Dates, sites set for NCAA baseball tourney super regionals

Mississipi State's Logan Tanner (19) and Tanner Allen celebrate Tanner's fifth-inning home run over Campbell with a high-five during an NCAA college baseball regional game in Starkville, Miss., Monday, June 7, 2021. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA announced the schedule for the eight super regionals in the Division I baseball tournament Tuesday, with overall No. 1 seed Arkansas set to open at home against North Carolina State on Friday night.

The best-of-three super regionals begin either Friday or Saturday. The winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, with the opener set for June 19.

The Arizona Wildcats (43-15) will host the Ole Miss Rebels (44-20) in the Tucson NCAA Super Regional this weekend at Hi Corbett Field. Dates, times, and TV selections for all three games were announced Tuesday morning by the NCAA.

Friday, June 11

6 p.m. MST

ESPNU

Saturday, June 12

7 p.m. MST

ESPN2

Sunday, June 13 (if necessary)

6 p.m. MST

ESPN2 or ESPNU

This weekend marks the Wildcats fifth NCAA Super Regional berth since the postseason format changed in 1999 and their second trip to the Supers under head coach Jay Johnson. Hi Corbett Field has played host to the Super Regional round once before, a 2012 matchup between Arizona and St. John's.

The Friday-Saturday super regionals (with a third game Sunday if necessary): North Carolina State (33-17) at No. 1 national seed Arkansas (49-11); No. 13 East Carolina (44-15) at No. 4 Vanderbilt (43-15); No. 9 Stanford (36-15) at No. 8 Texas Tech (45-15); and No. 12 Mississippi (44-20) at No. 5 Arizona (43-15).

The Saturday-Sunday super regionals (with a third game Monday if necessary): South Florida (31-28) at No. 2 Texas (45-15); Dallas Baptist (40-16) vs. Virginia (32-24) or No. 11 Old Dominion (44-15) at Columbia, South Carolina; LSU (38-23) at No. 3 Tennessee (48-16); and No. 10 Notre Dame (33-11) at No. 7 Mississippi State (43-15).

The higher seeded team typically plays at home for super regionals. Because of COVID-19 protocols, the NCAA pre-approved 20 possible host sites for regionals and super regionals. Old Dominion did not submit a bid to host, and Virginia was not selected as a potential site.

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