Louisville, Connecticut, St. John's Selected to NCAA Baseball Championship

"ROVIDENCE, R.I. - Louisville, Connecticut and St. John's were among the 64 teams selected to the 2010 NCAA Baseball Championship Monday as announced on ESPN.

Louisville was chosen as the No. 7 national seed as the Cardinals will host one of the four-team, double-elimination regionals that will whittle the field to 16. As the top seed in its regional, Louisville will face No. 4-seeded Saint Louis in its opener Friday at Jim Patterson. Vanderbilt is the No. 2 seed, while Illinois State is the No. 3 seed in the Louisville Regional.

This year marks the second straight season in which Louisville was chosen as a regional site. It also marks the third time in the past four season that postseason games will be played at Jim Patterson Stadium. The school hosted an NCAA Super Regional in 2007 as part of the Cardinals' run to the College World Series.

Louisville takes a 48-12 record into the tournament as the Cardinals set a school record for regular-season victories.

Connecticut will likewise host a four-team regional as the Huskies return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994. Connecticut is the No. 2 seed in its region and is the only non-No. 1 seed to host a regional site. Games in the Connecticut Regional will take place at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn.

"If we have an opportunity - wiithout sacrificing the competitive integrity of the tournament - to put a regional site in a location that historically hasn't had one, I think that's good for college baseball," said Big 12 Conference associate commissioner Tim Weiser, the char of the NCAA Baseball Committee. "Frankly the difference between Connecticut and some of the other teams that were competing for (the regional site) were very small."

Connecticut will face No. 3-seeded Oregon in its first game of the NCAA Championship. Florida State is the top seed in the Connecticut Regional and will open against Central Connecticut State. Oregon is making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1964 and it comes just two years after the Ducks reinstated their baseball program.

St. John's was selected to the NCAA field for the third time in the last four years after the Red Storm won the BIG EAST's automatic bid Sunday by capturing the conference tournament title. St. John's will head to Charlottesville, Va., as the No. 3 seed to face No. 2-seeded Mississippi in its opening game. Virginia is the top seed in that region and Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 4 seed.

St. John's takes a 40-18 record into the postseason as the Red Storm come in with three straight wins against top-25 teams.

The Atlantic Coast, Southeatern and Pacific 10 conferences all placed eight teams into this year's NCAA Championship. The Big 12 had five teams chosen. while the BIG EAST, Southern and Sun Belt had three teams each.

Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format, with play scheduled from Friday, June 4, to Monday, June 7, if necessary. The eight super regional hosts will be announced June 7. "