The 2017 NCAA Super Regionals begin this weekend. The eight winners of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha.
SEC TIES RECORD WITH 6 SUPER REGIONAL TEAMS:
The SEC has six teams in the 2017 NCAA Super Regionals, tying its own record for most teams in a Super Regional; Florida, LSU, Vanderbilt, Miss. State, Kentucky and Texas A&M have advanced to this year’s Super Regionals.
The SEC also had six Super Regional teams in 2004 as Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all won NCAA Regionals.
The SEC sent four teams to the 2004 CWS as Arkansas (defeated Florida State), Georgia (defeated Georgia Tech); LSU (defeated Texas A&M) and South Carolina (defeated East Carolina) to win Super Regionals; Florida (lost to Miami) and Vanderbilt (lost to Texas) were eliminated in the Super Regional round.
ALL-TIME SUPER REGIONAL APPEARANCES:
Florida State is making its NCAA-leading 16th NCAA Super Regional appearance this season; FSU is making its third straight Super Regional appearance and ninth in the last 10 years; FSU has not advanced to the College World Series since 2012; FSU has advanced to the Super Regionals every year since 1999 with the exception of 2006, 2007 and 2014.
LSU and Cal State Fullerton are making their 13th NCAA Super Regional appearance this season, the second-most all-time.
Cal State Fullerton and Miami (Fla.) have 18 Super Regional wins, the most in NCAA Tournament history; South Carolina and Texas are tied for third place with 17 wins; LSU is fifth all-time with 16 Super Regional wins.
SUPER REGIONAL MATCHUPS WITH TWO TEAMS FROM SAME CONFERENCE:
Two of this year’s Super Regionals will match teams from the same conference; No. 4 national seed and SEC co-champion LSU will host SEC Western Division rival Miss. State in Baton Rouge, while Big West Conference champion Long Beach State will host Cal State Fullerton with a trip to Omaha on the line.
LSU swept Miss. State during the regular season series in Starkville on May 18-20; Long Beach State won both series against Cal State Fullerton this season, including 1-0 victories in the final game of each series.
There have now been 11 Super Regional series pitting two teams from the same conference since the format was adopted in 1999; Miss. State at LSU is fourth SEC vs. SEC matchup in the Super Regionals and first since Miss. State played at Florida in the 2011 Super Regionals; CS Fullerton and Long Beach State marks the first time Big West teams have met in the Super Regionals.
Year Super Regionals (Same Conference Teams)
1999 LSU at Alabama; Oklahoma State at Baylor; USC at Stanford
2002 Stanford at USC
2005 USC at Oregon State
2006 South Carolina at Georgia
2011 Miss. State at Florida
2015 Maryland at Virginia
2016 Boston College at Miami
2017 Miss. State at LSU; CS Fullerton at Long Beach State
CURRENT WINNING STREAKS:
LSU owns the nation’s second-longest winning streak entering the 2017 NCAA Tournament; the Tigers have won 14 straight games heading into the 2017 NCAA Super Regionals; No. 1 national seed Oregon State had the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games entering the Corvallis Super Regional.
LONGEST ACTIVE WINNING STREAKS
Oregon State 19
Florida State 4
Miss. State 4