2018 NCAA Baseball Super Regionals
The Super Regionals are the “second stop” on the Road to Omaha. Think of it as the Sweet 16 for baseball. The sixteen regional winners are matched up with two teams at eight sites, and they compete in a best two out of three series. The eight super regional winners will advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Below are the schedules for the super regionals and links to reviews of each ballpark hosting.
Austin Super Regional
Tennessee Tech at Texas
June 9- 3 PM ET – ESPN2
June 10- 3 PM ET – ESPN2
June 11- 1 PM ET – ESPN2 (If Necessary)
Texas is known for southern hospitality, everything being bigger, and some great sports history. Perhaps unfairly overlooked is the University of Texas baseball program. Despite winning multiple national championships over the years, they may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to sports in Austin. It may be time for that to change, however – nestled across the street from both the school’s softball and tennis facilities, UFCU Disch-Falk Field is a hidden gem in Austin. Always packed full of Longhorn faithful, the UT Austin squad takes to the field in front of a loyal fan base that knows how to make a baseball game enjoyable.
Chapel Hill Super Regional
Host: UNC-Chapel Hill
Stetson at North Carolina
June 8- 11 AM ET – ESPN2
June 9- Noon ET – ESPN2
June 10- Noon ET – ESPN2 (If Necessary)
The University of North Carolina is known for basketball, but their baseball program is not to be overlooked. With six conference championships and 29 College World Series appearances, the Diamond Heels have enjoyed success for over 50 years and sent players such as BJ Surhoff, Walt Weiss, Dustin Ackley, and Andrew Miller to the major leagues.
These days, the team plays out of Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium, a simple, unpretentious venue that highlights their past accomplishments and points them toward the future.
Boshamer Stadium was built in 1972 but completely torn down and rebuilt in time for the 2009 season. Outside, the stadium is much like any other NCAA park, with a main entrance that leads directly to the concourse behind home plate, below which the seating bowl lies. It seats 4,100 people with the capacity of up to 5,000 with standing room only seats.
Before entering, check out the Steinbrenner Family Courtyard by the main entrance. George Steinbrenner’s daughter Jenny is a North Carolina graduate, and the Steinbrenner family contributed a large share of the finances to help renovate the ballpark. As well, the Yankees played a few spring training games here between 1977-81.
Corvallis Super Regional
Host: Oregon State
Minnesota at Oregon State
June 8- 5 PM ET – ESPN2
June 9- 9:30 PM ET – ESPN2
June 10- 9 PM ET – ESPN2 (If Necessary)
The Oregon State Beavers baseball team has seen ample success over the last half-decade, producing incredible MLB talent headlined by all-star Jacoby Ellsbury. Goss Stadium at Coleman Field has been the home for OSU baseball since 1907, and has seen two national champion teams (2006 and 2007). The stadium seats 3,248 after renovations in 1999 and 2009. The most recent renovation increased seating capacity nearly double, from 2,000 to 3,248, allowing more fans to enjoy the festivities.
Fayetteville Super Regional
South Carolina at Arkansas
June 9- 6:30 PM ET – ESPN2
June 10- 3 PM ET – ESPN
June 11- 7 PM ET – ESPN (If Necessary)
Baum Stadium at George Cole Field is the baseball home of the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The ballpark opened in 1996 and has been renovated four times since then, with three of the four renovations resulting in expansions of the park’s seating. With a total capacity of 10,737, Baum Stadium is the fourth-largest college baseball venue in the United States and the second-largest in the SEC. It also consistently leads the nation in attendance, ranking second nationally in attendance during the 2012 season. The field is named after George Cole, the former Arkansas Athletic Director, and the stadium is named after Charlie and Nadine Baum, Walmart investors and financial backers of the stadium.
Fullerton Super Regional
Host: Cal State Fullerton
Washington at Cal State Fullerton
June 8- 2 PM ET – ESPN2
June 9- 6:30 PM ET – ESPNU
June 10- 9 PM ET – ESPNU (If Necessary)
When it comes to college baseball prestige the California State University Fullerton squad seems to always be at the forefront of discussions. While the USC Trojans are college baseball’s all-time leaders in National Titles, the Titans continue to compete for that coveted prize year in and year out. To date, Cal State Fullerton Baseball boasts four National Championships, along with 16 appearances to the College World Series.
Goodwin Field, formerly known as Titan Field, is now the third home field of the baseball program and continues to evolve into one of the premier parks in all of college baseball. The stadium opened in 1992 and was renamed in 2000 after Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin made a sizable donation to help fund many of the renovations to the stadium.
Gainesville Super Regional
Auburn at Florida
June 9- Noon ET – ESPN
June 10- Noon ET – ESPN
June 11- 8:30 PM ET – ESPN
The Florida Gators baseball team is one of the most successful in the nation over the past decade, including four College World Series appearances since 2010. Playing out of Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field, the Gators are a top draw during the Gainesville spring. The venue is named for two former alumni: McKethan contributed nearly $3 million towards the stadium’s construction and subsequent improvements, while Perry’s family donated the land on which the stadium was built. Opened in 1988, McKethan Stadium lies just to the west of the O’Connell Center and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Mac, as it is affectionately known by locals, holds 5,500 and attracts top recruits every year. There were six former Gators on MLB rosters at the start of 2016 season and 11 on 40-man rosters, the most in the SEC. Between its opening and the end of the 2015 season, the Gators have posted a 779-266 (.745) home record. The venue has hosted NCAA Regional action 11 times and Super Regional series six times.
Lubbock Super Regional
Host: Texas Tech
Duke at Texas Tech
June 9- 3 PM ET – ESPNU
June 10- 6 PM ET – ESPNU
June 11- 4 PM ET – ESPN2 (If Necessary)
Texas Tech University has a long and storied tradition as an athletics program. The football team is undoubtedly what the university has been known for the longest, probably followed by its basketball program. However, the Red Raiders baseball team has achieved its own amount of success – the team has won the Southwest Conference (in 1995) and the Big 12 (in 1998), and made the College World Series in 2014 and 2016. The center of the universe for the Red Raiders is Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders have called the venerable park home since Calvin Coolidge was in the Oval Office. While the park has naturally undergone several upgrades and renovations since then, the most recent in 2012, the facility still retains a great deal of the charm that distinguishes it from other ballparks in the conference.
Nashville Super Regional
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt
June 8- 8 PM ET – ESPN2
June 9- 9:30 PM ET – ESPN
June 10- 6 PM ET – ESPN2 (If Necessary)
The Vanderbilt Commodores play their baseball at one of the top ballparks in all of college baseball, Hawkins Field.
Situated directly on Vanderbilt University’s downtown campus, Hawkins Field has a classic ballpark feel with its brick layout and gorgeous outfield backdrop of downtown Nashville.
The powers that be at Vanderbilt have done a superb job at keeping this ballpark pristine. It made its debut in 2002, but additions have been made to it since then. The most recent being a new scoreboard in left field.
With no MLB team to satisfy the appetite of baseball fans in Nashville, the “Vandy Boys” do an outstanding job at being the next best thing. You have to supply a great ballpark to house one of the top programs in the country, and Hawkins Field lives up to that challenge.
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