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Road to the 2019 College World Series: NCAA baseball tournament bracket, scores, schedule

Sporting News — (Jacob Janower)

The bracket has been set and the NCAA baseball tournament is ready to get underway. 

Much like the NCAA basketball tournament, the field consists of 64 schools, which will be whittled down to 16 super regional teams and then eight College World Series competitors, which takes place in Omaha, Neb. Each of the top 16 teams were seeded by the selection committee and will host a regional of four teams each. The top eight seeds are in line to host a super regional, granted they win their regional first.

The winners of each regional will advance to the super regionals for a best-of-three series at the home field of the higher seed of each matchup (June 7-10). The eight winners of the super regionals will then move on to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha (June 15-26).

The 2019 NCAA Tournament field was announced on Monday, May 27, with UCLA (47-8) and Vanderbilt (49-10) given the top two seeds. Defending champion Oregon State (36-18-1) and runner-up Arkansas (41-17) were also among the 16 teams awarded No. 1 seeds.

Below are the top 16 seeds, along with the bracket and schedule for the 2019 NCAA baseball tournament , which begins Friday, May 31.  

2019 College World Series bracket

Bracket 1
Michigan
Arkansas
Florida State
Texas Tech

 

Bracket 2
Vanderbilt
Mississippi State
Auburn
Louisville

NCAA baseball tournament bracket: Super regionals, schedule, scores

Best-of-three series; winners advance to College World Series. 

The following four super regionals will take place from Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9. Game times and TV are subject to change.

*if necessary. All times Eastern.

Michigan (44-19) vs. No. 1 UCLA (51-9)

Michigan advances to College World Series

Game 1 : Michigan 3, UCLA 2
Game 2: UCLA 5, Michigan 4 (12)
Game 3: Michigan 4, UCLA 2

No. 9 Oklahoma State (39-19) vs. No. 8 Texas Tech (42-17)

Texas Tech advances to College World Series

Game 1: Texas Tech 8, Oklahoma State 6
Game 2: Oklahoma State 6, Texas Tech 5
Game 3: Texas Tech 8, Oklahoma State 6

Duke (34-25) vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt (52-10)

Vanderbilt advances to the College World Series

Game 1: Duke 18, Vanderbilt 5
Game 2: Vanderbilt 3, Duke 0
Game 3: Vanderbilt 13, Duke 2

No. 10 East Carolina (47-16) vs. No. 7 Louisville (47-16)

Louisville advances to the College World Series

Game 1: Louisville 14, East Carolina 2
Game 2: Louisville 12, East Carolina 0

The following four super regionals will take place from Saturday, June 8 through Monday, June 10. Game times and TV subject to change.

No. 12 Mississippi (40-25) vs. No. 5 Arkansas (41-17)

Arkansas advances to College World Series

Game 1: Arkansas 11, Mississippi 2
Game 2: Mississippi 13, Arkansas 5
Game 3: Arkansas 14, Mississippi 1

Florida State (39-21) vs. No. 13 LSU (40-24)

LSU advances to College World Series

Game 1: Florida State 6, LSU 4
Game 2: Florida State 5, LSU 4

No. 11 Stanford (44-12) vs. No. 6 Mississippi State (49-13)

Mississippi State advances to College World Series

Game 1: Mississippi State 6, Stanford 2
Game 2: Mississippi State 8, Stanford 1

Auburn (36-25) vs. No. 14 North Carolina (45-17)

Auburn advances to College World Series

Game 1: Auburn 11, North Carolina 7
Game 2: North Carolina 2, Auburn 0
Game 3: Auburn 14, North Carolina 7

NCAA baseball tournament bracket: Regionals, schedule, results

Regionals will be played at these host sites in a double-elimination format from May 31-June 3. The winner of each regional will be matched up in a 1-16 format (No. 1 winner vs. No. 16 winner, No. 2 winner vs. No. 15 winner, etc.) in the super regionals. 

Strikethrough indicates team has been eliminated.

Los Angeles Regional (No. 1 UCLA)

No. 1 UCLA advances to face Michigan

No. 1 UCLA (47-8, Pac-12 champion)
No. 2 Baylor (34-17, at-large)
No. 3 Loyola Marymount (32-23, West Coast champion)
No. 4 Omaha (31-22-1, Summit champion)

Corvallis Regional (No. 16 Oregon State)

No. 3 Michigan advances to face UCLA

No. 1 Oregon State (36-18-1, at-large)
No. 2 Creighton (38-11, Big East champion)
No. 3 Michigan (41-18, at-large)
No. 4 Cincinnati (30-29, AAC champion)

Lubbock Regional (No. 8 Texas Tech)

No. 1 Texas Tech advances to face Oklahoma State

No. 1 Texas Tech (39-17, at-large)
No. 2 Dallas Baptist (41-18, at-large)
No. 3 Florida (33-24, at-large)
No. 4 Army (35-24, Patriot champion)

Oklahoma City Regional (No. 9 Oklahoma State)

No. 1 Oklahoma State advances to face Texas Tech

No. 1 Oklahoma State (36-18, Big 12 champion)
No. 2 UConn (36-23, at-large)
No. 3 Nebraska (31-22, at-large)
No. 4 Harvard (27-14, Ivy champion)

Fayetteville Regional (No. 5 Arkansas)

No. 1 Arkansas advances to face Ole Miss

No. 1 Arkansas (41-17, at-large)
No. 2 California (32-18, at-large)
No. 3 TCU (32-26, at-large)
No. 4 Central Connecticut State (30-21, Northeast champion)

Oxford Regional (No. 12 Mississippi)

