Big East champs Xavier baseball headed to regional tournament in Louisville

by Garry Watts June 1, 2017, 0:47
Big East champs Xavier baseball headed to regional tournament in Louisville

After winning the SEC tournament and a share of the SEC regular season championship, the LSU Tigers have secured a Top 4 National Seed.

The at-large selection is Michigan's first since 2007, though the Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2015 by way of winning the Big Ten Tournament, which serves as an automatic qualifier. The Hoos and Dallas Baptist have no common opponents this season, although the Patriots lost twice to host TCU in a home-and-home during the season.

Meanwhile top-seeded Texas Tech will take on fourth-seeded DE on Friday in Lubbock, while third-seeded Sam Houston State will face second-seeded Arizona on the Tech campus.

The victor of the Baton Rouge Regional will face the victor of the Hattiesburg Regional, hosted by Southern Mississippi, in an NCAA Super Regional next weekend. In its regional pod, Arizona earned the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 seed Sam Houston State at 4 p.m. PT on June 2. "And they've played in our park plenty of times, so that's not going to faze them in any way". The Blue Devils have won more than 30 games in a season seven times under Hickey.

Note: Texas Tech, ranked No. 3 by D1baseball.com, is hosting a regional in back-to-back seasons for the second time in school history. In addition to Clemson and North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville and Wake Forest will host.

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Auburn will face off against No. 2 seed UCF (40-20) at 11 a.m CDT. on Friday in a game that can be seen on ESPN2.

Virginia (42-14) is headed to the TCU regional as the No. 2 seed in that foursome.

Under first-year coach Steve Bieser, the Tigers (36-23) ran off a 20-game winning streak from February 18 to March 21, the second-longest win streak in team history but lost six of their first eight SEC series before winning the final two.

None of the top four seeded teams have won the College World Series since 1999, when Miami beat Florida State, 6-5.

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