College baseball will crown a champion again this summer after last season’s NCAA tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 64 teams that will be vying for the College World Series title have been announced, as have the regionals for the start of the tournament. From top teams to dates to the format, here is what you need to know for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament:
What are the dates for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?
All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from June 4 to June 7 and the super regionals will take place from June 11 to June 14. The College World Series will begin June 19 with the best-of-three College World Series Finals starting June 28 and running until June 29 or 30.
How do NCAA baseball regionals work?
Regionals are held in 16 national locations and consist of four teams at each location seeded No. 1 through No. 4 playing in a double-elimination format. The highest-ranked team in a given regional is the host.
Within each regional, there will be either six or seven games under the following format:
Friday, June 4
Game 1: No. 1 vs. No. 4
Game 2: No. 2 vs. No. 3
Saturday, June 5
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Sunday, June 6
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs.Game 3 loser
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Monday, June 7 (if necessary)
Game 7: Game 6 rematch
From there, the 16 teams that win their respective regionals advance to best-of-three super regionals. The top eight overall seeds, considered national seeds, in the tournament are guaranteed to host super regionals if they make it through their regional.
Will fans be in attendance for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?
There will be fans in the stands at all 16 regional sites. The NCAA announced on May 19 that public health authorities will determine fan capacities at championship events, so it is up to the hosts for the regionals to figure out just how many spectators can attend each game.
The 2021 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., will be at full capacity for fans. College World Series tickets go on sale for the general public at 11 a.m. ET on June 7.
Where can you watch the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?
All regional games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. The College World Series will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2.
Who is the top seed for the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament?
Arkansas is the No. 1 seed entering this year’s tournament after finishing the season with a 46-10 record. The Razorbacks are coming off their first SEC tournament championship and have won eight straight games dating back to May 15.
The other seven national seeds are Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, TCU, Misissippi State and Texas Tech.
What is the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament bracket?
Game 1: No. 1 Arkansas vs. No. 4 NJIT, 12 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Northeastern, 5 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 4 Rider, 4 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 NC State vs. No. 3 Alabama, 12 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 4 North Dakota State, 1 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 UC Irvine vs. No. 3 Nevada, 6 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Texas Tech vs. No. 4 Army, 9 a.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 North Carolina, 4 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 4 Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 3 UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 SE Missouri State, 5 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Southern Miss vs. No. 3 Florida State, 12 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 East Carolina vs. No. 4 Norfolk State, 9 a.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Charlotte vs. No. 3 Maryland, 3 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. No. 4 Presbyterian, 4 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Indiana State, 10 a.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 4 Southern, 11 a.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 3 Fairfield, 4 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Florida vs. No. 4 South Florida, 9 a.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 South Alabama, 2 p.m. PT
South Bend Regional
Game 1: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Central Michigan, 10 a.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 UConn vs. No. 3 Michigan, 4 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 Samford, 12 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 VCU vs. No. 3 Campbell, 5 p.m. PT
Fort Worth Regional
Game 1: No. 1 TCU vs. No. 4 McNeese, 4 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Oregon State vs. No. 3 Dallas Baptist,11 a.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Old Dominion vs. No. 4 Jacksonville, 4 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 3 Virginia, 9 a.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 4 Central Connecticut State, 2 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 3 LSU, 7 p.m. PT
Game 1: No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 4 Wright State, 3 p.m. PT
Game 2: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Liberty, 9 a.m. PT
Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina and UC Santa Barbara eked in as the last four in while Baylor, Pitt, Georgia and Ball State fell just short as the first four out.