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Hurricanes don't host NCAA baseball regional -- no surprise

     The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee on Sunday revealed the 16 schools, with their corresponding sites, that will be hosts for the 65th annual Division I Baseball Championship that begins this weekend.

       As expected, the University of Miami (36-21), which has been host to the first-round regional part of the tournament 23 times but did not get into the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final, was not selected. FIU (40-18-1), which lost to Arkansas-Little Rock in the Sun Belt championship game Sunday, also will travel to its regional.

    The complete first-round regional pairings and site assignments won’t be announced until Monday.

      The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records: Georgia Tech (40-19), Atlanta; Texas (43-15), Austin; Cal State Fullerton (39-15), Fullerton; North Carolina (45-14), Chapel Hill; Virginia (48-9), Charlottesville; Clemson (41-18), Clemson, S.C.; Texas A&M (41-18), College Station; South Carolina (45-14), Columbia; Oregon State (38-16), Corvallis; TCU (42-17), Fort Worth; Florida (44-16), Gainesville; Rice (41-19, Houston); UCLA (33-21), Los Angeles; Vanderbilt (47-9), Nashville; Florida State (42-16), Tallahassee; Arizona State (38-16), Tempe.

     Several of the host schools listed above play late Sunday in their conference tournaments.

   For those who don't know, a school is not allowed to play in a regional hosted by a team in its own conference. Since the Atlantic Coast Conference led all leagues with five schools selected to host, that leaves a possibility of 11 sites for Miami. However, since the Canes will likely be a No. 2 seed, there are certain schools more likely than others that might get them in their regional.

   Each regional field features four teams that play in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals will begin Friday and run through Sunday or Monday, June 6. Some possibilities for the Canes among the 11 sites: South Carolina in Columbia, Texas A&M at College Station, Oregon State in Corvallis (groan! Too far), Rice in Houston, Arizona State in Tempe (another groan! Too far).

   The Canes also could be sent to Gainesville, of course, as well as Cal State Fullerton (no way!), TCU in Dallas, UCLA in Los Angeles (no way!), Texas in Austin or Vanderbilt in Nashville.

      The remaining at-large teams, top eight national seeds and full 64-team field will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

    Tune in tomorrow.

   --SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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