2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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2018 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
2018 NCAA College World Series baseball logo.svg
Season2018
Teams64
Finals site
ChampionsOregon State Beavers (3rd title)
Runner-upArkansas Razorbacks (9th CWS Appearance)
Winning coachPat Casey (3rd title)
TelevisionESPN

The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on Friday, June 1, 2018 as part of the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64-team, double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2018 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting on June 16 and ended on June 28.[1] Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the best-of-three final series to win the championship.

The 64 participating NCAA Division I college baseball teams were selected out of an eligible 298 teams.[2] Thirty-one teams will be awarded an automatic bid as champions of their conferences, and 33 teams will be selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

Teams were divided into sixteen regionals of four teams, which conducted a double-elimination tournament. Regional champions competed in Super Regionals, a best-of-three-game series, to determine the eight participants in the College World Series.[1] For the first time, the Tournament seeded the top 16 teams instead of pairing teams generally along geographical lines.[3]

Bids[edit]

Automatic bids[edit]

School Conference Record (Conf) Berth Last NCAA Appearance
Hartford America East 26–29 (17–8) Tournament First Appearance
East Carolina American 43–16 (15–10) Tournament 2016 (Lubbock Super Regional)
Florida State ACC 43–17 (16–13) Tournament 2017 (College World Series)
Stetson Atlantic Sun 45–11 (15–3) Tournament 2016 (Coral Gables Regional)
Saint Louis Atlantic 10 38–18 (20–4) Tournament 2013 (Columbia Regional)
Baylor Big 12 36–19 (14–11) Tournament 2017 (Houston Regional)
St. John's Big East 39–15 (15–3) Tournament 2017 (Clemson Regional)
Campbell Big South 35–24 (22–6) Tournament 2014 (Columbia Regional)
Minnesota Big Ten 40–13 (18–4) Tournament 2016 (College Station Regional)
Cal State Fullerton Big West 32–23 (18–6) Regular Season 2017 (College World Series)
UNC Wilmington Colonial 37–21 (14–9) Tournament 2016 (Columbia Regional)
Southern Miss Conference USA 43–16 (23–6) Tournament 2017 (Hattiesburg Regional)
Wright State Horizon 39–15 (23–6) Tournament 2016 (Louisville Regional)
Columbia Ivy League 20–27 (13–8) Championship Series 2015 (Coral Gables Regional)
Canisius Metro Atlantic 35–20 (16–8) Tournament 2015 (Springfield Regional)
Kent State Mid-American 39–16 (19–8) Tournament 2014 (Louisville Regional)
North Carolina A&T Mid-Eastern 32–23 (16–8) Tournament 2005 (Clemson Regional)
Missouri State Missouri Valley 39–15 (18–3) Tournament 2017 (Fort Worth Super Regional)
San Diego State Mountain West 39–19 (19–12) Tournament 2017 (Long Beach Regional)
LIU Brooklyn Northeast 31–24 (16–12) Tournament 1972 (Princeton District)
Morehead State Ohio Valley 37–24 (20–12) Tournament 2015 (Louisville Regional)
Stanford Pac-12 44–10 (22–8) Regular Season 2017 (Palo Alto Regional)
Army Patriot 35–22 (18–7) Tournament 2013 (Charlottesville Regional)
Ole Miss Southeastern 46–15 (18–12) Tournament 2016 (Oxford Regional)
Samford Southern 36–24 (16–8) Tournament 2012 (Tallahassee Regional)
Northwestern State Southland 37–22 (18–12) Tournament 2005 (Baton Rouge Regional)
Texas Southern Southwestern Athletic 27–26 (17–6) Tournament 2017 (Baton Rouge Regional)
Oral Roberts Summit 38–18 (24–6) Tournament 2017 (Fayetteville Regional)
Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 42–17 (23–7) Tournament 2016 (National Champions)
Gonzaga West Coast 32–22 (16–11) Tournament 2016 (Fort Worth Regional)
New Mexico State Western Athletic 40–20 (17–7) Tournament 2012 (Tucson Regional)

By conference[edit]

