5 ACC schools, 4 from SEC among 16 regional hostsBy ERIC OLSON , Associated Press
May. 26, 2013 9:42 PM ET
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — For the third straight year, five Atlantic Coast Conference schools will open the NCAA Division I baseball tournament at home.
Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech were among the 16 schools that were named hosts for regionals Sunday. The tournament begins Friday.
Four Southeastern Conference schools will be hosts: LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Pac-12 schools playing at home will be Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA.
Other hosts are Indiana, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville and Kansas State.
Each of the 16 host schools clinched a spot in the tournament. The rest of the 64-team field and regional pairings will be announced Monday by the Division I baseball committee. The top eight national seeds also will be set.
Winners in the four-team, double-elimination regionals advance to best-of-three super regionals, beginning June 7. The eight super-regional winners move on to Omaha for the College World Series, starting June 15.
Florida State will play in a regional at home for the 30th time since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975. The Seminoles, LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, South Carolina, UCLA and Virginia also hosted in 2012.
Indiana, Kansas State and Virginia Tech are first-time hosts. The Hoosiers swept the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, Kansas State won the Big 12 regular-season championship and the Hokies reached the ACC tournament final after finishing third in the league's Coastal Division.
The NCAA uses several criteria to determine regional sites, including trying to reward regular-season performance and geographical distribution.