MIAMI, FL — Florida leads a record-tying 10 teams selected to feature from the Southeastern Conference at the 2018 NCAA Baseball Championship.
The announcement was made on selection Monday by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, with the defending champions Gators grabbing the No. 1 overall tournament seed.
Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt made up the remaining SEC schools earning national bids this year.
This number equals the record for the most SEC teams in an NCAA Tournament, which was also achieved in 2014.
Meanwhile, three teams from the SEC – Georgia, Arkansas and Ole Miss – are all named as regional hosts for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Championship.
Stanford, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, North Carolina, Florida State and Georgia all followed Florida in the top eight national seeds by order.
Each regional field will feature four teams, playing in a double-elimination format, with all 16 regionals are scheduled to begin play on Friday, June 1 to Monday, June 4 (if necessary).
The following are the 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records:
Athens, Georgia – Georgia (37-19)
Austin, Texas – Texas (37-20)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina – North Carolina (38-18)
Clemson, South Carolina – Clemson (45-14)
Corvallis, Oregon – Oregon St. (44-10-1)
Conway, South Carolina – Coastal Carolina (42-17)
DeLand, Florida – Stetson (45-11)
Fayetteville, Arkansas – Arkansas (39-18)
Gainesville, Florida – Florida (42-17)
Greenville, North Carolina – East Carolina (43-16)
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Minnesota (41-13)
Lubbock, Texas – Texas Tech (39-17)
Oxford, Mississippi – Ole Miss (46-15)
Raleigh, North Carolina – NC State (40-16)
Stanford, California – Stanford (44-10)
Tallahassee, Florida – Florida St. (43-17)
—PHOTO BY Michael Wade/Florida Gators Sports