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Georgia Tech gets NCAA regional
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Georgia Tech has been picked as one of 16 teams to host NCAA baseball regionals.

The rest of the field and tournament pairings will be announced today. Georgia is expected to land an invitation, possibly to Georgia Tech’s regional.

Georgia State won its first Colonial Athletic Association title on Saturday to secure its first spot in the NCAA regionals.

Georgia Tech has served as host of eight previous regionals, including five straight years from 2002-06.

Also Sunday, top-ranked UC Irvine was selected Sunday to host a regional for the first time in school history.

The Anteaters (43-13), a College World Series participant two years ago, joined Louisville and TCU as first-time hosts.

Each of the 16 host schools selected by the NCAA’s Division I baseball committee are guaranteed berths in the 64-team tournament, which starts Friday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference led the field with four schools — Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina — selected as hosts. The Southeastern Conference was next with three: Florida, LSU and Mississippi.

The other hosts are: Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, East Carolina, Oklahoma, Rice and Texas.

Each four-team regional is double-elimination, with the 16 winners advancing to the super regionals, beginning June 5. The eight super regional winners advance to the College World Series, which begins June 13 in Omaha, Neb.

UC Irvine, in its second season under Gillespie, won the Big West title and has been ranked at the top of the major national polls for the past several weeks.

"It’s awesome for us to host," Anteaters shortstop Ben Orloff said. "It’s good for the area and our fans. It will give us a chance to show what UC Irvine baseball is all about."

Florida State is hosting for a Division I-record 27th time since the NCAA went to the regional format in 1975, while Arizona State and LSU are hosts for the 19th time.

Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina and Rice also hosted last year.

Seven of the eight College World Series teams last year — Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Rice and Stanford — hosted regionals. Fresno State won the national title by beating Georgia.

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