How NCAA baseball series work

May 31, 2013 

NCAA format


The NCAA tournament features 64 teams in 16 regionals. Each regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament, which means a team is eliminated after two losses.

Game 3 Saturday afternoon: Friday’s losers (both 0-1) play Saturday afternoon. Losing team is eliminated.

Game 4 Saturday night: Friday’s winners (both 1-0) play Saturday night. The winner advances to Sunday night (Game 6). Loser plays in Game 5 Sunday afternoon.

Game 5 Sunday afternoon: Game 3 winner (1-1) vs. Game 4 loser (1-1). Losing team is eliminated. Winner advances to Game 6.

Game 6 Sunday night: Game 4 winner (2-0) vs. Game 5 winner (2-1). If the 2-0 team wins, it wins the regional. If the 2-1 team wins, the two teams will play again Monday, with that winner advancing to the super regional.

Game 7 Monday (if necessary): Rematch of Game 6. The winner wins the regional.

Super regional

Each regional winner is paired against another regional winner and will play a best-of-3 series.

The eight teams that win the super regional advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

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