Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 NCAA Regionals -- Who's Advanced, Who's Still Alive, Who's Been Eliminated

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE

The regionals are now complete, with the match-ups set for next weekend's super-regionals. Winners of each regional are shown in the table below in bold.

Heading into the final day of a regional, there is always one team per region with a 2-0 record, one with a 2-1 record, and two teams eliminated. The team with the 2-0 record needs only one win to advance to the super-regionals, whereas the team entering the final day at 2-1 must beat the previously undefeated team twice. Five teams that entered Sunday's play with one loss (Hofstra, Virginia Tech, South Alabama, UCLA, and Baylor) won their first games against their respective opponents, but none could do it a second time. Thus, all the teams that entered the final day 2-0 ended up winning their respective regionals.

Two of the regionals had extremely tense finishes. After UCLA had defeated Alabama-Birmingham by a 4-1 score earlier in the day, UAB scored a dramatic win in the rematch, besting the Bruins 3-2 in 13 innings to advance. Florida State had the day's best comeback. FSU fell to South Alabama 3-0 in the teams' opener today. Then, in the rematch, the Seminoles rallied from a 6-1 deficit going into their half (the top) of the seventh, with five runs to tie the game. FSU then won in eight innings, 7-6.

All told, the tournament has gone according to form so far, with 11 of the top 12 seeds moving on, and 13 of the 16 seeds overall.

Region 2-0 2-1 Eliminated Eliminated
Norman OK Oklahoma (1) Arkansas Marist Fordham
Gainesville FL Florida (2) S. Florida Hampton Ga Southern
Eugene OR Oregon (3) Wisconsin N. Carolina BYU
Austin TX Texas (4) S. Carolina Army Houston
Tempe AZ Arizona St. (5) Georgia San Diego St. San Jose St.
Columbia MO Missouri (6) Hofstra* Stony Brook Oregon St.
Knoxville TN Tennessee (7) NC State JMU Longwood
Ann Arbor MI Michigan (8) Cal CMU Valpo
Baton Rouge LA LA-Lafayette LSU (9) NW State C. Conn.
Tuscaloosa AL Alabama (10) W. Kentucky J'ville St. SC Upstate
Seattle WA Washington (11) Hawai'i Minnesota Portland St.
Lexington KY Kentucky (12) Va Tech* Notre Dame Marshall
Mobile AL Florida St. S. Ala (13)* Miss. Valley Miss. St.
Lincoln NE Nebraska (14) Stanford Tulsa N. Iowa
Louisville KY UAB UCLA* IPFW Lou'ville (15)
Coll. Station TX Tex A&M (16) Baylor* Penn Arizona
Oregon region italicized, as it is one day ahead of the other regions.
Winners of each region are highlighted in bold.
*2-1 team has won the first game against the 2-0 team on Sunday, setting up a decisive rematch.