D-I NCAA Baseball Tournament: Field of 64

Sean Gilmartin of the Florida State Seminoes and the 2009 North Shore Navigators

Sean Gilmartin of the Florida State Seminoes and the 2009 North Shore Navigators

The 2009 NCAA Baseball Tournament has announced its 64-team field, led by #1 Texas, who will host one of the 16 regionals.

The Navigators will be represented by four players in tournament action:

Tyler Thompson and the Florida Gators are ranked eighth in the tournament and will host a regional in Gainesville.  In order to advance to the super regionals, Florida will have to outlast Bethune-Cookman, Jacksonville, and in-state rival Miami.  Awaiting the winner of the Gainesville regional will be the winner of the regional to be held at Georgia Tech.

Sean Gilmartin and the Florida State Seminoles will host a regional and compete with Marist, Ohio St., and Georgia.  The winner of this regional will be on a collision course with the winner of the regional hosted by the #7 Oklahoma Sooners. 

…this should be one of the most competitive regionals; georgia has a ton of talent in a down year and ohio state has their best team in recent history…

Matt Marquis and the Vanderbilt Commodores will play in the Louisville regional with Middle Tennessee and Indiana.  The winner of the regional hosted by #2 Cal-State Fullerton awaits the winner of the Louisville regional.

…i had the opportunity to broadcast big ten baseball this past year, and indiana has some very talented players.  their catcher, josh phegley, is one of the best hitters in the country and should be a first round pick in june’s draft…

Chris Kowalski and the Boston College Eagles will have their hands full, playing in the same regional as #1 Texas along with Army and Texas State.  The winner of the Texas regional will do battle with the winner of the TCU regional, which features perennial powerhouse Oregon State.

…we’ll have more updates when the tournament begins on may 29…

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