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Longhorns baseball to host NCAA regional tournament on the road to College World Series

The Longhorns baseball program is hosting the Austin Regional NCAA tournament on Friday. (Texas Baseball/Twitter)

Starting Friday, the No. 9-ranked Texas Longhorns baseball team will welcome three NCAA Division I teams for the Austin Regional Tournament as it looks to reach the College World Series for the second year in a row.


No. 1 seed Austin will host its regional postseason tournament for the second consecutive year as the team kicks off against No. 4 seed Air Force at 1 p.m. Friday.

The tournament will also include No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech and No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist, with each team vying for a top spot in the double-elimination weekend event.

Despite coming in as opposite seeds, Texas (42-19) appears to be evenly matched its first opponent, the Air Force Falcons (30-27,) after the two split a two-game series at the Austin field in April. Both teams rank in the top 10 for batting averages, with the Longhorns ranked third with a .321 average.

Texas comes into the tournament after it was blown out by rival Oklahoma University 8-1 in a fight for the Big 12 Championship. Originally poised as a No. 1 ranked team, the Longhorns earned 11 wins in a row to kick off the season before racking up a 14-10 record in Big 12 Conference play.

Meanwhile, the Air Force comes into the game off a four-game win streak after winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament May 28. Louisiana Tech, which takes on Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Friday, enters the tournament as Conference USA champions for the first time in its history, while DBU lost out on its conference title after racking up a 34-22-1 record this season.

Austin will host the regional tournament for a record 37th time as it makes its 61st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the regional will advance to the Super Regional against the winner of the Greenville Regional Tournament before the College World Series kicks off against the top 8 teams on June 17 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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