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Friday, June 02, 2006

Regionals full of shockers

For the NCAA baseball selection committee, Day 1 of the 2006 tournament has to have been one of mixed feelings.

Notorious at-large selection Mississippi State loses to Elon by a run. Notre Dame, which whined about its seeding as a No. 3, loses in 16 innings to the College of Charleston. Both Elon and CofC are members of the Southern Conference, a league that rarely gets an at-large bid to the tournament.

So kudos to the committee for taking a SoCon team as an at-large.

Overall, the day has been one of surprises (Wichita State edges Houston; Prairie View scares Rice) and pretty good baseball (Oklahoma State's sub-two-hour win over Princeton). But the committee can't be feeling too good about several of its at-large selections.


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