Everything you need to know about the 2019 College World Series, The 2019 college baseball season began with 297 Division I teams vying for the national championship and now just eight teams will battle for the College World Series title at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
The regional and super regional rounds have narrowed down the tournament field from 64 to these eight teams. Among those left standing is a team looking for redemption (Arkansas), an iconic coach looking for his first title (Florida State), and a Cinderella story (Michigan). Everyone in Omaha will be looking to take down the favorite (Vanderbilt).
The Pac-12 sends no teams to Omaha after No. 1 overall seed UCLA was eliminated by Michigan, while the SEC sends four, including No. 2-overall seed Vanderbilt.
The remaining eight teams will battle in two double-elimination brackets until two teams remain. The final two teams remaining will then play a best-of-three series from June 24-26.
The 2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament is down to the eight teams for the 2019 College World Series. Play at TD Ameritrade Park began Saturday, with Michigan beating Texas Tech 5-3 and Florida State edging Arkansas, 1-0. Play resumes Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m. ET as Vanderbilt and Lousiville battle for a spot in the winners’ bracket.
It took a while to get to the format that takes place today. From the 1947 field of eight to the current field of 64, the bracket has gone through several upheavals in its day. The current 64-team bracket began in 1999 with the addition of the super regions and took one more step forward by making the College World Series finals a best-of-three series in 2003.
Of the 64-team field, 31 receive automatic qualifying bids for winning their conferences, while the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee selects the final 33 teams. Sixteen of those teams receive a national seed and could host the Super Regional tournament should they advance.
Regionals: The first round of play has 64 teams split into 16 four-team brackets, seeded No. 1 through 4 and playing a double-elimination tournament.
Super Regionals: The 16 teams that advance from the regionals are paired into eight super regions. The teams will play a best-of-three series to see who advances to Omaha.
College World Series: The eight winners of the Super Regional tournaments head to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Each of the eight teams is given a seed and split into two four-team brackets. The two winners of each bracket square off in a best-of-three College World Series finals.
California defeated Yale in the first-ever College World Series, the first of two played in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Texas put itself on the map as the first back-to-back champions in winning the only CWS ever played in Wichita, Kansas in 1949. The following season Texas won its second championship, opening Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Michigan made its opening round statement at the CWS Saturday, dropping Texas Tech 5-3 in Game 1 of the 2019 series. Flordia State took the nightcap, 1-0 over Arkansas.
College World Series tradition holds that once the sky has burned, it’s time to lash out with bats.
The sky fire crew put a glittering cap on TD Ameritrade Park and the Opening Ceremony Friday night. Fireworks shocked the sky and thrilled the fans in a fiery punctuation to Day One of the series celebration.
Then came game time and the Michigan Wolverines opened play with their win over Tech. FSU ruled the night.