BASEBALL: WSU to Fayetteville in field of 64

WASHINGTON STATE is headed to Arkansas. The Cougs, a 2 seed in the four team bracket, take on 3 seed Kansas State on Friday in Fayetteville. Also in the Cougars' bracket, 4 seed Grambling and 1 seed Arkansas.

Washington State (34-20, 15-12) will meet a K-State team on Friday (game time yet to be announced) that did most of their damage earlier in the season. The Wildcats were 29-10 after beating Chicago State in late April, but were just 7-10 to finish up the year.

The regionals are four-team, double elimination brackets. The winner from each regional moves on to the postseason's second tier, the Super Regionals.

In the Super Regionals, the 16 teams play a best of three series to determine the eight schools who move onto the College World Series in Omaha.

The CWS is similar to the regionals, with two double-elimination brackets of four teams each.

The bracket winners then meet in a best-of-three final to be crowned National Champion. Click here for more.

This is the 16th NCAA postseason appearance for Washington State and first back-to-back showing since 1987-88. The Cougs have made four College World Series appearances (1950, 1956, 1965, 1976). Their best finish was national runner-up in 1950.

A record 8 teams from the Pac-10 were selected to the postseason field of 64 -- Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA. The previous high mark from the Pac-10 was five teams.

Some thought the selection committee would put WSU, the third place team in the Pac-10, closer to home by placing them in the Fullerton regional. That berth instead went to Stanford (31-23, 14-13), who finished fourth in the Pac-10 standings.

The tourney berth is the second straight for Washington State, having last year been selected to the regional in Norman, Oklahoma.

In 2009, Arkansas beat Wazzu 10-3 in the first game of the Norman Regional last year. The Cougs then knocked off Wichita State before losing to top ten team and host Oklahoma.


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