No. 1 Ole Miss advances to face Arkansas

No. 1 Ole Miss (37-25, at-large)
No. 2 Illinois (36-19, at-large)
No. 3 Clemson (34-24, at-large)

No. 4 Jacksonville State (37-21, Ohio Valley champion)

Athens Regional (No. 4 Georgia)

No. 3 Florida State advances to face LSU

No. 1 Georgia (44-15, at-large)
No. 2 Florida Atlantic (40-19, at-large)
No. 3 Florida State (36-21, at-large)
No. 4 Mercer (35-27, Southern champion)

Baton Rouge Regional (No. 13 LSU)

No. 1 LSU advances to face Florida State

No. 1 LSU (37-24, at-large)
No. 2 Arizona State (37-17, at-large)
No. 3 Southern Miss (38-19, Conference USA champion)
No. 4 Stony Brook 31-21 (America East champion)

Starkville Regional (No. 6 Mississippi State)

No. 1 Mississippi State advances to face Stanford 

No. 1 Mississippi State (46-13, at-large)
No. 2 Miami (Fla.) (39-18, at-large)
No. 3 Central Michigan (46-12, MAC champion)
No. 4 Southern (32-22, SWAC champion)

Stanford Regional (No. 11 Stanford)

No. 1 Stanford advances to face Mississippi State

No. 1 Stanford (41-11, at-large)
No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (45-9, Big West champion)
No. 3 Fresno State (38-14-1, Mountain West champion)
No. 4 Sacramento State (39-23, WAC champion)

Atlanta Regional (No. 3 Georgia Tech)

No. 2 Auburn advances to face North Carolina

No. 1 Georgia Tech (41-17, at-large)
No. 2 Auburn (33-25, at-large)
No. 3 Coastal Carolina (35-24-1, Sun Belt champion)
No. 4 Florida A&M (27-32, MEAC champion)

Chapel Hill Regional (No. 14 North Carolina)

No. 1 North Carolina advances to face Auburn

No. 1 North Carolina (42-17, ACC champion)
No. 2 Tennessee (38-19, at-large)
No. 3 Liberty (42-19, Atlantic Sun champion)
No. 4 UNC Wilmington (32-29, Colonial champion)

Louisville Regional (No. 7 Louisville)

No. 1 Louisville advances to face East Carolina

No. 1 Louisville (43-15, at-large)
No. 2 Indiana (36-21, at-large)
No. 3 Illinois State (34-24, at-large)
No. 4 Illinois-Chicago (29-21, Horizon champion)

Greenville Regional (No. 10 East Carolina)

No. 1 East Carolina advances to face Louisville

No. 1 East Carolina (43-15, at-large)
No. 2 N.C. State (42-17, at-large)
No. 3 Campbell (35-19, Big South champion)
No. 4 Quinnipiac (29-27, MAAC champion)

Nashville Regional (No. 2 Vanderbilt)

No. 1 Vanderbilt advances to face Duke

No. 1 Vanderbilt (49-10, SEC champion)
No. 2 Indiana State (41-16, Missouri Valley champion)
No. 3 McNeese (35-24, Southland champion)
No. 4 Ohio State (35-25, Big Ten champion)

Morgantown Regional (No. 15 West Virginia)

No. 3 Duke advances to face Vanderbilt

No. 1 West Virginia (37-20, at-large)
No. 2 Texas A&M (37-21-1, at-large)
No. 3 Duke (31-25, at-large)
No. 4 Fordham (38-22, Atlantic-10 champion)

College World Series schedule

After the super regionals (June 7-10), the College World Series will start June 15, with the best-of-three championship series beginning June 24. This section will be updated when the CWS field is set. 

NCAA Tournament players to watch

When looking at impact players in the NCAA Tournament, the first guy that comes to mind is Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, the clear-cut favorite to go No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft. He hit .419 — the second straight year he has batted over .400 — to go along with 17 home runs and a .580 OBP for the Beavers this season. 

Other top ten MLB Draft prospects  who are competing in the NCAA Tournament include a pair of Pac-12 sluggers: Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn (.387/.549/.728) and Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop (.347 AVG, 22 home runs). Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday (26 home runs, 1.219 OPS), Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers (.304/.372/.485) and TCU pitcher Nick Lodolo (2.48 ERA, 125Ks in 98 IP) are also hot draft prospects to keep an eye on. 

16 of the 25 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists will be in the NCAA Tournament, a list that includes Rutschman, Vaughn, Bishop and Bleday. Mississippi State (OF Jake Mangum, P Ethan Small) and Texas A&M (Ps John Doxakis, Asa Lacy) are among the tournament teams with multiple semifinalists in action. 

College World Series past champions

USC holds the record for most College World Series titles with 12. LSU (6), Texas (6) and Arizona State (5) are right behind the Trojans, although LSU's 2009 title is the most recent of any of the four teams. The Longhorns have made 36 CWS appearances, more than any other school. Here are the results of the previous 10 College World Series.

Year Winner Runner-Up Most Outstanding Player
2019TBD......
2018Oregon StateArkansasC Adley Rutschman
2017FloridaLSUP Alex Faedo
2016Coastal CarolinaArizonaP Andrew Beckwith
2015VirginiaVanderbiltP Josh Sborz
2014VanderbiltVirginiaSS Dansby Swanson
2013UCLAMississippi StateP Adam Plutko
2012ArizonaSouth CarolinaOF Rob Refsnyder
2011South CarolinaFlorida2B Scott Wingo
2010South CarolinaUCLAOF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2009LSUTexasOF Jared Mitchell