OSU still hopes to host regional
The Oregon State baseball team has three weeks left to enhance its seeding for the college baseball postseason.
But time is running out for the Beavers to buoy their case to host an NCAA regional.
The NCAA is poised to unveil the 16 host sites for the opening round of the college baseball tournament by the end of the week, so the Beavers’ resume over the first 46 games will determine whether their chase for another College World Series berth begins on the road or at Goss Stadium. The Beavers, who hosted regionals for three consecutive years before the pandemic prematurely ended the 2020 season, submitted a bid to host earlier this spring.
“I know we put in our bid for it and we definitely want to host,” OSU coach Mitch Canham said. “When all that stuff comes out, we’ll deal with it accordingly. But it’d be hard to imagine baseball, especially in the postseason, not here at Goss.”
Host sites are traditionally unveiled the day before the 64-team tournament field is announced on Memorial Day. But because of safety and travel concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA plans to release a shortlist of potential hosts three weeks early.
It will be as hard as ever for the NCAA selection committee to judge bids and settle on host sites, as schools have been forced to adapt to life with COVID-19 and play through a virus that has caused widespread cancellations and regionalized schedules. After wondering for months whether there would even be a season, college baseball teams had to scramble in January to find opponents to play outside of their traditional conference matchups.