Diego West Coast 43-16 9
9 South Carolina SEC 42-18 7
10 Coastal Carolina Big South 48-11 11
11 Texas A&M Big 12 44-16 13
12 Arizona Pacific-10 40-15 10
13 Arkansas SEC 41-19 17
14 Wichita State Missouri Valley 49-19 3-2 12
15 UC Irvine Big West 40-15-1 16
16 Clemson ACC 38-21 18
17 Missouri Big 12 40-16 14
18 Charlotte Atlantic 10 47-10 20
19 Long Beach State Big West 37-18 21
20 TCU Mountain West 46-12 22
21 Mississippi SEC 37-23 19
22 Oklahoma State Big 12 38-19 15
23 Creighton MVC 44-14 25
24 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 43-15 24
25 Oregon State Pac-10 38-17 23
26 Pepperdine West Coast 35-20 26
27 UC Riverside Big West 37-19 28
28 East Carolina C-USA 39-21 NR
29 NC State ACC 37-21 27
30 Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 40-15 NR

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Cal State Fullerton (33-23), Miami (Fla.) (36-22), Michigan (39-16), Minnesota (40-16), Mississippi State (33-20), Ohio State (37-22), Oklahoma (34-24), Rutgers (41-19), St. John's (40-17), Southern Miss (37-21), Western Carolina (40-18).

Dropped Out: Cal State Fullerton (29), Miami (Fla.) (30)

By conference: Atlantic Coast 5, Big 12 4, Southeastern 4, Big West 3, Pacific-10 3, Conference USA 2, Missouri Valley 2, West Coast 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big South 1, Mid-Continent 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1.


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2007 NCAA Tournament Bracket

The NCAA has released the 64 team field for the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The only major surprise is that Georgia Tech was left on the outside of the tournament field and the Big Ten received two at-large berths with Michigan and Minnesota. The full bracket is available here and The College Baseball Blog will provide full coverage of the tournament through the College World Series.

Vandy wins SEC Title

The Vanderbilt Commodores fought through the loser’s bracket to win the SEC title after knocking off Arkansas 7-4 in the Championship game on Sunday. The Commodores jumped on Razorback starter Dallas Keuchel (6-3) in the first inning when he allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits as he got the loss. The Razorbacks lifted him after the first inning when they brought on Chris Rhoads who pitched an effective five innings while letting up two runs. Tyler Rhoden (4-0) started for Vanderbilt and went 6.2 innings while letting up four runs on seven hits to get the victory. Brett Jacobsen pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season. Ryan Flaherty led the offense for Vandy as he went 2-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. In a losing effort, Jeff Nutt went 3-4 for Arkansas.

News and Notes from Tournament

1) Ryan Flaherty continued his 30 game hitting streak for the Commodores.
2) Jess Todd from Arkansas struck out 17 batters including the first nine batters of the game against South Carolina on Thursday in only eight innings.
3) Vanderbilt is the first team since 1996 when the SEC went to this format to lose their first game of the Tournament and win the Conference Tournament.
4) Vanderbilt is also the first team since Alabama in the 1996 season to win the Regular Season and Conference Tournament titles.

All-SEC Tourney Team

2007 All-Tournament Team

P Jess Todd, Arkansas
P Nick Schmidt, Arkansas
C Shea Robin, Vanderbilt
1B Danny Hamblin, Arkansas
2B Tony Delmonico, Tennessee
3B Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt
SS Ryan Flaherty, Vanderbilt
OF Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt
OF Casey Coon, Arkansas
OF Justin Henry, Ole Miss
DH Jeff Lockwood, Tennessee

Most Valuable Player
Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt

Vandy Recap
Arkansas Recap
SEC Recap

UNC wins ACC Title

The North Carolina Tar Heels won the ACC Championship with a 3-2 victory over Wake Forest. Josh Horton hit a run scoring triple in the eighth inning to bring home Dustin Ackley from second base which broke a 2-2 tie. Luke Putkonen started for the Tar Heels and gave up two runs in 6.2 innings but got a no decision. Matt Danford (5-0) faced one batter to end the seventh inning and got the victory. Andrew Carignan got his 13th save by working the final two innings without allowing a run. Charlie Mellies got the start for the Deacons and went five innings while only giving up one run on four hits. He picked up a no-decision but this was a good sign since Mellies is just coming back from Tommy John surgery. Josh Ellis (5-3) entered the game in the eighth inning and continued his recent struggles as he gave up the winning run on one hit and walked one.

UNC Recap
Wake Forest Recap

Regional Sites Announced

The NCAA has released the 16 regional hosts for the upcoming 64 team tournament. There are no major surprises as Coastal Carolina and San Diego each got a regional. The full release from the NCAA is available here.

Host School and Location of Regional
Arizona St. (43-13), Tempe, Ariz.
Arkansas (41-18), Fayetteville, Ark.
Coastal Caro. (48-11), Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Florida St. (47-11), Tallahassee, Fla.
Long Beach St. (36-18), Long Beach, Calif.
Missouri (40-16), Columbia, Mo.
North Carolina (47-12), Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ole Miss (37-23), Oxford, Miss.
Rice (48-12), Houston, Texas
San Diego (42-16), San Diego, CA (at San Diego State)
South Carolina (42-18), Columbia, S.C.
Texas (44-15), Round Rock, Texas
Texas A&M (43-16), College Station, Texas
Vanderbilt (50-11), Nashville, Tenn
Virginia (43-14), Charlottesville, Va.
Wichita St. (49-19), Wichita, Kan.

C-USA Tournament: Saturday recap

The stage has been set for the championship game in the 2007 Conference USA Baseball Tournament and it’s just as expected – No. 1 vs. No. 2. It’s how they got there that was a surprise.

Rice, ranked No. 2 nationally, No. 1 in RPI and expected to get the top national seed when pairings are announced, saw its 20-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s first game, falling to Memphis 2-1.

The Owls responded by scoring 20 runs on 20 hits in the nightcap, eliminating Memphis 20-9. The 29 combined runs tied a tournament record for most runs in a game.

The Tigers fell to 36-25 and await their postseason fate, which will be announced Monday.

The homestanding Pirates clinched their spot in between those two games, knocking off Tulane (34-26) behind the efforts of Harrison Eldridge and Stephen Batts, by a 9-4 score.

The two teams meet today for the championship at 1 p.m. EDT. The game will be replayed later in the day on CSTV.