The road to Omaha continues Monday!
|2014 NCAA Div. 1 Baseball Playoff Coverage Schedule|
|Date||Game||Time (ET)||Sirius channel||XM channel|
|Mon., June 2||North Carolina vs. Long Beach State||12:00 PM||211||190|
|Mon., June 2||Alabama vs. Kennesaw State||12:00 PM||212||199|
|Mon., June 2||Ole Miss vs. Washington||3:00 PM||213||200|
|Mon., June 2||Texas vs. Texas A&M||7:00 PM||219||202|
|Mon., June 2||UC Irvine vs. Oregon State||11:00 PM||91||91|
After the announcement of the field of 64, Mike Ferrin talked with Dennis Farrell, the chairman of the selection committee and commissioner of the Big West conference.
“I was anticipating that it would be tougher,” Farrell told Ferrin, “just because of all the parity that we’ve seen in college baseball during the regular season. The committee members, to their credit, came into the room very well prepared. You always feel bad for those teams that don’t make the field but unfortunately you have to have a cutoff some place.”
Some baseball fans have questioned why there are only two West Coast host schools (Oregon State in Corvalis, Ore., and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.). Farrell explained that there were five teams under consideration for the final two host sites, eventually given to Louisville and Oklahoma State:
Certainly, we all come into these [selection committee] rooms with a little provincial biases. Oklahoma State won the Big 12 conference, made it to the championship game of the [conference tournament], Louisville won their tournament, and Washington’s non-conference scheduling strength at 216 was the one thing that was glaring on their resume.
One decision that Farrell and the selection committee made with minimal criticism was naming Oregon State the No. 1 national seed. The Beavers boast a 42-12 record and will face North Dakota State Friday at 11 pm ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (Ch. 91) and on the SiriusXM App.
Oregon State’s head coach Pat Casey joined Ferrin on the Selection Show to talk about his pride in his team.
One thing that’s cool for the program, it’s recognition of the body of work you do from start to finish during the season. I think the guys were really consistent this year. We went through some adversity with injuries, not having one of our starters out of the shoot [...] they were good and obviously winning a tremendous conference put us in a position to win the No. 1 overall seed.