When the Presbyterian Blue Hose play baseball in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, it might be likened to the Charge of the Light Brigade. Odds are it will not turn out well.

On the other hand, the words of James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington come to mind:

I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for ...

In the Nashville Regional of the NCAA Division I baseball tournament, Presbyterian (22-21) will face the No. 4 national seed, Vanderbilt (40-15), on Friday at 7 p.m. EDT. The Commodores won the most recent College World Series in 2019. PC is where Vandy head coach Tim Corbin began his career.

Joining PC and Vanderbilt in Nashville will be Indiana State (30-19) and Georgia Tech (29-23), who will play at 1 p.m.

Presbyterian won the Big South championship on Saturday with an 8-5 victory over Campbell, which remarkably also received a bid to the national tournament. The Big 10 got three bids; the Big South got two.

Elton Pollock Jr. is in his 17th year at Presbyterian. Not only is this Pollock’s first trip to the NCAAs; it is the first in school history.

The Blue Hose are hardly the only longshots. Three teams – Jacksonville (Fla.), Southern (La.) and Norfolk (Va.) State – have below-.500 records.

Each regional features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Thursday, June 3 to Monday, June 7 (if necessary).

A small number of outfield tickets remain available for Regionals. Outfield all-session tickets are $70 and individual game tickets are $10.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at vucommodores.com or by calling the Vanderbilt Athletics ticket office at 615-322-4653 during business hours beginning Tuesday, June 1.

The eight national seeds are: (1.) Arkansas (46-10), (2.) Texas (42-15), (3.) Tennessee (45-16), (4.) Vanderbilt (40-15), (5.) Arizona (40-15), (6.) TCU (40-17), (7.) Mississippi State (40-15) and (8.) Texas Tech (36-15).

The entire field is listed below by regional:

Fayetteville, Ark.

Arkansas (46-10)

Northeaster (36-10

Nebraska (31-12)

New Jersey Institute of Technology (26-22)

Ruston, La.

Louisiana Tech (40-18)

Alabama (31-24)

N.C. State (30-17)

Rider (23-16)

Palo Alto, Calif.

Stanford (33-14)

Nevada (25-18)

Cal Irvine (40-16)

North Dakota State (41-17)

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech (36-15)

North Carolina (27-25)

UCLA (35-18)

Army (28-23)

Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona (40-15)

Cal Santa Barbara (39-18)

Oklahoma State (35-17-1)

Grand Canyon (39-19-1)

Oxford, Miss.

Ole Miss (41-19)

Florida State (30-22)

Southern Miss (37-19)

SE Missouri State (30-20)

Greenville, N.C.

East Carolina (41-15)

Maryland (28-16)

Charlotte (39-19)

Norfolk State (25-26)

Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt (40-15)

Indiana State (30-19)

Georgia Tech (29-23)

Presbyterian (22-21)

Austin, Texas

Texas (42-15)

Fairfield (37-3)

Arizona State (32-20)

Southern (20-28)

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida (38-20)

South Alabama (33-20)

Miami (32-19)

South Floria (28-27)

South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame (30-11)

Michigan (27-17)

Uconn (33-18)

Central Michigan (40-16)

Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State (40-15

Campbell (35-16)

VCU (37-14)

Samford (35-22)

Fort Worth, Texas

TCU (40-17)

Dallas Baptist (37-15)

Oregon State (34-22)

McNeese (32-28)


Old Dominion (42-14)

Virginia (29-23)

South Carolina (33-21)

Jacksonville (16-32)

Eugene, Ore.

Oregon (37-14)

LSU (34-22)

Gonzaga (33-17)

Central Connecticut (28-13)

Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee (45-16)

Liberty (39-14)

Duke (32-20)

Wright State (35-11)