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Utah baseball: Breaking down the field at the NCAA Oxford Regional

Utah celebrates their win over Washington at Smiths Ballpark in Salt Lake City for the Pac-12 baseball Championship Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Utah celebrates their win over Washington at Smiths Ballpark in Salt Lake City for the Pac-12 baseball Championship Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Scott G Winterton,

The University of Utah baseball team made history last weekend, becoming the first Ute men’s squad to win a Pac-12 championship as it went from worst to first in the Conference of Champions.

Now Utah will move on to the NCAA Tournament, where it will play in the Oxford Regional as the No. 4 seed.

Joining the Utes in the regional will be their first opponent in the double-elimination event, the top-seeded host Ole Miss Rebels, as well as the No. 2-seed Tulane Green Wave and No. 3-seed Boston College Eagles.

Here’s a look at the Oxford Regional and what Utah faces if it wants to advance.


Utah Utes

Record: 25-27, 19-11 Pac-12 Conference

How they got here: Earned an automatic bid after winning the Pac-12

The last 10: 7-3

Batting leaders: Batting average: Cody Scaggari, .328; Dallas Carroll, .316; DaShawn Keirsey Jr., .312

RBIs: Scaggari, 32; Carroll, 32; Josh Rose, 32

Home runs: Carroll, 7; Rose, 6; two tied with 4

Top pitchers: Jayson Rose, 2.62 ERA, 8-5 record, 102 strikeouts, 103 innings pitched

Josh Lapiana, 4.18 ERA, 4-5 record, 50 strikeouts, 92.2 innings pitched

Dalton Carroll, 5.20 ERA, 5-7 record, 45 strikeouts, 79.2 innings pitched

Record vs. teams in regional: 0-0

Of note: The Utes last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2009, where, as a 4-seed, they fell to top-seeded Cal State Fullerton.


Ole Miss Rebels

Record: 43-17, 18-12 Southeastern Conference

How they got here: Earned a bid as a regional host

The last 10: 6-4

Batting leaders: Batting average: Henri Lartigue, .362; Tate Blackman, .329; J.B. Woodman, .327

RBIs: Woodman, 54; Colby Bortles, 49; Blackman, 37

Home runs: Woodman, 14; Bortles, 7; two tied with 4

Top pitchers: Brady Bramlett, 3.14 ERA, 8-3 record, 91 strikeouts, 77.1 innings pitched

Chad Smith, 4.22 ERA, 4-4 record, 62 strikeouts, 59.2 innings pitched

James McArthur, 4.26 ERA, 6-1 record, 61 strikeouts, 61.1 innings pitched

Record vs. teams in regional: 0-0

Of note: This marks the 14th time in 16 seasons the Rebels have made the NCAA Tournament under head coach Mike Bianco.


Tulane Green Wave

Record: 39-19, 15-7 American Athletic Conference

How they got here: Earned an at-large bid after winning the American regular season title

The last 10: 5-5

Batting leaders: Batting average: Stephen Alemais, .318; Jake Willsey, .281; Richard Carthon, .279

RBIs: Jeremy Montalbano, 43; Hunter Hope, 35; Lex Kaplan, 34

Home runs: Hope, 13; Montalbano, 11; Willsey, 10

Top pitchers: Emerson Gibbs, 2.44 ERA, 6-3 record, 83 strikeouts, 103.1 innings pitched

Ross Massey, 2.40 ERA, 9-3 record, 47 strikeouts, 82.1 innings pitched

Alex Massey, 4.08 ERA, 6-4 record, 66 strikeouts, 75 innings pitched

J.P. France, 3.22 ERA, 6-3 record, 64 strikeouts, 72.2 innings pitched

Record vs. teams in regional: 0-0

Of note: Tulane is making its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance under second-year head coach David Pierce after a six-year absence.


Boston College Eagles

Record: 31-20, 13-15 Atlantic Coast Conference

How they got here: Earned an at-large bid after finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division of the ACC

The last 10: 8-2

Batting leaders: Batting average: Michael Strem, .306; Logan Hoggarth, .289; Nick Sciortino, .280

RBIs: Joe Cronin, 34; Strem, 31; Johnny Adams, 22

Home runs: Cronin, 4; five tied with 2

Top pitchers: Mike King, 3.15 ERA, 7-4 record, 56 strikeouts, 91.1 innings pitched

Jacob Stevens, 2.04 ERA, 3-3 record, 67 strikeouts, 66.1 innings pitched

Jesse Adams, 4.20 ERA, 5-5 record, 34 strikeouts, 45 innings pitched

Record vs. teams in regional: 0-0

Of note: Like Utah, the Eagles will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2009.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.