Texas Nabs No. 3 Seed in Baseball Tourney

Texas will be a No. 3 national seed when the NCAA Baseball Tournament begins this weekend. The Longhorns open post-season play Friday against UT-Arlington (29-34), whom the Horns lost against in April.

The Austin Regional includes a possible rematch against two non-conference opponents during the 2006 regular season. North Carolina State (38-21) was awarded the No. 2 seed in the Austin Regional and faces No. 3 Stanford (30-25). The Cardinal took 2-of-3 against Texas at Palo Alto in February. Texas is also 0-3 against N.C. State, including a double-header loss two years ago at the Disch.

Clemson was awarded the overall No. 1 seed followed by second-seeded Rice. (The Horns posted a 3-0 mark against the Owls this season while going 1-3 against No. 6 seed Nebraska).

Texas is one of seven Big 12 Conference teams advanced to post-season play and one of four league teams to receive No. 1 seeds in their respective Regionals.

Oklahoma is the top seed in the Norman Regional while Oklahoma State is the top seed in the Fayeteville, Arkansas Regional. Nebraska also received a No. 1 seed and will host a Regional. Baylor is the No. 3 seed and travels to top-seeded Rice while Missouri is the fourth-seed in the Pepperdine Regional. Surprising Kansas was awarded a No. 2 Regional seed after winning its first Big 12 Tournament Sunday and advances to the Corvallis, Oregon Regional.

Thirty-seven of the Top Eight national seeds have advanced to the College World Series during the past five years, but the last two national champs (Texas, Cal-State Fullerton) were not Top Eight seeds.

The Austin Regional is slated to begin Friday, June 2 and will conclude Monday.

1. Clemson
2. Rice
4. Alabama
5. Cal-State Fullerton
6. Nebraska
7. Georgia
8. Georgia Tech

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