Nebraska, Michigan, Maryland, Iowa, and Indiana were all selected to advance to the various regionals around the country. Regionals are four team double elimination tournaments where pitching and timely hitting are key. Unfortunately for the B1G no team was able to make it to the super regional round. Here is how each team did in their regional:
Nebraska was sent to the Pacific Northwest to try and stop the big bad Beaver machine but ended up bowing out of the regional in quick order. In the first game against Yale the Huskers gambled on Jake Myers starting even though he had been injured previously and hadn't pitched in about a month. After dropping the Friday night game 5-1 Nebraska's postseason woes continued in falling to Holy Cross 7-4 thus getting eliminated from the tournament. Nebraska did make great strides in winning the B1G this year but after having struggles the past few years in the postseason Erstad and Co. will need to take a look at a different approach in the coming years.
Chapel Hill Regional
Michigan's trip to the regionals didn't fair much better than Nebraska in that the Wolverines went two and 'que as well. Michigan was in command versus Florida Gulf Coast until a 5 run 6th inning sank their hopes of going to the winner's bracket. They then faced off with regional host UNC after the Tar Heels were upset by Davidson. In front of a partial home crowd UNC won 8-1 knocking Michigan out of the tournament.
Maryland faced off against West Virginia where the Mountaineers avenged an earlier season loss sending the Terps to the loser's bracket. Maryland then kept hopes alive easily beating another regular season opponent in UMBC 16-2. This got the Terrapins to another showdown with the Mountaineers where West Virginia won again 8-5 sending Maryland home.
Iowa was the only B1G team to snag a win on the Friday games beating regional host Houston 6-3. This put them in a winner's bracket showdown with Texas A&M where the Aggies won a tight one 3-2. A rematch with Houston took place on Sunday where the Cougars avenged the earlier loss winning 7-5 sending the Hawkeyes home.
The Hoosiers found themselves in one of the longer games of the tournament falling to NC St. 7-6 after 12 innings. This put Indiana into the loser's bracket where they then grabbed an easy win over Ohio 11-2. This set up a matchup with regional host Kentucky in which the Wildcats won a shootout 14-9 and eliminated Indiana from the tournament.
Super Regionals Primer
Corvallis, OR - Vanderbilt vs. (#1) Oregon St.
Two relatively recent baseball powers face off in Beaver town. Look for pitching to be the name of the game here as the Beavers hold the best ERA in the country and Vanderbilt isn't too shabby in that department either.
Long Beach, CA - Cal St. Fullerton vs. Long Beach St.
Its an all Big West showdown in the LBC. The Dirtbags will look to get back to the CWS for the first in almost 20 years but in their way is a conference mate that has about as storied a college baseball history as anyone.
Tallahassee, FL - Sam Houston St. vs. FSU
Florida St. catches a break in that they don't have to face off with Florida for the third straight year in the supers. Also they are fortunate the Bearkats took out national seed Texas Tech allowing the Seminoles to continue hosting this weekend at Dick Howser Stadium.
Baton Rouge, LA - Mississippi St. vs. (#4) LSU
Two SEC powerhouses collide in Red Stick who are familiar with each other since they played earlier in the year. In that matchup LSU completed a sweep at home.
College Station, TX - Davidson vs. Texas A&M
The Wildcats are on a cinderella like run considering they were a 4 seed in their regional plus the fact that this is their first trip to the NCAAs ever. They will take on a veteran SEC squad in Texas A&M for a chance to move on to Omaha.
Louisville, KY - Kentucky vs. (#7) Louisville
The Wildcats do not have to travel far this weekend for this Bluegrass state showdown. Considering both teams split in earlier matchups in the regular season the stakes are at an all time high in this one.
Fort Worth, TX - Missouri St. vs. (#6) TCU
The Horned Frogs are looking to make it to the CWS for the 4th straight year which is a tough accomplishment for even some of the blue bloods in the sport. Standing in their way is a solid Bears squad looking to make it back to Omaha for their second trip.
Gainesville, FL - Wake Forest vs. (#3) Florida
Florida is looking to make it back a third time and hoping its a charm for winning that elusive title. An offensive minded Demon Deacons team will try and take their place.