Stanford to Host Baseball Regional

With some uneven performances in the last few weeks from Stanford baseball, hosting and seeding issues for the post-season have become a concern, rather than a given. But a series win over Arizona this past weekend gave some added comfort, along with Monday's announcement of NCAA regional sites.

On Monday, May 14, the NCAA announced the 16 regional sites for the 2001 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships. Once again, Stanford’s Sunken Diamond was named as one of the regional sites. In the West, both U$C and Cal-State Fullerton were also awarded regionals. Regional play features four teams in a double-elimination format where the winner advances to a super regional the following weekend.

After taking two of three games from Arizona over the weekend, the Cardinal is now ranked #7 by Baseball America and #4 by Collegiate Baseball. Our ranking is becoming increasingly significant because when the NCAA reveals the 64-team draw on Monday, May 21, the top eight teams will be seeded to host a super regional series the weekend of June 1-3. In a super regional, two teams will play a best 2-of-3 series. The eight survivors of the super regionals will advance to the 55th edition of the College World Series, scheduled to begin play on Friday, June 8th in Omaha, Nebraska.

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