Notes and quick-hitters on the other three teams in the field ...
At-large bid, regional host
Overall record: 42-16
13-7 vs. RPI top 50
30-10 at home
16-8 Big 12
1-2 Big 12 tournament
Ranked as high as No. 3 by the coaches this season.
Lost to Missouri and Kansas in the Big 12 tournament, both by 5-3 scores.
Led Big 12 in pitching at 2.86 ERA, third in hitting at .292, second in runs scored at 345.
Three starters with sub-3 ERAs and over 80 innings pitched. Michael Wacha, 8-1, 2.21; Rafael Pineda 5-1, 2.78; Ross Stripling 10-3, 2.21. All three are right-handers.
1-2 neutral sites
7-7 vs RPI top 50
Big 12 member next season
1-2 Mountain West tournament, losing to New Mexico 5-2, San Diego State 12-11.
Ranked as high as No. 10 in preseason
Fourth in the five-team Mountain West in hitting at .268, led in pitching at 3.17 ERA, fourth in runs scored at 305
Fifty stolen bases in 80 attempts, 26 home runs.
RHP Andrew Mitchell 3.62 ERA, 93 strikeouts, .199 opponent batting average.
On a team that didn't figure prominently in its conference offensive statistics, Josh Elander was sixth in on-base percentage at .442, fourth in home runs with eight, eighth in runs scored with 48, first in walks with 39.
Atlantic 10 tournament champion
4-2 neutral sites
0-1 vs. RPI top 50
18-12 vs. RPI 201-plus
17-7 in A-10 regular season; shared regular season title with St. Louis, which finished 41-18.
Defeated St. Joseph's, Richmond and Richmond again to win tournament title and automatic bid
Lost 19-6 at Kentucky in regular season
Led A-10 in hitting at .293, ninth in pitching at 4.77 ERA. Last in fielding at .957 with a conference-high 103 errors. Leads nation in stolen bases with 162. Dayton has eight players with 10 or more stolen bases, including shortstop Brian Blasik, the team's leading hitter at .344, with a school-record 64 career stolen bases.