The road to the CWS begins

Nebraska's road back to the CWS begins in Lincoln as they host Creighton, Illinois-Chicago and North Carolina State.

Lincoln – The Big 12 champion Nebraska baseball team will make its ninth NCAA Regional appearance this week, as the Huskers were selected as the No. 3 national seed for the NCAA Tournament beginning Friday at Hawks Field in Lincoln. It marks the highest national seed in program history and the second time the Huskers have ever received a national seed (also 2001).

Nebraska, which has been in a regional in six of the past seven seasons and hosted in four of the past five years, will host Horizon League champion Illinois-Chicago (38-19-1) in Friday's first game set for 1:05 p.m. North Carolina State (40-17) will take on Creighton (46-15) in the day's second contest, slated for 7:05 p.m. General admission all-session tickets ($56 for adults; $35 for youths) are going fast and can be purchased right now on or at the Nebraska Ticket Office beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Nebraska, which shared the Big 12 regular-season title with Baylor before beating the Bears in Sunday's Big 12 Tournament title game, comes into the regional with a 51-13 record. Nebraska's 51 wins lead the nation and matches the school's single-season record set in 2001.

The Big 12 received five bids, as regular-season co-champion Baylor received the No. 4 national seed. Other Big 12 teams in postseason action this week include Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Nebraska Baseball Head Coach Mike Anderson
On Nebraska's Selection to the NCAA Tournament as one of 16 Regional Sites:
"It's exciting to be at home. Our kids deserved the national seed for what they did on the baseball field. I'm happy for them that they get the opportunity to be at home, and now what it boils down to is to take care of business while we're here."

On Nebraska's No. 3 national seed:
"I'm a little surprised at being that high. But what I think it speaks to is the fact they we are the Big 12 champion and they give credit to the Big 12 champion for being one of the top conferences in the nation."

The Teams

 No. 1 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (51-13)
Web site | Roster | Results | Statistics | Big 12 Web site

No. 2 seed NC State Wolfpack  (40-17)
Web site | Roster | Results | Statistics | ACC Web site

No. 3 seed Creighton Bluejays  (46-15) 
Web site | Roster | Results | Statistics | MVC Web site

No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago Flames  (38-19-1) 
Web site | Roster | Results | Statistics | Horizon League Web site

The Schedule

 Friday, June 3
Game 1 -- 1:05 p.m.     Nebraska vs. Illinois-Chicago

Game 2
-- 7:05 p.m.     NC State vs. Creighton

Saturday, June 4
Game 3
-- 1:05 p.m.     Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 4
-- 7:05 p.m.     Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Sunday, June 5
Game 5
-- 1:05 p.m.     Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Game 6 -- 6:05 p.m.     Winner Game 5 vs. Winner game 4

Monday, June 6 (if neccessary)
Game 7
-- 1:05 p.m.     Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6

--  NCAA Lincoln Regional bracket (PDF)
-- Complete NCAA Tournament bracket 

The Place

 Basic Information | Seating Chart | Directions
All games will be held at Hawks Field. To learn more about Nebraska's state-of-the-art baseball facility, click here.

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