Conference Total Schools
SEC 10 Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt
ACC 6 NC State, Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina
Big 12 5 Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor
American 4 East Carolina, Houston, South Florida, Connecticut
Big Ten 4 Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue
Pac-12 4 Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, Washington
Atlantic Sun 2 Stetson, Jacksonville
Colonial 2 Northeastern, UNC Wilmington
Conference USA 2 Southern Miss, Florida Atlantic
Missouri Valley 2 Missouri State, Dallas Baptist
Ohio Valley 2 Tennessee Tech, Morehead State
Sun Belt 2 Coastal Carolina, Troy
America East 1 Hartford
Atlantic 10 1 Saint Louis
Big East 1 St. John's
Big South 1 Campbell
Big West 1 Cal State Fullerton
Horizon 1 Wright State
Ivy 1 Columbia
MAAC 1 Canisius
Mid-American 1 Kent State
MEAC 1 North Carolina A&T
Mountain West 1 San Diego State
NEC 1 LIU Brooklyn
Patriot 1 Army
Southern 1 Samford
Southland 1 Northwestern State
Summit 1 Oral Roberts
SWAC 1 Texas Southern
West Coast 1 Gonzaga
WAC 1 New Mexico State

National seeds[edit]

16 National Seeds were announced on the Selection Show Monday, May 28 at 12 p.m. EDT on ESPNU. The 16 national seeds host the Regionals. Teams in italics advanced to Super Regionals. Teams in bold advanced to College World Series.

Regionals and Super Regionals[edit]

Bold indicates winner. Seeds for regional tournaments indicate seeds within regional. Seeds for super regional tournaments indicate national seeds only.

Gainesville Super Regional[edit]

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Florida 13  
4 Columbia 5  
  1 Florida 3  
  2 Jacksonville 2  
3 Florida Atlantic 3
2 Jacksonville 5  
  1 Florida 4 5  
Gainesville Regional – Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
  3 Florida Atlantic 7 2  
4 Columbia 2  
3 Florida Atlantic 11  
  3 Florida Atlantic 12
  2 Jacksonville 7  
  1 Florida 8 2 3
  Auburn 2 3 211
1 NC State 1  
4 Army 5  
  4 Army 1
  2 Auburn 12  
3 Northeastern 4
2 Auburn 13  
  2 Auburn 15
Raleigh Regional – Doak Field
  1 NC State 7  
1 NC State 9  
3 Northeastern 3  
  1 NC State 11
  4 Army 1  

Lubbock Super Regional[edit]

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Georgia 18  
4 Campbell 5  
  1 Georgia 11  
  3 Troy 7  
3 Troy 6
2 Duke 0  
  1 Georgia 5 4  
Athens Regional – Foley Field
  2 Duke 8 8  
4 Campbell 8  
2 Duke 16  
  2 Duke 15
  3 Troy 6  
  Duke 4 11 2
  9 Texas Tech 6 2 6
1 Texas Tech 9  
4 New Mexico State 2  
  1 Texas Tech 10
  2 Louisville 4  
3 Kent State 6
2 Louisville 13  
  1 Texas Tech 11
Lubbock Regional – Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
  2 Louisville 6  
4 New Mexico State 1  
3 Kent State 2  
  3 Kent State 6
  2 Louisville 12  

Fayetteville Super Regional[edit]

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Arkansas 10  
4 Oral Roberts 2  
  1 Arkansas 10  
  2 Southern Miss 2  
3 Dallas Baptist 0
2 Southern Miss 9  
  1 Arkansas 4  
Fayetteville Regional – Baum Stadium
  3 Dallas Baptist 3  
4 Oral Roberts 9  
3 Dallas Baptist 18  
  3 Dallas Baptist 9
  2 Southern Miss 4  
  5 Arkansas 9 5 14
  South Carolina 3 8 4
1 East Carolina 16  
4 UNC Wilmington 7  
  1 East Carolina 2
  2 South Carolina 4  
3 Ohio State 3
2 South Carolina 8  
  2 South Carolina 8
Greenville Regional – Clark–LeClair Stadium
  4 UNC Wilmington 4  
4 UNC Wilmington 4  
3 Ohio State 313  
  4 UNC Wilmington 9
  1 East Carolina 7  

Austin Super Regional[edit]

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Ole Miss 9  
4 Saint Louis 2  
  1 Ole Miss 9  
  2 Tennessee Tech 8  
3 Missouri State 4
2 Tennessee Tech 6  
  1 Ole Miss 5 2  
Oxford Regional – Swayze Field
  2 Tennessee Tech 15 3  
4 Saint Louis 8  
3 Missouri State 9  
  3 Missouri State 1
  2 Tennessee Tech 2  
  Tennessee Tech 5 2 2
  13 Texas 4 4 5
1 Texas 10  
4 Texas Southern 0  
  1 Texas 8
  3 Texas A&M 3  
3 Texas A&M 10
2 Indiana 3  
  1 Texas 3
Austin Regional – UFCU Disch–Falk Field
  2 Indiana 2  
4 Texas Southern 0  
2 Indiana 6  
  2 Indiana 9
  3 Texas A&M 7  

