Projecting The Field Of 64
By Will Kimmey
May 24, 2005
The hosts look pretty standard here in our projected 64-team field,
with 14 No. 1 seeds earning host duties.
The No. 2 seed hosts both are interesting. College of Charleston has
gone 44-11 overall, 27-3 in dominating the Southern Conference for a
second straight year. Internet RPI models rank the Cougars in the top
10, and the program submitted a large financial bid to serve as a host
at 6,000-seat Joe Riley Ballpark in Charleston, which doubles as the
home of the Class A RiverDogs.
Arizona seemed like a logical enough host choice as it should finish first
or second in the Pacific-10 Conference and has been ranked in the Top
10 most of the season. However, fans haven't flocked to Jerry Kindall
Field at Frank Sancet Stadium to watch the Wildcats, so coach Andy Lopez
decided Monday to withdraw the regional bid
so that the school would not lose money.
That opens another host site on the competitive West
Coast, where Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Oregon
State, Southern California and Stanford all are competing to bring a regional to campus.
It also brings Rice into play. The Owls have proven a fine host at Reckling
Park the last few seasons.
St. John's also could emerge as a host. It faces similar attendance
troubles as Arizona, but the administration is willing to lose money
to bring the NCAA to Queens for the first time. The selection committee
might also find intrigue with putting the event in New York City. The
Division I baseball committee, which selects the 16 hosts as well as
the 64-team field, has sent mixed messages in the past about its desire
to put a regional in the Northeast. The only regional played in the
Northeast under the current tournament format was in 2000 in Montclair,
N.J., about 30 miles from Rutgers’ campus. The event drew poorly
as it was held off-campus, and its net receipts of $22,307 rank among
the lowest of the 64-team era.
Arizona plans to bid to serve as a super-regional host, reasoning the
club is veteran enough to get that far while playing a road regional.
Arizona made it to the College World Series in 2004 without benefit
of a single postseason home game.
National seeds indicated in parentheses
Projected host sites in bold
* Projected automatic bids
1. Tulane* (1)
2. South Carolina
3. UNC Wilmington*
1. Cal State Fullerton* (2)
1. Oregon State* (3)
3. Cal Poly
1. Nebraska* (4)
1. Georgia Tech* (5)
4. Georgia Southern
1. Florida* (6)
2. North Carolina State
3. Florida Atlantic
1. Texas (7)
2. Texas Christian
3. St. John's*
4. Rhode Island*
Baton Rouge, La.
1. Louisiana State (8)
3. Northwestern State*
2. College of Charleston*
Long Beach, Calif.
1. Long Beach State
2. Southern California
4. Nevada-Las Vegas*
1. Florida State
3. Wichita State
2. North Carolina
4. Jacksonville State*
2. Southern Mississippi
3. Miami (Ohio)*
2. Coastal Carolina*
3. East Carolina
4. North Carolina A&T*
2. Arizona State
3. Mississippi State
4. Oral Roberts*