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June 5, 2014

NCAA baseball super regionals: 10 things to know

Oklahoma State set to host UC-Irvine in Super Regional play

OMAHA, Neb. — Five of the eight national seeds already have been eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament. If the upsets continue in super regionals, there'll be some new faces at the College World Series next week.

The winner between Texas Tech and College of Charleston will make its CWS debut, Maryland will be going for its first trip to Omaha, Nebraska, and you can't forget about those Owls of first-time NCAA tournament participant Kennesaw State.

Here are 10 topics to consider heading into the best-of-three super regionals, which start Friday:

BIG 12 BOUNTY: While the SEC laments having eight of its record 10 NCAA tournament teams eliminated, the Big 12 is celebrating having Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU and Texas hosting super regionals. Four ACC teams hosted super regionals last year. Before that, no conference had so many host since the tournament went to its current format in 1999.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Houston coach Todd Whitting said Monday he was certain his team would be a host for its first super regional since 2003. He found out Tuesday that the Cougars couldn't match Texas' super-regional bid. Houston and Texas both were No. 2 regional seeds. But the Longhorns have a bigger stadium and, according to the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, guaranteed the NCAA gross revenue of $253,250 for a three-game series. Houston promised $135,787.

STANFORD POWER SURGE: Of Stanford's 35 home runs, nine were hit in its five regional games. No other team hit more than four. Two of Stanford's were timely — Wayne Taylor's pinch-hit, three-run shot that keyed a comeback win over Indiana to force a second championship game, and Tommy Edman's two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth in the clincher. Vanderbilt, the Cardinal's opponent, has given up one home run in its last eight games and just 15 for the season.

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