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ECU, UNCW headed to NCAA regionals in Coral Gables, Fla., Baton Rouge, La.

In addition to N.C. State, East Carolina and UNC-Wilmington made NCAA baseball regionals.

East Carolina Pirates

Ranking: No. 2 seed

Record: 40-20

Where they’re headed: Coral Gables, Fla., regional

Open with Columbia

How they got there: The Pirates swept through the American Athletic Conference tournament, beating Houston 9-1 on Sunday to clinch the automatic bid.

Miami, an ACC team, is the regional host and top seed. The Pirates, the No. 2 seed in the region, went 2-4 against ACC teams this season, getting swept in a three-game series by Virginia, splitting two games with N.C. State and topping Duke.

About that regional:

No. 1 Miami (44-14): The Hurricanes are ranked No. 1 in the RPI and then No. 5 overall seed in the bracket.

No. 3 Columbia (31-15): The Lions won the Ivy League for a third straight year and also have wins over NCAA teams Houston and St. John's.

No. 4 Florida International (29-29): The Panthers scored 44 runs in four Conference USA tournament games to clinch an automatic bid.

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks

Ranking: No. 2 seed

Record: 39-16

Where they’re headed: Baton Rouge, La./ regional

Open with Tulane

How they got there: The Seahawks knocked off College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. They got swept by Charleston during the regular season but beat the Cougars twice in the CAA tournament.

About that regional: No. 1 LSU (48-10): The Tigers are the No. 2 overall seed in the bracket and one of the favorites to win the College World Series.

No. 3 Tulane (34-23): Did the Green Wave take UNC's spot in the bracket? An at-large team from the American Athletic, Tulane ranked lower in the RPI (43) than UNC (28) and was just 4-11 vs. the top 50 RPI teams (compared to 9-15 for UNC).

No. 4 Lehigh (25-29): The Mountain Hawks beat Navy in a three-game series for the Patriot League title.

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