Texas Longhorns baseball (37-22) may have narrowly missed the cut for hosting an NCAA tournament regional, but the ‘Horns are back in the big dance after missing out a season ago.
Texas was selected to the Long Beach regional on Monday afternoon. In addition to Long Beach State, the ‘Horns also have UCLA and San Diego State in their region.
The draw is a fairly favorable one for Texas. The ‘Horns hosted UCLA earlier this season and swept the Bruins, winning all three games.
Long Beach State is also one of the weaker No. 1 seeds in the tournament. Long Beach was 37-17-1 this season and has the No. 14 RPI (Texas is No. 16).
Still, it is a bit of a surprise Texas didn’t end up closer to home, as many experts predicted the ‘Horns would be in Houston or Fayetteville.
LONG BEACH REGIONAL— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 29, 2017
#1 Long Beach State
#4 San Diego State#RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/xvMGwopwYG
The Horns are in!!! Cali!! Here come the Horns!!! pic.twitter.com/7ZxnSolLAg— Anthony Geronimo (@ATXANT10) May 29, 2017
Texas will kick off the regionals with a match-up against UCLA.
Expect a more thorough breakdown of the teams in Texas’ region this week. The regional round of the tournament will be held June 2-5, with the top team from each of the 16 regions advancing to the Super Regionals.