Louisville's baseball team earned the No. 3 overall seed for the NCAA Championships. The Louisville regional will include the Cardinals Bradley, Michigan and Morehead State.
Bradley (35-19) will face Michigan (35-19) at 2 p.m. Friday in the opener. The Cardinals (43-16) and Eagles (38-20) will play at 6 p.m. Both games will be available to watch online on ESPN3.
In its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Louisville dominated the Atlantic Division in record-setting fashion with a 25-5 mark. For the Cardinals, it was their fourth straight regular-season conference championship, including each of the last three in different leagues.
Louisville has already earned its fourth straight 40-win season and the eighth in nine years under the direction of Coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals have finished with 40 or more regular season wins in three straight seasons and five times in the last seven seasons overall.
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The Cardinals were 25-6 at home this season. They have won eight straight NCAA postseason games at Jim Patterson Stadium.
■ Morehead State earned an automatic bid to the tournament by winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 1993.
"Louisville has a great program, but we are excited to be playing there," OVC Coach of the Year Mike McGuire said. "It is close enough that we should have a great crowd follow us. We have played at their venue before so that should help us out."
The Eagles, who have won 27 of their last 34 games, have already set school records for wins and conference wins (20) this year.
■ UCLA's dominance in the Pac-12 earned the school its first No. 1 national seed for the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins (42-14) edged out Southeastern Conference regular-season champion LSU (48-10) even though they lost two of three at Oregon in their last series.
UCLA didn't even make the tournament last year, following its 2013 national championship with an injury-riddled 25-30-1 season.
The Bruins have bounced back on the strength of a pitching staff that leads the nation with a 2.16 ERA and a much-improved offense that's batting .285 and averaging better than six runs a game.
■ The NCAA field included seven teams from the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky (30-25), which lost to Auburn in the opening round of the league's tournament, did not get a bid.
The SEC schools earning spots were Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
LSU Coach Paul Mainieri's team has been the consensus No. 1 team in the major polls for a month. He said he had no problem with the selection committee's decision on national seedings.
The Tigers have one of the country's most powerful offenses, batting .320 and scoring 7.2 runs a game. They lost to Florida in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
"A lot was made of, 'Are we going to be the No. 1 overall seed?' I wasn't the least bit concerned about it," Mainieri said. "UCLA is very deserving of that honor. We would have been deserving as well. It really doesn't matter."
■ According to the selection committee, the last four teams in the field were Maryland, South Florida, Oregon and Clemson. The first four out were North Carolina, Missouri, Michigan State and Southern Mississippi.