Baseball fans can watch the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament live online and see which team emerges as the nation’s best.
The tournament kicked off Friday with a slate of 32 games, including top-seeded Oregon State.
On Monday the NCAA committee had named the Pac-12 champions as the top seed for the NCAA tournament, and the Beavers delivered with an opening-game win over North Dakota State.
Many thought that Virginia or Florida could have taken the top seed, but Oregon State coach Pat Casey said his team had a slight edge.
“I thought if you took Florida and Oregon State and Virginia, you could find a reason for any of them to be the [No. 1] seed,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said. “When it came down to the fact neither Florida or Virginia were automatic qualifiers, I thought that might swing it our way.”
Fans who watch the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament live online will get to see an Oregon State squad with one of the nation’s best starting rotations in Ben Wetzler, Jace Fry, and Andrew Moore.
There are some other strong contenders for the national title as well. At 40-21, Florida won its third SEC regular season title in five years, doing so with the toughest schedule in the nation.
Virginia (44-13) has a nearly unstoppable pitching staff led by sophomore left-hander Nathan Kirby, but come into the tournament having dropped four of their last six games.
The other five national seeds are Indiana, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, TCU, and LSU.
There are also some first-time teams in the tournament, including Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference and Sacramento State of the Western Athletic Conference.
But for the most part, fans who watch the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament live online will see some familiar teams. Exactly half of the 64 teams in the tournament were also in it last year — though defending champion UCLA was not one of them. The Bruins finished 25-30-1 in their title defense, failing to make the tournament for the first time since 2009.
The tournament is made up of 16 regionals of four teams each, playing in a double-elimination style. The winners move on to best-of-three super regionals next week.
The full schedule of games in the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament can be found here.
Fans who want to watch the 2014 NCAA baseball tournament live online can click here for streaming video through WatchESPN.