UT-Arlington is back in the NCAA playoffs and headed to the Waco Regional after Monday's announcement of the 64-team tournament bracket. The Mavericks are the No. 3 seed and open the double-elimination regional against No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist on Friday at 1 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.
No. 1 Baylor, the No. 4 national seed, faces No. 4 Oral Roberts in the other game at 6 p.m. The regional runs through June 4 at the latest with berths in a super regional on the line for the winner.
This the fifth trip to the NCAAs for UTA, which earned an automatic bid by sweeping four games in the Southland Conference tournament culminating with Saturday's championship. The Mavericks also reached the national playoffs in 2006, 2001, 1992 and 1990.
"I'm happy we got a No. 3 seed, I thought we deserved it," UT-Arlington coach Darin Thomas said during a selection show watching party Monday at Mavericks Bar and Grill. "We're playing some teams that we're familiar with. We're playing our best baseball, we've won seven in row, and couldn't have played any better in the conference tournament. I'm happy for our guys and won't have any trouble getting them ready to play."
The Mavericks (36-23) have faced Dallas Baptist twice this season, losing both games on May 1-2. UTA split two games against Baylor, with each team winning on its home field.
Ticket information will be available Tuesday.
WACO REGIONAL SCHEDULE
1 p.m. – Game 1 (Dallas Baptist vs. UT Arlington)
6 p.m. – Game 2 (Baylor vs. Oral Roberts)
2 p.m. – Game 3 (Loser G1 vs. Loser G2)
7 p.m. – Game 4 (Winner G1 vs. Winner G2)
2 p.m. – Game 5 (Winner G3 vs. Loser G4)
7 p.m. – Game 6 (Winner G4 vs. Winner G5)
6:30 p.m. – Game 7 (second game, if necessary)