Corvallis Super Regional[edit]

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Oregon State 9  
4 Northwestern State 3  
  1 Oregon State 14  
  2 LSU 1  
3 San Diego State 4
2 LSU 6  
  1 Oregon State 12  
Corvallis Regional – Goss Stadium at Coleman Field
  2 LSU 0  
4 Northwestern State 9  
3 San Diego State 0  
  4 Northwestern State 5
  2 LSU 9  
  3 Oregon State 8 6
  14 Minnesota 1 3
1 Minnesota 10  
4 Canisius 1  
  1 Minnesota 3
  2 UCLA 210  
3 Gonzaga 5
2 UCLA 6  
  1 Minnesota 13
Minneapolis Regional – Siebert Field
  2 UCLA 8  
4 Canisius 2  
3 Gonzaga 8  
  3 Gonzaga 4
  2 UCLA 10  

Chapel Hill Super Regional[edit]

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 North Carolina 11  
4 North Carolina A&T 0  
  1 North Carolina 4  
  3 Houston 3  
3 Houston 9
2 Purdue 1  
  1 North Carolina 19  
Chapel Hill Regional – Boshamer Stadium
  3 Houston 11  
4 North Carolina A&T 4  
2 Purdue 14  
  2 Purdue 4
  3 Houston 8  
  6 North Carolina 7 7
  11 Stetson 4 5
1 Stetson 8  
4 Hartford 3  
  1 Stetson 10
  3 Oklahoma State 3  
3 Oklahoma State 9
2 South Florida 2  
  1 Stetson 11
DeLand Regional – Melching Field at Conrad Park
  3 Oklahoma State 1  
4 Hartford 4  
2 South Florida 911  
  2 South Florida 1
  3 Oklahoma State 6  

Nashville Super Regional[edit]

Hosted by Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Florida State 6  
4 Samford 7  
  4 Samford 0  
  3 Oklahoma 4  
3 Oklahoma 20
2 Mississippi State 10  
  3 Oklahoma 5 1  
Tallahassee Regional – Dick Howser Stadium
  2 Mississippi State 13 8  
1 Florida State 2  
2 Mississippi State 3  
  2 Mississippi State 9
  4 Samford 8  
  Mississippi State 10 3 10
  Vanderbilt 8 4 611
1 Clemson 4  
4 Morehead State 310  
  1 Clemson 3
  2 Vanderbilt 4  
3 St. John's 0
2 Vanderbilt 2  
  2 Vanderbilt 19
Clemson Regional – Doug Kingsmore Stadium
  1 Clemson 6  
4 Morehead State 5  
3 St. John's 11  
  3 St. John's 8
  1 Clemson 9  

Fullerton Super Regional[edit]

Hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field

  Regional Regional Regional Final Super Regional
                                           
1 Stanford 4  
4 Wright State 313  
  1 Stanford 1  
  3 Cal State Fullerton 2  
3 Cal State Fullerton 6
2 Baylor 2  
  3 Cal State Fullerton 5  
Stanford Regional – Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
  1 Stanford 2  
4 Wright State 5  
2 Baylor 11  
  2 Baylor 2
  1 Stanford 4  
  Cal State Fullerton 5 5 5
  Washington 8 2 610
1 Coastal Carolina 16  
4 LIU Brooklyn 1  
  1 Coastal Carolina 6
  3 Washington 11  
3 Washington 7
2 Connecticut 1  
  3 Washington 9
Conway Regional – Springs Brooks Stadium
  2 Connecticut 6  
4 LIU Brooklyn 3  
2 Connecticut 10  
  2 Connecticut 6
  1 Coastal Carolina 5  

College World Series[edit]

The College World Series was held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach Previous CWS Appearances Best CWS Finish CWS Record
Not including this year
Arkansas SEC 44–19 (18–12) Dave Van Horn 8
(last: 2015)
2nd
(1979)
11–16
Florida SEC 47–19 (20–10) Kevin O'Sullivan 11
(last: 2017)
1st
(2017)
19–22
Mississippi State SEC 37–27 (15–15) Gary Henderson 9
(last: 2013)
2nd
(2013)
10–18
North Carolina ACC 43–18 (22–8) Mike Fox 10
(last: 2013)
2nd
(2006, 2007)
17–21
Oregon State Pac-12 49–10–1 (20–9–1) Pat Casey 6
(last: 2017)
1st
(2006, 2007)
15–10
Texas Big 12 42–21 (17–7) David Pierce 35
(last: 2014)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002, 2005)
85–59
Texas Tech Big 12 44–16 (15–9) Tim Tadlock 2
(last: 2016)
5th
(2016)
1–4
Washington Pac-12 35–24 (20–10) Lindsay Meggs none none 0–0

