The carnage was historic. No less than five of eight national seeds and an astounding nine of 16 regional hosts wound up being eliminated in the first weekend of the NCAA baseball tournament.
The final eight in Omaha will represent a complete turnover from 2013, as only one school has a chance for a return trip.
All told, four No. 2 seeds, four No. 3 seeds and even a No. 4 seed have a chance of making college baseball’s ultimate show, to be televised somewhere on the ESPN dial where they will take second billing. The reason? Something about a soccer tournament they pay an enormous sum to televise.
Four Texas schools and three California schools are still alive, but incredibly no one from Florida remains. Still, the Super Regional showdowns feature a do-or-die feel not seen in Major League baseball until October. Here is a look at the eight matchups.