The University of Oklahoma baseball team (34-22) was selected as the two-seed in the NCAA Louisville Regional hosted by the No. 7 overall seed Louisville Cardinals. The Sooners open postseason play on Friday at 1 p.m. against three-seed Xavier (32-25).
Louisville (47-10) plays No. 4 seeded Radford (27-30) at 5 p.m. Friday.
Oklahoma earned the 37th NCAA postseason appearance in program history and the first under fourth-year head coach Pete Hughes; who previously took Virginia Tech to the postseason in 2010 and 2013. The Sooners finished in third place in the Big 12, the nation’s top RPI conference, at 12-11.
“It has been a crazy process, but we’ve gone through that process with the right people,” said Hughes. “To see our name pop up kind of validates everything that has been going on in this clubhouse. I’m happy for our guys. It’s more a celebration of things to come and not what we’ve already accomplished. These guys are humble and hungry.”
Louisville won the ACC regular season championship with a 23-9 conference mark.
“We’re going to get locked in on Xavier right out of the gates,” Hughes said. “We’re going to figure out how we can win this tournament. These guys can feel good about themselves right now, but we’ll get out on the field to prepare and make it all about Xavier.”
Xavier won the Big East Tournament championship to claim one of 31 automatic bids to the tournament for the second year in a row. The Musketeers, guided by 12th-year head coach Scott Googins, are 32-25 overall and finished third in their conference standings at 10-6.