After a punching its ticket to the NCAA Regional, Braxton Stowe and his Saint Louis University Menís Baseball teammates could only wait and see where they would be headed. The team got its answer as the NCAA announced that they would occupy the No. 4-seed in the Oxford, Miss., regional, hosted by Ole Miss.
Saint Louis University (38-18) will look to not only continue its success of late, but continue the string of success that the Atlantic 10 has seen in the NCAA Regional. The representative of the league in the NCAA Regional has advanced to a Super Regional in two out of the last three seasons. VCU made it through the Dallas Regional in 2015 while Davidson defeated the field in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 2017.
Saint Louis was placed in the Oxford Regional along with the host and No. 4 team in the nation, Ole Miss. Ole Miss. have had a big season in the SEC in 2018 and completed their run in Hoover, Ala., with a dominant 9-1 win over LSU in the championship game of the postseason tournament. The home team enters NCAA Regional play with an incredible 46-win season and features a .303 batting average and a top-level starter in Ryan Rolison. The lefty transfer out of Jackson, Tenn. (University of Jackson) enters play with a 9-4 record and opponents are hitting .239 against him.
The SEC placed 10 teams in the field of 64, an NCAA record, showing how difficult the gauntlet of the conference and tournament were for Ole Miss.
Also in the field are a couple of teams that have made waves in in the Midwest. Tennessee Tech earned the No. 2-seed and made a statement in college baseball in 2018 as perhaps the most dangerous hitting team in the nation. The Golden Eagles finished with an incredible team batting average of .342 and a team slugging percentage of over .600.