INDIANAPOLIS — The field of 64 teams competing for the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
The national top eight seeds are Florida (42-18), UCLA (42-14), Florida State (43-15), Baylor (44-14), Oregon (42-17), North Carolina (44-14), LSU (43-16) and South Carolina (40-17).
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) led all conferences in the number of teams in the championship field with eight, while the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has seven institutions. The Pacific-12 has five and the Big 12 and Conference USA each has four selected.
Making the tournament for the first time are Dayton of the Atlantic 10 Conference and Samford of the Southern Conference. Overall, 37 of the 64 teams were in the field last year.
Miami (Fla.) is in the field for the 40th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 35th appearance in a row, second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks: Cal State Fullerton (21), Rice (18) and Oral Roberts (15).
Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 1, to Monday, June 4 (if necessary). Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on NCAA.com on June 4 at approximately 11 p.m. ET.
The 66th Men’s College World Series begins play Friday, June 15, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
Field By Conference Conference Schools
Southeastern 8 (Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt)
Atlantic Coast 7 [Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia]
Pacific-12 5 (Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA)
Big 12 4 (Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas A&M)
Conference USA 4 (UAB, East Carolina, Rice, UCF)
Missouri Valley 3 (Creighton, Indiana State, Missouri State)
Southern 3 (Appalachian State, College of Charleston, Samford)
Big East 2 [Louisville, St. John’s]
Big Ten 2 (Michigan State, Purdue)
Mountain West 2 (New Mexico, TCU)
Southland 2 (Sam Houston State, Texas-Arlington)
West Coast 2 (Pepperdine, San Diego)
Western Athletic 2 (Fresno State, New Mexico State)
America East 1 (Stony Brook)
Atlantic Sun 1 (Belmont)
Atlantic 10 1 (Dayton)
Big South 1 (Coastal Carolina)
Big West 1 (Cal St. Fullerton)
Colonial 1 (UNC Wilmington)
Horizon 1 (Valparaiso)
Independent 1 (Dallas Baptist)
Ivy 1 (Cornell)
Metro Atlantic 1 (Manhattan)
Mid-American 1 (Kent State)
Mid-Eastern 1 (Bethune-Cookman)
Northeast 1 (Scared Heart)
Ohio Valley 1 (Austin Peay)
Patriot 1 (Army)
Southwestern 1 (Prairie View)
Summit 1 (Oral Roberts)
Sun Belt 1 (Louisiana-Monroe)
• Thirty-seven of the 64 teams were in the 2011 field. Two teams are making the field for the first time in the program’s history: Dayton and Samford.
• Five teams are making the field for the first time in over 25 years. Valparaiso last made the field in 1968; Cornell last made the field in 1977; Michigan State last made the field in 1979; Appalachian State last made the field in 1986; Purdue last made the field in 1987.
• Miami (Fla.) is in the field for the 40th consecutive year, extending its own record. Florida State is making its 35th appearance in a row, which ranks second all-time. Other long consecutive streaks include Cal St. Fullerton (21), Rice (18) and Oral Roberts (15).