HOUSTON — To win the national title, you need to catch some breaks. The Texas baseball team did just that at 7 a.m. this morning.
The NCAA baseball selection committee announced that Texas will host its super regional series against Houston at Disch-Falk Field, giving the Longhorns (41-19) home-field advantage in a critical best-of-3 series.
First pitch is 3 p.m. Friday. Game 2 will be 1 p.m. Saturday, and Game 3 is 1 p.m. Sunday, if necessary. The winner advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Tickets will go on sale at the Texas box office at 9 a.m. Tuesday. For complete ticket information, call the ticket office at 512-471-3333 or visit texassports.com.
The Longhorns are advancing by way of winning the Houston regional. Texas knocked off Texas A&M twice in three games and beat top-seeded Rice along the way.
Houston (48-16) completed an impressive weekend of its own, winning the Baton Rouge regional with a stunning 12-2 domination of top-seeded LSU in the winner-take-all finale.
The Cougars will come to Austin upset because school officials there believed they should have won hosting duties. Cougar Field could hold up to 5,000 fans, if you’re counting seating along the grassy knolls in the outfield. Disch-Falk Field holds 6,649 fans.
Bottom line: the NCAA can sell more tickets in Austin than it can in Houston.
“If it’s about money, they’ll come to Austin,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said after Monday’s win.
Every team would love to play at home, but the reality is that Texas’ offense was actually better on the road this season.
“Do we want to play at home? Yes,” Garrido said.
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