For the four Louisiana schools that went to the NCAA baseball competition, the way to Omaha will begin … indeed, on the road.
LSU, the best chance to guarantee one of the 16 regional host berths, was not awarded a host Sunday night as the NCAA baseball committee declared the regional sites.
The regional sites are as follows:
- Auburn, Alabama – Auburn (37-19)
- Austin, Texas – Texas (42-18) *through games of Saturday
- Blacksburg, Virginia – Virginia Tech (41-12)
- Chapel Hill, North Carolina – North Carolina (38-19)
- College Park, Maryland – Maryland (45-12)
- College Station, Texas – Texas A&M (37-18)
- Coral Gables, Florida – Miami (FL) (39-18)
- Corvallis, Oregon – Oregon State (44-14) *through games of Saturday
- Gainesville, Florida – Florida (39-22)
- Greenville, North Carolina – East Carolina (42-18)
- Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Southern Mississippi (43-16)
- Knoxville, Tennessee – Tennessee (53-7)
- Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville (38-18-1)
- Stanford, California – Stanford (40-14) *through games of Saturday
- Statesboro, Georgia – Georgia Southern (40-18)
- Stillwater, Oklahoma – Oklahoma State (39-20)
Four SEC schools procured host spots – top-ranked and SEC champion Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida and Auburn.
The last three times LSU has traveled for a regional, it was shipped off a Pac-12 school – UCLA in 2010, Oregon State in 2018 and Oregon last season. The last time LSU made a trip to some place other than the west coast, it was 1989 to Texas A&M.
A year sooner, in 1988, is the last time Louisiana had something like four teams in the field and didn’t have a regional host.
Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana-Lafayette, Conference USA champion Louisiana Tech and Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana will, as LSU, gain proficiency with their destinations at 11 a.m. Monday when the full bracket is revealed on ESPN2.