May 26, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Indiana, which earned the No. 4 national seed, and Nebraska were selected to the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship it was announced on Monday, marking the third straight year multiple Big Ten teams will appear in the postseason.
The Hoosiers become the first Big Ten team to earn a national seed since the NCAA began seeding the top eight in 1999. Indiana will host regional play this weekend, as well as a super regional should it advance through the opening weekend. Nebraska is the No. 2 seed in the Stillwater Regional.
Indiana (42-13) will be making its fourth appearance in the NCAA field and second consecutive. The Hoosiers will host the Bloomington Regional this weekend and will take on No. 4 Youngstown State (16-36) in their opening tournament game on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The Hoosiers completed the 2014 season having won their second straight Big Ten and Big Ten Tournament Championships. No. 2 Indiana State (35-16) and No. 3 Stanford (30-23) make up the other half of the Bloomington Regional.
Nebraska (40-19) advances to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2008 and will make its 13th overall appearance in the field. The Huskers open postseason play against No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (32-22) at 1 p.m., with coverage on ESPNU. Also appearing in the Stillwater Regional are No. 1 and host Oklahoma State (45-16) and No. 4 Binghamton (25-25).
The opening weekend of the NCAA Championship features 16 four-team regionals in a double-elimination format. Regional play runs from May 30-June 2 with the 16 winners advancing to super regionals. The eight two-team super regional sites will be determined on June 2, with play scheduled for June 6-8 or June 7-9 in best-of-three series.
The College World Series will take place June 14-25 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., which served as the host site for the Big Ten Baseball Tournament last weekend. Sunday's championship game between Nebraska and Indiana set an NCAA record for largest single-game conference tournament attendance of 19,965, while the tournament's total attendance of 62,020 set a Big Ten Tournament record.
Bloomington Regional hosted by Indiana
#1 Indiana (42-13) vs. #4 Youngstown State (16-36), 7 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Indiana State (35-16) vs. #3 Stanford (30-23), 2 p.m., ESPN3
Stillwater Regional hosted by Oklahoma State
#1 Oklahoma State (45-16) vs. #4 Binghamton (25-25), 7 p.m., ESPN3
#2 Nebraska (40-19) vs. #3 Cal State Fullerton (32-22), 1 p.m., ESPNU