Sunday, May 30, 2010
Texas, TCU, OU to host regionals
By Josh Davis
As expected, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma were named regional host sites Sunday afternoon for the 2010 men’s NCAA baseball tournament.
Additionally, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cal State Fullerton, Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, UCLA and Virginia will host regionals.
Texas (46-11) stumbled to an 0-3 record in the Big 12 tournament, but was still safe after entering the weekend No. 1 or No. 2 in most polls. The Longhorns finished the regular season with a 24-3 conference record, but were bested by Missouri, Texas Tech and Texas A&M in the tournament. The Longhorns haven’t missed the NCAA tournament since 1998.
TCU (46-11) won both the Mountain West regular season and tournament championships, racking up a 19-5 conference record. The Horned Frogs didn’t lose a weekend series all year, but their chances at a national Top-8 seed were dashed by two RPI-killing losses to Air Force. This is TCU’s second consecutive year to host a regional, and this is the Frogs' seventh consecutive year in the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma (44-15) finished second in the Big 12’s regular season with a 15-10 conference record. The Sooners went 2-1 in the Big 12 Tournament, beating both Kansas schools and losing to Baylor. Oklahoma will be making its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
The complete 64-team field, including where A&M, Baylor, Rice and the rest of the local hopefuls will play in the regionals, will be announced live on ESPN at 11:30 a.m. Monday.