We still don’t know for certain where the 16 regional sites for this year’s NCAA baseball tournament are going to be, but we know that Jim Patterson Stadium is not going to be one of them.
On Friday afternoon, the NCAA released the 20 teams that currently have an opportunity to host a Regional. Most of the names weren’t surprising, but the exclusion of U of L — which currently sits in the top 10 of nearly every major college baseball poll — was.
Here are the sites in contention:
East Carolina (Greenville)
Louisiana Tech (Ruston)
Mississippi State (Starkville)
Notre Dame (South Bend)
Ole Miss (Oxford)
South Carolina (Columbia)
Southern Miss (Hattiesburg)
Texas Tech (Lubbock)
TCU (Fort Worth)
My only guess is here is that Louisville’s oddly low RPI (No. 49 at the moment) is what did them in here. It also would have been nice to have that series against Pitt that was canceled a few weeks ago.
Jim Patterson Stadium has hosted a Regional in eight of the last 11 NCAA tournaments, and has hosted a Super Regional five times since Dan McDonnell took over the program in 2007.
This whole setup for 2021 remains bizarre to me, but whatever, let’s go get it done on someone else’s home field here in a few weeks.