Over the past several weeks, we’ve discussed Liberty baseball and it’s chances at advancing to the NCAA Tournament field and making a regional. The easiest and most direct path is to win the ASUN Tournament and clinch the league’s automatic bid, obviously, but the Flames also have a pretty good chance at earning an at-large birth should the team falter.
Should Liberty advance to the NCAA Tournament, here’s a look at the the most likely destinations for the Flames who are likely a No. 3 seed if they get in:
Columbia, South Carolina
South Carolina has been projected as one of the regional hosts in recent weeks, but they have hit a bit of a rough patch, getting swept this past week by Ole Miss. If the Gamecocks can regroup, they could once again be a favorite to be a host team once again.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is currently 31-14 overall and 16-7 in Conference USA play and could be in play to be a regional host. The 49ers have a current RPI of No. 11.
Tennessee is 34-11 overall and 14-7 in the SEC and continue to be included among one of the projected regional hosts. The Volunteers are ranked in the top 10 and could forge their way into a top eight seed.
Greenville, North Carolina
East Carolina has been a popular regional host team over the past month as the Pirates have an RPI currently at No. 16 following their 30-9 record and 12-4 mark in the American.
Virginia Tech has struggled the past couple of weeks, but if they get things corrected and go on a run the Hokies could be a host. Like Liberty, Old Dominion is having a tremendous season. It’s likely the Monarchs will receive a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but they could luck into a host site. If either Virginia Tech or Old Dominion are a host team, the Flames could likely end up there.
A couple who are likely to be regional hosts but might be a little further away than Liberty will need to travel are Vanderbilt and Louisville.