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College Baseball NIT Field of 32 Set! San Diego State and Washington in! Notre Dame and William and Mary Snubbed!

The full NIT field was announced last night.


Waco Regional

1) Baylor (32-26) at large, Big-12
2) New Mexico (34-25) at large, Mountain West

3) Creighton (37-21) at large, MVC

4) Jacksonville State (37-22) SWAC Champions


Charleston Regional
1) Charlestown (39-20) Southern Conference champions
2) Duke (37-18) at large, ACC

3) Kent State (36-21) MAC Champions

4) Army (25-25) Patriot Champions


Springfield Regional
1) Missouri State (40-17) at large, Missouri Valley
2) Cincinnati (39-20) at large, Big East

3) Georgia Southern (33-25) at large, Southern

4) Xavier (27-31) A-10 Champions


Clemson Regional
1) Clemson (31-27) at large, ACC
2) Canisius (41-13) Metro Atlantic Champions

3) Central Florida (31-27) at large, C-USA

4) Monmouth (37-16) NEC Champions


Corvallis Regional
1) Oregon State (28-24) at large, Pac-10
2) UC – Santa Barbara (35-21) at large, WCC

3) San Diego State (31-28) at large, MWC

4) Marshall (30-30) at large, C-USA


Pullman Regional
1) Washington State (30-26) at large, Pac-10
2) Santa Clara (32-22) at large, WCC

3) Kansas State (29-29) at large, Big-12

4) San Francisco (31-26) at large, WCC


Fort Myers Regional
1) Florida Gulf Coast (38-15) Atlantic Sun Champions
2) South Florida (31-27) at large, Big East

3) Florida Atlantic (32-27) at large, Sun Belt

4) Binghamton (29-27) AEC Champions


San Antonio Regional
1) Texas San-Antonio (39-19) Southland Conference Champions
2) Louisiana Monroe (34-24) Sunbelt Conference Champions

3) Washington (33-22) at large, Pac-10

4) Jackson State (37-22) SWAC Champions


Release of the full brackets spread joy and misery in equal helpings across the nation.  Tony Gwynn tearfully addressed his players after the cheering died down, "Never say die.  Leave it all on the field.  Oh, screw the clichés guys, let’s just feel the moment!"  Up the coast in Seattle University of Washington’s head coach Ken Knutson set aside the traditional champagne and instead handed out small cups of dark roast coffee to his players.  "That is what we drink here in Seattle.  And besides, I want my players ready for practice tomorrow morning at day break."


The mood in South Bend was much more subdued.  "First "that" football season, and now yet another disappointing blow," said president reverend John Jenkins.  "Thankfully we have our faith to see us through this dark valley."


The situation was less restrained in Williamsburg, Virginia.  "Bitter disappointment like this must be purged by the students in the manner they see fit." said Anthropology professor Johnson Xavier.  "The students cannot help but feel this is an assault on their masculine identity.  The outburst was entirely predictable."

Play will start this weekend.  The eight team to emerge from the initial round will be paired up in four super regional "best of three" series.  The final four teams remaining will travel to New York City where the NIT championship will be determined in a double elimination tournament held at Yankee Stadium.

Disclaimer – None of this is real.  But all college baseball fans should can follow the tournament by visiting the College Baseball Dugout  this week and cheering on your favorite teams.