UCLA is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time.
The Division I Baseball Committee on Monday made the Pac-12 champion Bruins (42-14) the top seed over Southeastern Conference regular-season champion LSU (48-10).
The other six national seeds, in order, are: Louisville, Florida, Miami, Illinois, TCU and Missouri State.
The tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals. Best-of-three super regionals are next week, with those winners moving to the College World Series in Omaha.
This is the third time since 2010 UCLA has earned a national seed. UCLA, which lost two of three at Oregon this past weekend, starts the tournament in Los Angeles against Cal State Bakersfield. Maryland and Mississippi also are in the Bruins’ regional.
A total of five teams featuring Hawaii high school graduates on their roster will be playing in the regional round.
KJ Harrison – Punahou
Christian Donahue – Iolani
Mark Karaviotis – Maui
Kolten Yamaguchi – Konawaena
Bo Coolen – Punahou
Tim Arakawa – Moanalua
Rick Nomura – Punahou