Bracket[edit]

Seeds listed below indicate national seeds only

  First Round Second Round Semifinals Championship
                                           
1 Florida 3  
9 Texas Tech 6  
  9 Texas Tech 4  
  5 Arkansas 7  
5 Arkansas 11
13 Texas 5  
  5 Arkansas 5  
  1 Florida 2  
1 Florida 6  
13 Texas 1  
  1 Florida 9
  9 Texas Tech 6  
  5 Arkansas 4 3 0
  3 Oregon State 1 5 5
3 Oregon State 6  
6 North Carolina 8  
  6 North Carolina 2
  Mississippi State 12  
Mississippi State 1
Washington 0  
  Mississippi State 2 2
  3 Oregon State 12 5  
3 Oregon State 14  
Washington 5  
  3 Oregon State 11
  6 North Carolina 6  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winning team Score Losing team Winning pitcher Losing pitcher Save Notes
June 16 Game 1 North Carolina 8–6 Oregon State Caden O'Brien (7–0) Luke Heimlich (16–2) Cooper Criswell (1) Longest 9-inning game in CWS history
(4 hours, 24 minutes)[4]
Game 2 Mississippi State 1–0 Washington Zach Neff (4–3) Alex Hardy (5–3)
June 17 Game 3 Arkansas 11–5 Texas Blaine Knight (13–0) Nolan Kingham (8–5)
Game 4 Texas Tech 6–3 Florida Ryan Shetter (6–0) Brady Singer (12–2)
June 18 Game 5 Oregon State 14–5 Washington Kevin Abel (5–1) Alex Hardy (5–4) Washington eliminated
June 19 Game 6 Mississippi State 12–2 North Carolina Konnor Pilkington (3–6) Austin Bergner (7–3) Cole Gordon (4) Postponed from June 18 due to rain
Game 7 Florida 6–1 Texas Jackson Kowar (10–5) Blair Henley (6–7) Texas eliminated
June 20 Game 8 Arkansas 7–4 Texas Tech Barrett Loseke (4–2) Davis Martin (7–6) Postponed from June 19 due to rain
Game 9 Oregon State 11–6 North Carolina Jake Mulholland (2–2) Brett Daniels (4–2) North Carolina eliminated
June 21 Game 10 Florida 9–6 Texas Tech Jack Leftwich (5–5) Caleb Kilian (9–3) Michael Byrne (16) Texas Tech eliminated
June 22 Game 11 Oregon State 12–2 Mississippi State Brandon Eisert (5–3) Jacob Billingsley (5–4)
Game 12 Arkansas 5–2 Florida Isaiah Campbell (5–6) Brady Singer (12–3) Matt Cronin (13) Florida eliminated
June 23 Game 13 Oregon State 5–2 Mississippi State Kevin Abel (6–1) Ethan Small (5–4) Mississippi State eliminated
Finals
June 26 Game 1 Arkansas 4–1 Oregon State Blaine Knight (14–0) Luke Heimlich (16–3) Matt Cronin (14) Postponed from June 25 due to rain
June 27 Game 2 Oregon State 5–3 Arkansas Kevin Abel (7–1) Matt Cronin (2–2) Jake Mulholland (16)
June 28 Game 3 Oregon State 5–0 Arkansas Kevin Abel (8−1) Isaiah Campbell (5–7) Oregon State wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were members of the College World Series All-Tournament Team.[5]

Position Player School
P Kevin Abel Oregon State
Blaine Knight Arkansas
1B Jared Gates Arkansas
2B Hunter Stovall Mississippi State
3B Casey Martin Arkansas
SS Cadyn Grenier Oregon State
OF Dominic Fletcher Arkansas
Heston Kjerstad Arkansas
Trevor Larnach Oregon State
DH Tyler Malone Oregon State
C & MOP Adley Rutschman Oregon State

Final standings[edit]

