(AP) - Top-ranked UC Irvine has been selected to host a college baseball regional for the first time in school history.
The Anteaters, a College World Series participant two years ago, joined Louisville and TCU on Sunday as first-time hosts. Each of the 16 host schools are guaranteed berths in the 64-team tournament, which starts Friday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference led the field with four schools - Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina - selected as hosts. The Southeastern Conference was next with three: Florida, LSU and Mississippi.
The other hosts are: Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, East Carolina, Oklahoma, Rice and Texas.
The rest of the field, including the top eight national seeds, will be announced Monday.