NCAA releases playoff field

Washington U. was not in our projected field but was awarded with a playoff bid for their work on the diamond.
Washington U. 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 27-June 1 2016.

The committee did not choose Ithaca or Texas Lutheran, the teams we spent the most time deciding who was in  and who was out in our projected field.

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

The regionals, including seedings, follow:

South Region hosted by Berry, Mount Berry, Ga.
No. 3 Shenandoah vs. No. 4 Marietta
No. 2 Birmingham-Southern vs. No. 5 Huntingdon
No. 1 Emory vs. No. 6 Thomas More
South Regional schedule

Mideast Region hosted by Washington and Jefferson, Washington, Pa.
No. 1 La Roche vs. No. 8 Widener
No. 2 Randolph-Macon vs. No. 7 St. Joseph (L.I.)
No. 3 Wooster vs. No. 6 Johns Hopkins
No. 4 TCNJ vs. No. 5 Ohio Wesleyan
Mideast Regional schedule

Central Region hosted by Webster; Sauget, Ill.
No. 1 UW-Whitewater vs. No. 6 Westminster (Mo.)
No. 2 Wartburg vs. No. 5 Rose-Hulman
No. 3 Augustana vs. No. 4 Washington U.
Central Regional schedule

West Region hosted by Whitworth, Spokane, Wash.
No. 3 Case Western Reserve vs. No. 4 Whitworth
No. 2 Cal Lutheran vs. No. 5 Texas-Tyler
No. 1 Trinity (Texas) vs. No. 6 Pacific Lutheran
West Regional schedule

Mid-Atlantic Region hosted by Misericordia, Moosic, Pa
No. 4 Haverford vs. No. 5 Mass-Boston
No. 1 Misericordia vs. No. 8 Penn State-Berks
No. 3 Salisbury vs. No. 6 Kean
No. 2 St. John Fisher vs. No. 7 Salve Regina
Mid-Atlantic Regional schedule

New York Region hosted by Cortland, Auburn, N.Y.
No. 1 Cortland vs. No. 6 Castleton
No. 3 Frostburg State vs. No. 4 Susquehanna
No. 2 Ramapo vs. No. 5 Union
New York Regional schedule

New England Region hosted by Eastern Connecticut State, Willimantic, Conn.
No. 4 Keystone vs. No. 5 Suffolk
No. 1 Wheaton (Mass.) vs. No. 8 Salem State
No. 3 Tufts vs. No. 6 Mitchell
No. 2 Oswego State vs. No. 7 Eastern Connecticut State
New England Regional schedule

Midwest Region hosted by UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis.
No. 4 St. Scholastica vs. No. 5 St. John's
No. 1 UW-La Crosse vs. No. 8 Beloit
No. 3 North Central (Ill.) vs. No. 6 Luther
No. 2 Concordia-Chicago vs. No. 7 Kalamazoo
Midwest Regional schedule

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

  • Willmantic: ECSU Baseball Complex, Willmantic, Conn. (hosted by ECSU)