STUNNER: Beavs passed over as regional host

THIS ONE is hard to figure. Oregon State was passed over for one of the 16 regional hosting spots in college baseball's postseason that begins on Friday. It's pretty easy to see who got the Beavs' place instead, and it brings up a lot of questions.

UC Santa Barbara lost two of three to a poor UC Riverside (15-40) team this weekend.

They finished in second place in the Big West, three games back of Cal State Fullerton.

Their stadium can't accommodate a regional so they asked to host from the home of a Class A club in Lake Elsinore, Calif., -- about three hours away from their campus.

The one thing they did have going for them was their RPI (16). While the RPI absolutely should be a major factor, it shouldn't be the end-all be-all. And somehow, that RPI seemed to erase everything else in the committee's mind.

And so despite the strength of the Pac-12 this year, only one team will host. UCLA received the automatic hosting spot that came with winning the Pac-12.

Oregon State, which finished second in the Pac-12, was seen as a lesser host than the second-place finisher in the Big West.

It doesn't make much sense.

Where and who the Beavs play won't be known until tomorrow.

The seedings and the complete 64-team field will be unveiled on Monday morning on ESPNU at 9 a.m. Pacific.

The winner of each four-team, double-elimination regional advances to super regionals.

The eight national seeds, if those clubs advance, will host in the best-of-three super regionals.

From there, eight teams make it to Omaha for the College World Series, which begins June 13.

Oregon State's selection was made regardless of the outcome of Sunday's game, a 7-3 loss to Cal. The selections were announced while OSU was still playing.

The Beavs finished the regular season 38-16-1 and in second place in the Pac-12 with a 19-10-1 mark. OSU has finished in first or second place in the conference six times since 2005.

They were ranked No. 11 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, No. 20 in the USA Today poll and No. 23 in the Baseball America poll.

Oregon State ace Andrew Moore, recently named a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, has a 1.73 ERA. Among the starters Jeff Hendrix headed into Sunday's game leading the Beavs in hitting with a .346 average, with K.J. Harrison leading Oregon State in RBIs (58) and home runs (10).


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