The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry is back, for at least one game anyway.
The Longhorns and Aggies were matched against each other in the opening game of the NCAA baseball tournament in the Houston regional. The two teams will meet at 3 p.m. Friday at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Texas (38-18) landed the No. 2 seed in the regional while Texas A&M (33-24) will be the No. 3 seed. Conference USA champion Rice is the No. 1 seed and will meet No. 4 seed George Mason in the double-elimination format.
Texas is coming off an up-and-down week at the Big 12 tournament. Two losses to Oklahoma State on Saturday knocked UT out of title contention. The Aggies struggled with consistency down the stretch and was quickly eliminated from the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 4-0 loss to Arkansas.
The ESPN broadcast will likely go heavy on nostalgia, since the two schools ended their football rivalry upon A&M’s move to the SEC. Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has said repeatedly he would not entertain another game against A&M unless “it makes business sense.”
When the pairings were unveiled, the Longhorn locker room erupted in cheers. They're excited to be going to Houston.
— Craig Way (@craigway1) May 26, 2014
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