The field of 64 has been announced for the 2013 College World Series which begins with the regional round this coming weekend. With the announcement of the field came the announcement of the Top 8 national seeds which is lead by the University of North Carolina (52-8).
UNC won the ACC tournament this past weekend defeating Virginia Tech in the championship game to earn the #1 overall seed in the College World Series. The Tar Heels will host a regional, and if they advance a super regional.
Following up North Carolina are, in order, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State, and Oregon. All of the Top 8 national seeds will host a regional and a super regional should they advance.
Some of the biggest names in college baseball didn’t make the tournament this year including defending champion Arizona (34-21). Also missing the CWS this year was Texas, who didn’t even make the Big 12 tournament.
Miami (36-23), the only #1 national seed to ever win the title in 1999, made the tournament for the 41st consecutive year to extend its own record. Florida State (44-15) is making its 36th straight appearance as well.
Of the 64 tournament teams, thirty-one were in the CWS last year.
Several teams are making their first appearance including Canisius, Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, Savannah State, and Bryant who made it in its first year of eligibility.
Bowling Green (24-29) is the only team in the field with a losing record but advanced by winning the Mid-America Conference tournament and receiving the automatic bid.
But perhaps the biggest story of the tournament comes from Towson (29-28). Due to financial problems and in support of the gender-equity imbalance, the Towson baseball and soccer team were destined to be eliminated as programs from the school. That was until the governor stepped in and found $300,000 in funding to save the baseball program for at least two years. The soccer team was not saved unfortunately.
The regional round begins this coming weekend as the 16 four-team, double-elimination rounds. You can find the full bracket of all the teams in the tournament below.