GAINESVILLE, Fla. - College of Charleston athletic director Joe Hull said the Cougars submitted a bid to the NCAA to host this weekend's baseball super regional, but won't know the team's travel plans until Tuesday morning.
The fourth-seeded Cougars (44-17) beat Long Beach State, 4-2, on Monday to win the Gainesville Regional and move on to the super regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament, where they will face Texas Tech.
The NCAA announced late Monday that super regional sites, dates and times will be announced Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Schools normally submit bids for super regionals to the NCAA in early May. When it became apparent that the Cougars had a chance to win the regional, Hull submitted a bid to the NCAA on Monday morning.
As a No. 4 seed in the Gainesville Regional, Hull said the chances of the Cougars hosting a super regional are not good.
"We'll have to wait and see what happens, but we're hopeful," Hull said.
While the Cougars are hopeful, all indications Monday were that the super regional will be played in Lubbock, Texas.
Hull said several factors determine who will host a super regional, including the school's seeding, RPI ranking, its facilities and guaranteed money. Texas Tech's RPI was in the top 20 prior to the Miami Regional. The Cougars were No. 53.
"The NCAA never really tells you what exactly they're looking for," Hull said.
Texas Tech plays in Rip Griffin Park, which has a capacity of more than 4,500. The Cougars' home field at Patriots Point, even with adding temporary bleachers, can accommodate about 1,500 fans, Hull said.
"I know facilities are important when the NCAA is making their decision," Hull said.