May 27, 2013
Illinois and Indiana were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, the NCAA announced on Monday. The Hoosiers earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid after winning the conference tournament and are a No. 1 seed, hosting Regional play in Bloomington, Ind. Illinois earned an at-large selection and are the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional, marking the second straight season that two Big Ten teams have been selected to the field.
Indiana (43-14) gives the Big Ten a regional host for the second consecutive season, following Purdue in 2012, and will open NCAA play against No. 4 Valparaiso (31-26). Also in the Regional are No. 2 Austin Peay (45-13) and No. 3 Florida (29-28). The Hoosiers won their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1932 and their third Big Ten Tournament title. Indiana is making its first NCAA appearance since 2009 and its third overall.
Illinois (34-18) makes its second NCAA appearance in three seasons and 10th overall. The Illini will open play against No. 2 Georgia Tech (34-25). No. 1 Vanderbilt (51-9) and No. 4 East Tennessee State (36-22) are also in the Nashville Regional.
The opening weekend of the NCAA Championship features 16 four-team Regionals in a double-elimination format. Regional play runs from May 31-June 3 with the 16 winners advancing to Super Regionals. The eight two-team Super Regional sites will be determined on Monday, June 3. The 67th Men’s College World Series begins June 15 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.