2021 NCAA baseball tournament quick facts

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Notre Dame fans were able to get excited about baseball this year as the Fighting Irish ran away with the best record in the ACC en route to earning the top-seed in their own regional that will get underway on Friday at Frank Eck Stadium.

Related: Notre Dame baseball regional teams announced

Here are some fast facts about the 2021 NCAA baseball tournament that gets underway later this week:

SEC lands nine in the field

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The SEC is always among the best baseball conferences in the nation and this year was no different as nine different SEC teams were selected to the tournament, the most of any conference. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, LSU, Mississippi St., Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt The ACC had one fewer with eight as Duke, Florida St., Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia all qualified.

Florida State's ridiculous streak continues

Florida State earned a berth to the NCAA baseball tournament for a flat-out ridiculous 43rd consecutive season. For a little comparison on just how absurd this is, Vanderbilt has the second-longest streak at 15-straight tournament appearances while Florida checks in third with 13-consecutive tournaments.

National top 16 seeds

The national top 16 seeds are Arkansas (46-10), Texas (42-15), Tennessee (45-16), Vanderbilt (40-15), Arizona (40-15), TCU (40-17), Mississippi St. (40-15), Texas Tech (36-15), Stanford (33-14), Notre Dame (30-11), Old Dominion (42-14), Ole Miss (41-19), East Carolina (41-15), Oregon (37-14), Florida (38-20), and Louisiana Tech (40-18). Only Old Dominion isn't hosting a regional of those 16 as they'll play in the Columbia (South Carolina) regional.

First-timers

Grand Canyon, NJIT, Norfolk State, and Presbyterian are making their first appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, Nevada isn't making their first trip overall but it is the first appearance by the Wolfpack since 2000.

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