Seeds listed below indicate national seeds only

Place School Record
1st No. 3 Oregon State 11–2
2nd No. 5 Arkansas 9–3
3rd No. 1 Florida 7–4
Mississippi State 8–4
5th No. 6 North Carolina 6–2
No. 9 Texas Tech 6–3
7th No. 13 Texas 5–3
Washington 5–3
9th Auburn 4–2
Cal State Fullerton 4–2
Duke 5–3
No. 14 Minnesota 3–2
South Carolina 4–2
No. 11 Stetson 3–2
Tennessee Tech 5–3
Vanderbilt 4–2
17th No. 10 Clemson 2–2
Connecticut 2–2
Dallas Baptist 2–2
Florida Atlantic 3–2
No. 8 Georgia 2–2
Houston 2–2
Indiana 2–2
Louisville 2–2
LSU 2–2
No. 16 NC State 2–2
Oklahoma 2–2
Oklahoma State 2–2
No. 4 Ole Miss 2–2
No. 2 Stanford 2–2
UCLA 2–2
UNC Wilmington 2–2
33rd Army 1–2
Baylor 1–2
No. 15 Coastal Carolina 1–2
No. 12 East Carolina 1–2
Gonzaga 1–2
Jacksonville 1–2
Kent State 1–2
Missouri State 1–2
Northwestern State 1–2
Purdue 1–2
Samford 1–2
South Florida 1–2
Southern Miss 1–2
St. John's 1–2
Texas A&M 1–2
Troy 1–2
49th Campbell 0–2
Canisius 0–2
Columbia 0–2
No. 7 Florida State 0–2
Hartford 0–2
LIU Brooklyn 0–2
Morehead State 0–2
New Mexico State 0–2
North Carolina A&T 0–2
Northeastern 0–2
Ohio State 0–2
Oral Roberts 0–2
Saint Louis 0–2
San Diego State 0–2
Texas Southern 0–2
Wright State 0–2

Record by conference[edit]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Nc Record Nc Win % RF SR WS NS CS NC
Pac–12 4 20–9 .690 19–8 .704 4 2 2 1 1 1
SEC 10 43–25 .632 33–15 .688 9 6 3 3 1
Big 12 5 16–12 .571 16–12 .571 4 2 2
ACC 6 17–13 .567 17–13 .567 5 2 1
Big Ten 4 6–8 .429 6–8 .429 2 1
Atlantic Sun 2 4–4 .500 4–4 .500 1 1
Ohio Valley 2 5–5 .500 5–5 .500 1 1
Big West 1 4–2 .667 4–2 .667 1 1
American 4 6–8 .429 6–8 .429 2
Colonial 2 2–4 .333 2–4 .333 1
Conference USA 2 4–4 .500 4–4 .500 1
Missouri Valley 2 3–4 .429 3–4 .429 1
Sun Belt 2 2–4 .333 2–4 .333
Other 18 6–36 .143 6–36 .143

The columns RF, SR, WS, NS, CS, and NC respectively stand for the Regional Finals, Super Regionals, College World Series Teams, National Semifinals, Championship Series, and National Champion.

Nc is non–conference records, i.e., with the records of teams within the same conference having played each other removed.

Media coverage[edit]

Radio[edit]

NRG Media provided nationwide radio coverage of the College World Series through its Omaha station KOZN, in association with Westwood One. It was streamed at westwoodonesports.com, on TuneIn, and on SiriusXM. Kevin Kugler and John Bishop called all games leading up to the Championship Series with Gary Sharp acting as the field reporter. The Championship Series was called by Kugler and Scott Graham with Bishop acting as field reporter.

Television[edit]

ESPN carried every game from the Regionals, Super Regionals, and College World Series across its networks. During the Regionals and Super Regionals ESPN offered a dedicated channel, ESPN Bases Loaded (carried in the same channel allotments as its "Goal Line" services for football), carried live look-ins and analysis across all games in progress.

Broadcast assignments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Baseball Division I Championship". NCAA. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Team Directory". Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  3. ^ "DI Baseball Championship moves to 16 seeds". NCAA. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tar Heels knock out Heimlich early, beat Beavers 8–6 in CWS". Statesman Journal. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Oregon State's Adley Rutschman wins 2018 College World Series Most Outstanding Player". NCAA.com. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "ESPN Swings into the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship with Extensive Regionals Coverage Beginning Friday". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  7. ^ a b "Showdowns on Deck with NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regionals Set for ESPN". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  8. ^ a b "Every Game, Every Angle, Every Moment from Omaha and the College World Series on ESPN Networks". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 2018-06-12.