The field of 64 teams competing for the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
The national top eight seeds are Florida (42-18), UCLA (42-14), Florida St. (43-15), Baylor (44-14), Oregon (42-17), North Carolina (44-14), LSU (43-16) and South Carolina (40-17).
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) led all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with eight, while the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has seven institutions. The Pacific-12 had five and the Big 12 and Conference USA each has four selected.
Making the tournament for the first time are Dayton of the Atlantic 10 Conference and Samford of the Southern Conference. Overall, 37 of the 64 teams were in the field last year.
Miami (Florida) is in the field for the 40th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 35th straight appearance, second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks: Cal State Fullerton (21), Rice (18) and Oral Roberts (15).
Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 1, to Monday, June 4 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.NCAA.com/cws, Monday, June 4 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET).
The 66th Men’s College World Series begins play Friday, June 15, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.
A complete bracket, including records and match-ups, is attached.
OTHER SELECTION INFORMATION
FIELD BY CONFERENCE (30)
Southeastern 8 (Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi St., South Carolina, Vanderbilt)
Atlantic Coast 7 [Clemson, Florida St, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), North Carolina, North Carolina St., Virginia]
Pacific-12 5 (Arizona, Oregon, Oregon St., Stanford, UCLA)
Big 12 4 (Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas A&M)
Conference USA 4 (UAB, East Carolina, Rice, UCF)
Missouri Valley 3 (Creighton, Indiana St., Missouri St.)
Southern 3 (Appalachian St., Col. of Charleston, Samford)
Big East 2 [Louisville, St. John’s (NY)]
Big Ten 2 (Michigan St., Purdue)
Mountain West 2 (New Mexico, TCU)
Southland 2 (Sam Houston St., Texas-Arlington)
West Coast 2 (Pepperdine, San Diego)
Western Athletic 2 (Fresno St., New Mexico St.)
America East 1 (Stony Brook)
Atlantic Sun 1 (Belmont)
Atlantic 10 1 (Dayton)
Big South 1 (Coastal Caro.)
Big West 1 (Cal St. Fullerton)
Colonial 1 (UNC Wilmington)
Horizon 1 (Valparaiso)
Independent 1 (Dallas Baptist)
Ivy 1 (Cornell)
Metro Atlantic 1 (Manhattan)
Mid-American 1 (Kent St.)
Mid-Eastern 1 (Bethune-Cookman)
Northeast 1 (Scared Heart)
Ohio Valley 1 (Austin Peay)
Patriot 1 (Army)
Southwestern 1 (Prairie View)
Summit 1 (Oral Roberts)
Sun Belt 1 (La.-Monroe)
Thirty-seven of the 64 teams were in the 2011 field. Two teams are making the field for the first time in the program’s history: Dayton and Samford.
Five teams are making the field for the first time in over 25 years. Valparaiso last made the field in 1968; Cornell last made the field in 1977; Michigan St. last made the field in 1979; Appalachian St. last made the field in 1986; Purdue last made the field in 1987.
Miami (FL) is in the field for the 40th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida St. is making its 35th straight appearance, which ranks second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks include Cal St. Fullerton (21), Rice (18) and Oral Roberts (15).