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Texas to open the NCAA tournament at home as Longhorns earn a hosting gig

Posted May 27th, 2018

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After a notable absence, the postseason is returning to UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas was chosen as one of the 16 regional sites for the NCAA tournament, the organization announced on Sunday evening. Texas last hosted a regional in 2011, although a super regional was staged in Austin in 2014.

On Monday, the NCAA will reveal which three teams will join the Longhorns in Austin. The NCAA tournament begins this upcoming Friday.

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Texas (37-20) earned the Big 12’s championship during the regular season. Ranked 12th in D1Baseball’s national poll, the Longhorns entered Sunday with the 22nd-best RPI in the country.

“In my mind, there’s no doubt we should host a regional,” Texas coach David Pierce said on May 19. “We’ve earned it. We’ve played really well down the stretch. We have an unbelievable resume. We’re the Big 12 champions, (and) the Big 12 is the No. 2 RPI league in the country.”

Texas, though, was not a shoo-in candidate to host a regional.

The Longhorns failed to win a game at its conference tournament. UT is also 10-13 away from UFCU Disch-Falk Field. In non-conference play, Texas lost three of the four games it played against highly-ranked Stanford. It went 1-5 against teams from the Southeastern Conference.

In the end, however, the NCAA decided that Texas’ pros outweighed its cons. The Longhorns will be joined by Texas Tech among the regional hosts.

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