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Florida, FSU seeded for college tourney

May 31, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

NEW YORK (AP) - Virginia was selected Monday as the top seed for the 64-team NCAA Division I college baseball tournament.

The Cavaliers (49-9) won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday. Led by potential No. 1 overall draft pick Danny Hultzen, Virginia opens against Patriot League champion Navy (33-23-1) in the Charlottesville regional.

The other national seeds, in order, are: Florida (45-16), North Carolina (45-14), South Carolina (45-14), Florida State (42-17), Vanderbilt (47-10), Texas (43-15) and Rice (41-19). Those teams will not have to face each other until the College World Series, if they make it there.

It's the first time Virginia has been seeded No. 1, which doesn't necessarily translate to success in Omaha. The only top national seed to win it all since the field was expanded in 1999 to 64 teams was Miami in that same year.

Defending national champion South Carolina is one of seven Southeastern Conference schools in the tournament. With Miami, making its 39th consecutive appearance, the ACC also has seven in the field.

The 16 regional winners move on to the best-of-three super regionals. Those eight winners advance to the College World Series, which begins June 18 at the new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha after 61 years at Rosenblatt Stadium.



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