We know Tennessee baseball won’t be hosting a regional this season but the Vols still have to wait a few more hours before figuring out where they’ll be playing in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
At 38-19 (16-14 SEC) Tennessee will be one of the top two-seeds in the NCAA Tournament and in its final field of 64 projections D1Baseball has the Vols traveling to No. 16 Indiana State to play in the Terre Haute Regional.
Three-seed Indiana and four-seed Ball State round out D1Baseball’s projected Terre Haute Regional pitting the Vols against the Hoosiers in the first game.
Indiana (41-18, 16-8 Big 10) finished in second place in the Big 10 this season just a game behind Maryland. The Hoosiers lost two conference series (Maryland and Michigan State) and faced a daunting non conference slate. Indiana took one of three games in weekend series against Auburn and Texas while also splitting two midweek matchups with Indiana State and dropping a lone matchup against Kentucky.
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Indiana State won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament riding a 24-3 regular season conference record into a 4-1 week at the conference tournament which earned the Sycamores the MVC’s automatic bid.
An impressive non conference slate earned Indiana State the nation’s No. 9 RPI and a regional host with it.
Indiana State went 6-8 against power five opponents in the regular season winning its final five matchups against said opponents including a midweek victory at Vanderbilt.
Whoever makes it out of the Terre Haute Regional will face the winner of the Winstom-Salem Regional in D1Baseball’s projections. Wake Forest is all but a lock for the nation’s top-seed after posting a 47-10 (27-7 ACC) record.
The Demon Deacons will be sizable favorites in the Winstom-Salem Regional and a favorite to make it to the College World Series in Omaha.
Tennessee doesn’t have to wait much longer for its official NCAA Tournament draw. The tournament selection show is at noon ET Monday. ESPN2 is broadcasting the event.