CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State had a great final regular season weekend. Despite losing two of three to USC, the Beavers were crowned Pac-12 Champion for the second consecutive year and was named the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Baseball Tournament. This is the second straight year that the Beavers have hosted and the ninth time they have advanced to the postseason in the past 10 years.
The first game of the regional will be on Friday at 2 p.m. PT and will pit No. 2 UNLV against No. 3 seed UC Irvine. Oregon State will face No. 4 seed North Dakota State at 8 p.m. PT and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN U. The losers bracket game will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the winner’s bracket game at 8 p.m. The final game will be Sunday at 8 p.m. PT (Monday at 8 p.m., if necessary.)
NCAA Baseball Regional Preview – Corvallis
Oregon State (42-12)
The Pac-12 Conference champion has a strong baseball pedigree. The Beavers have been named back-to-back champion of arguably the most competitive conference in college baseball. Oregon State suffered a regular season series loss to USC and dropped out of the No. 1 spot in all five major polls, including College Baseball Central’s.
The Beavers have four College World Series appearances in the past decade and walked away with the national championship twice, in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007.
The Rebels were the top seed heading into the Mountain West Conference Championship but fell 4-3 on Sunday to San Diego State giving the Aztecs back-to-back conference tournament championships. The Rebels, however collected the regular season conference championship for the third time since joining the Mountain West in 2002. This will be UNLV’s first appearance in the postseason since it made three consecutive appearances in 2003-05.
UC Irvine (35-22)
The Anteaters roller coaster season ended on a down slope losing six straight and eight of its final nine. Prior to the losing streak, UC Irvine had won nine straight. The ‘Eaters finished in third place in the Big West Conference, which has been downright impressive this season. UC Irvine has been consistent in making the postseason with eight appearances in the past 11 years, they however, have only advanced out of the regional round three times and have only made the trip to Omaha once, in 2007.
North Dakota State (25-24)
The Bison had a rocky road in the Summit League in 2014 finishing with a 10-12 conference record in the five team league. North Dakota State has reached the conference championship game the past three seasons, unable to clinch a victory—until this year. The No. 4 seed Bison went undefeated in the conference tournament defeating Western Illinois, 9-0. This will be North Dakota State’s first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance and the first postseason appearance since 1969.