No. 1 Texas
The Longhorns are hosting the regional for the fourth consecutive year, 34th time overall. They have played in 47 NCAA Tournaments, including their seventh straight.
Texas, ranked No. 6 by Baseball America, is 45-14 and finished third in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, losing 9-8 against No. 8 Baylor in the tournament semifinals.
The Longhorns had won the College World Series five times (2002, 1983, 1975, 1950 and 1949).
Texas coach Augie Garrido led the Longhorns to the national title in 2002. He, too, led Cal-State Fullerton to the NCAA championship in 1979, beating Arkansas 2-1 in the title game. Garrido is 1,486-701-8 since arriving in Austin in 1997.
Texas beat Arkansas 13-2 in the CWS last year.
The Longhorns' main concern is the health of catcher Taylor Teagarden, who is nursing an injured right leg. Teagarden, who is hitting .316, is listed as probable.
Teagarden cements a solid battery. On the mound, Kyle McCullough is 9-3 with a 2.70 earned run average and Brent Cox has 14 saves to his credit.
Team USA announced the first 13 players invited to this summer's college national team trials. Texas sophomore outfielder Drew Stubbs, who played on last summer's World University Championship gold medal team, is among the group.
No. 3 Miami of Ohio
This could be the surprise team of the region. This ballclub is 44-16 and won the Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
Miami of Ohio, located in Oxford, Ohio, got the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 10-6 win against Central Michigan.
Pitching is the RedHawks' strength.
Miami starters John Ely is 10-1 with a 2.53 earned run average, while Keith Weiser is 10-0 with a 2.61 ERA.
Weiser, too, is among the 13 invited to the Team USA tryouts.
The RedHawks are 0-2 all-time against Arkansas with both meetings coming in a 2000 nonconference series. Miami has faced Texas only once, as the Longhorns eliminated Miami in the 2000 NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Ariz..
This is the Red and White's seventh trip to the national tournament.
This season, Miami is 3-1 against teams from the SEC. The RedHawks took two of three at Alabama and one game from Kentucky during its spring break trip to Florida.
This is Quinnipiac's first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bobcats enter the tournament with a 26-22 mark. They defeated Monmouth 7-3 in the finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament to earn the automatic bid. They are the only school from the NEC and the state of Connecticut to make the 64-team field.
In the tournament final, freshman John Delaney went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Quinnipiac earns its first-ever NEC championship and NCAA berth. Sophomore Ryan Rizzo was named tournament Most Valuable Player. He batted .550 (11-for-20) with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs in four games.
The Bobcats were 17-6 in their conference.
Quinnipiac, located in Hamden, Conn. has a team batting average of .299.
The team leaders are Bryan Sabatella (.409, 11 HRs, 39 RBIs); Tim Binkoski (.343, 17 doubles).
The Bobcats' pitching staff has a team earned run average of 4.65.
The pitching staff is anchored by Chris Wakefield, 6-1, 2.92 ERA and Pat Egan, 7-4, 4.28 ERA.
Egan is tied for the team led with 11 starts and has thrown six complete games. Wakefield has five complete games this season.
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