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2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Virginia headed to UC Santa Barbara Regional to face USC Trojans

Virginia draws the number 3 seed in the Lake Elsinore Regional being hosted by UC Santa Barbara.

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Virginia Baseball discovered their NCAA Tournament fate as they drew the third seed in the Lake Elsinore Regional, being hosted by the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. They will be joined by the second-seeded USC Trojans, and the fourth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs.

Virginia will begin the Road to Omaha on Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern against USC. The winner of the Lake Elsinore Regional will take on the winner of the Los Angeles Regional featuring UCLA, Ole Miss, Maryland, and Cal State Bakersfield.

Head coach Brian O'Connor told the media that pitcher Nathan Kirby will not be starting either of the first two games of the Regional, and that his availability would be monitored.

The ACC in total received seven bids. Louisville and Miami were named the third and sixth national seeds respectively. Florida State will serve as a host while Notre Dame and NC State earned second seeds and Clemson earned a third seed.

UNC was one of the last four out as they see their 13 year NCAA Tournament appearance streak snapped.

This marks Virginia's 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, good for sixth longest in the country. It marks the third time the Hoos have been sent to California for a regional.  The first of which was in 2008 when Virginia was sent to Fullerton, and the second of which was in 2009 when the Hoos were sent to Irvine, but ultimately found themselves in Omaha.

Here's the complete bracket:


Regionals are listed below in their Super Regional pairings with the national seed denoted by (#) and the national seed regional marked with an asterisk.

Super Regional 1

Los Angeles, CA*

1. UCLA (1)

2. Ole Miss

3. Maryland

4. CSU Bakersfield

Lake Elsinore, CA

1. UC Santa Barbara

2. USC

3. Virginia

4. San Diego State

Super Regional 2

Baton Rouge, LA*

1. LSU (2)

2. UNC Wilmington

3. Tulane

4. Lehigh

Houston, TX

1. Houston

2. Rice

3. UL Lafayette

4. Houston Baptist

Super Regional 3

Louisville, KY*

1. Louisville (3)

2. Bradley

3. Michigan

4. Morehead State

Fullerton, CA

1. Cal State Fullerton

2. Arizona State

3. Clemson

4. Pepperdine

Super Regional 4

Gainseville, FL*

1. Florida (4)

2. Florida Atlantic

3. South Florida

4. Florida A&M

Tallahassee, FL

1. Florida State

2. College of Charleston

3. Auburn

4. Mercer

Super Regional 5

Coral Gables, FL*

1. Miami (5)

2. East Carolina

3. Columbia

4. Florida International

Dallas, TX

1. Dallas Baptist

2. Oregon State

3. Texas

4. VCU

Super Regional 6

Champaign, IL*

1. Illinois (6)

2. Notre Dame

3. Wright State

4. Ohio

Nashville, TN

1. Vanderbilt

2. Radford


4. Lipscomb

Super Regional 7

Fort Worth, TX*

1. TCU (7)

2. NC State

3. Stony Brook

4. Sacred Heart

College Station, TX

1. Texas A&M

2. Coastal Carolina

3. California

4. Texas Southern

Super Regional 8
Springfield, MO*

1. Missouri State (8)

2. Iowa

3. Oregon

4. Canisius

Stillwater, OK

1. Oklahoma State

2. Arkansas

3. Oral Roberts

4. St. John's