NCAA releases playoff field

The Millsaps Majors get off the bubble and find second life.
Millsaps athletics photo 

Six teams will compete at four regional sites and eight teams will compete at four regional sites. All regionals will use a double-elimination format. Forty conference champions qualified automatically. Winners of the eight regional tournaments will qualify for the double-elimination championship at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis., May 22-26/27, 2015.

The committee did not choose Rutgers-Camden, the team we singled out in our projected field as having a poor overall record and incredible strength of schedule. Instead, it took Amherst, which had a comparable record, and lost twice to Rutgers-Camden head-to-head. 

Teams are moving around quite a bit more this year as well, as the baseball committee has gotten past its need to keep as many teams in their home regional as possible.

The regionals, including seedings, follow:

South Region Hosted by Piedmont, Demorest, Ga.
No. 3 Birmingham-Southern vs. No. 4 Marietta
No. 2 Pacific Lutheran vs. No. 5 Emory
No. 1 Rhodes vs. No. 6 Methodist 
South Regional schedule 

Mideast Region hosted by Washington and Jefferson, Washington, Pa.
No. 1 Frostburg State vs. No. 6 Washington and Jefferson
No. 2 Adrian vs. No. 5 Shenandoah
No. 3 Heidelberg vs. No. 4 La Roche 
Mideast Regional schedule

Central Region hosted by Wartburg; Waterloo, Iowa
No. 1 UW-Stevens Point vs. No. 6 Greenville
No. 2 Webster vs. No. 5 Carthage
No. 3 Wartburg vs. No. 4 Anderson 
Central Regional schedule

West Region hosted by Texas-Tyler, Tyler, Texas
No. 3 Millsaps vs. No. 4 Whitworth
No. 2 Trinity (Texas) vs. No. 5 Linfield
No. 1 UT-Tyler vs. No. 6 La Verne
West Regional schedule 

Mid-Atlantic Region hosted by York Revolution / Middle Atlantic Conferences, York, Pa
No. 4 Salisbury vs. No. 5 Mitchell 
No. 1 Kean vs. No. 8 Penn State-Berks
No. 3 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 6 Misericordia
No. 2 Alvernia vs. No. 7 Catholic 
Mid-Atlantic Regional schedule 

New York Region hosted by SUNY Cortland, Auburn, N.Y.
No. 4 Oswego vs. No. 5 Amherst 
No. 1 Cortland vs. No. 8 Oberlin 
No. 3 Keystone vs. No. 6 RPI 
No. 2 Baldwin Wallace vs. No. 7 Old Westbury
New York Regional schedule 

New England Region hosted by ECAC, Harwich, Mass.
No. 4 Salem State vs. No. 5 MIT
No. 1 Southern Maine vs. No. 8 Suffolk
No. 3 Ramapo vs. No. 6 Castleton State
No. 2 Wesleyan vs. No. 7 Curry 
New England Regional schedule 

Midwest Region hosted by UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.
No. 4 St. John's vs. No. 5 Coe 
No. 1 UW-Whitewater vs. No. 8 Ripon 
No. 3 Washington U. vs. No. 6 Concordia-Chicago
No. 2 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 7 St. Scholastica
Midwest Regional schedule 

First-round matchups for the championship site will be as follows:
Pool A: Mideast vs. New England and New York vs. Central
Pool B: West vs. South and Midwest vs. Mid-Atlantic