Baseball: Vanderbilt awaits NCAA Selections

After a horrid series against rival Tennessee a week ago, many doubted Vanderbilt's chances at even getting an NCAA baseball bid. However a fine, vindicating performance in the SEC tournament has changed all that. The Commodores can rest assured that they will be among the field of 64 that will be announced on Monday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN.

NCAA regional hosts were already announced earlier on Sunday and include North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Rice, East Carolina, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville, Texas Christian, Arizona State. Most of the regional hosts will be No. 1 seeds.

Geographically it would make sense for Vanderbilt to go to the Louisville, Clemson or Georgia Tech regional. However, as we've seen in the past in a variety of sports Vanderbilt often gets sent far away from Nashville. Last year the Commodores made a trip to Tempe, Ariz. but in 2007 Vanderbilt hosted their first ever regional.

Baseball America analyst Aaron Fitt projects Vanderbilt to be a No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional LINK. He projects Western Kentucky (#2) and Indiana (#4) to also play in that regional. Vanderbilt defeated Louisville, 4-3, in a road game on April 22 in 10 innings.

Vanderbilt has an all-time record of 12-13 in the NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt made the field in 1973, 1974, 1980, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. The Commodores best showing ever was in 2004 when they swept the Charlottsville, Va. regional as a No. 2 seed and advanced to the Austin, Texas Super Regional where they were beaten handily in two games against Texas.

NCAA regional play starts on Friday.

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