Horns Grab No. 4 Seed in NCAA Baseball Tourny

Texas was awarded a No. 4 national seed and will open NCAA Tournament play against Brown (27-19), it was announced Monday. Rounding out the Regional are Wake Forest (33-27) and UC-Irvine (40-15-1).

Texas, winners of the Big 12 regular season championship and a fixture in the Top 10 all season, earned the overall No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament, setting up a Round Rock-Corpus Christi road to the College World Series.

To reach the beach for the Super Regional, the Horns (44-15) will have to advance through the Austin regional, which features No. 2 seed U.C. Irvine (40-15-1), No. 3 seed Wake Forest (33-27) and No. 4 seed Brown (27-19). Texas will open with Ivy League champion Brown on Friday at the Dell Diamond. The Bears finished the season on a 13-2 run. Cal-Irvine earned an at-large bid after finishing second in the Big West Conference. Wake Forest also earned an at-large big despite an eighth-place finish in the ACC. The Demon Deacons reached the ACC Tournament finals before falling to North Carolina, the No. 3 national seed.

The Austin Regional will be held at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock due to renovations at Disch-Falk Field. Eight of Texas' first 11 games this season were played at the Diamond. Regional games are slated for June 1-4.

Each NCAA venue includes four teams playing in a double-elimination format. The Horns are hosting one of 16 NCAA Regionals this weekend and serve as hosts for the 23rd time. It also extends Texas' NCAA-leading record for post-season appearances to 51.

If Texas takes the Austin regional, the Horns will take on the winner of the Wichita regional at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. Wichita State is the No. 1 seed in that regional, which also features No. 2 seed Arizona, No. 3 Oral Roberts and No. 4 New Orleans.

Vanderbilt grabbed the No. 1 national seed, followed by No. 2 Rice, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Arkansas and No. 8 San Diego. The Top Eight seeds cannot meet prior to the College World Series.

Big 12 Tournament champ Texas A&M, which will host a regional but did not earn a national seed, will square off with the winner of the Rice regional. Big 12 regular season runner-up Missouri will also host a regional as a No. 1 seed, while Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma all earned at-large bids and three seeds in their regionals.

Texas' calling card in 2007 boasts a regular season Big 12 Conference title, a series sweep of Texas A&M and a split with national No. 2 seed Rice. The Horns rank No. 3 nationally in fielding (.977) and No. 8 with a combined 3.47 ERA. Sophomore RF Kyle Russell leads the NCAA with 27 home runs.

ROUND ROCK REGIONAL GAME TIMES (All times are Central)

Friday, June 1
Game 1: 1 pm - #3 seed Wake Forest vs. #2 seed UC Irvine
Game 2: 7 pm - #4 seed Brown vs. #1 seed Texas

Saturday, June 2
Game 3: Noon - Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1
Game 4: 6 pm - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1

Sunday, June 3
Game 5: Noon - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 6: 6 pm - Regional Championship Game
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

Monday, June 4
Game 7: ** 1 pm - Second Regional Championship Game
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
** played if Game 5 winner wins Game 6

2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD

1 Vandy (1)
4 Austin Peay
3 Memphis
2 Michigan

vs.

1 Virginia
4 Lafayette
3 Oregon State
2 Rutgers

1 Rice (2)
4 Prairie View
3 Baylor
2 TCU

vs.

1 Texas A&M
4 Le Moyne
3 Ohio State
2 UL-Lafayette

1 North Carolina (3)
4 Wofford
3 Western Carolina
2 Eastern Carolina

vs.

1 South Carolina
4 Jacksonville
3 Charlotte
2 N.C. State

1 Texas (4)
4 Brown
3 Wake Forest
2 U.C. Irvine

vs.

1 Wichita State
4 New Orleans
3 Oral Roberts
2 Arizona

1 Arizona State (5)
4 Monmouth
3 Nebraska
2 U.C. Riverside

vs.

1 Ole Miss
4 Sam Houston State
3 Troy
2 Southern Miss

1 Florida State (6)
4 Bethune Cookman
3 Stetson
2 Mississippi State

vs.

1 Coastal Carolina
4 VCU
3 St. John's
2 Clemson

1 Arkansas (7)
4 Albany
3 Oklahoma State
2 Creighton

vs.

1 Missouri
4 Kent State
3 Louisville
2 Miami

1 San Diego (8)
4 Fresno State
3 Minnesota
2 Cal-State Fullerton

vs.

1 Long Beach
4 Ill-Chicago
3 Pepperdine
2 UCLA

In bracket form

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