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2013 NCAA region baseball previews

Bloomington Region

Where: Bart Kaufman Field, Bloomington, Ind.

Who: No. 1 seed Indiana (43-14); No. 2 Austin Peay (45-13); No. 3 Florida (29-28); No. 4 Valparaiso (31-26)

Today: Florida vs. Austin Peay, 1 p.m.; Indiana vs. Valparaiso, 7

Of note: Florida is making its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance, and though the Gators struggled this season, they had the nation's No. 2 strength of schedule. Austin Peay has the nation's longest winning streak (15). Indiana's Kyle Schwarber is hitting .374 with 16 home runs, and Will Coursen-Carr (1.81 ERA) and Aaron Slegers (1.93) comprise the heart of a pitching staff that is seventh nationally in ERA.

Tallahassee Region

Where: Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium, Tallahassee

Who: No. 1 seed Florida State (44-15); No. 2 Alabama (34-26); No. 3 Troy (40-18); No. 4 Savannah State (33-21)

Today: Alabama vs. Troy, noon (ESPNU); FSU vs. Savannah State, 5

Of note: The Seminoles are making their 36th consecutive NCAA appearance and are a national seed for the ninth time since 1999. Savannah State pitcher Kyle McGowin has a 1.33 ERA with 129 strikeouts and 24 walks in 115⅓ innings. Troy is hitting .295, averaging 7.3 runs and 9.9 hits. Its pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA while holding opponents to a .252 average. Alabama will open the series with senior pitcher Charley Sullivan, who has a team-high 75 strikeouts and a team-leading 91 innings pitched.

Louisville Region

Where: Jim Patterson Stadium, Louisville, Ky.

Who: No. 1 seed Louisville (46-12); No. 2 Miami (36-23); No. 3 Oklahoma State (39-17); No. 4 Bowling Green (24-29)

Today: Miami vs. Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.; Louisville vs. Bowling Green, 6

Of note: The Hurricanes extend their NCAA tournament consecutive-appearances record to 41, having not missed the tourney field since 1972. Projected starter Chris Diaz has just one postseason appearance, but in his past eight starts, dating to April 5, he has allowed just eight earned runs (57⅓ innings) for a 1.76 ERA. UM coach Jim Morris remains hospitalized with pneumonia; acting coach Gino DiMare said the earliest Morris might arrive would be tonight. Oklahoma State's top two pitchers are Tyler Nurdin and Jason Hursh, who boast a 1.83 ERA and 2.65 ERA respectively. Louisville's Adam Engel has 40 stolen bases on team that ranks third in the nation with 142 steals, and closer Nick Burdi has a 0.88 ERA, with 56 strikeouts in 30⅔ innings). This is Bowling Green's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1999.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

2013 NCAA region baseball previews 05/30/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:50pm]
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