INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Putting together one of the more impressive overall resumes this season has landed Houston Baseball as a No. 2 seed at the Baton Rouge Regional this weekend, announced by the NCAA Committee on Monday during the one-hour, live Selection Show telecast on ESPNU.
Houston will match up with No. 3-seed Bryant on Friday at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3, whichfollows the 2 p.m. contest between No. 1-seed LSU and No. 4-seed Southeastern LA in a double-elimination format.
The tournament will run from Friday, May 29 to Monday, June 1 at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
2014 marks the first time the Cougars have advanced to NCAA Championship Baseball since 2008. Houston put the icing on the regular season Sunday when it captured the 2014 inaugural American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship tournament title, a first for the program since 2008.
“We are excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament. It was been a long, hard road for this program the last four years. Hosting is hard, but making the NCAA Regional tournament is even harder. LSU and Alex Box Stadium will be a great venue and its historically one of the best programs in the history of college baseball. It will be a great experience for our kids. We played over there in a Regional back in 1997 and it was a lot of fun. We are looking to return to Baton Rouge and it should be a great time for all the Cougars looking to join us on this road.”
The championship earned Houston an automatic bid to an NCAA Regional as it continues postseason play with a 44-15 overall record and winners of 12 of its last 15 games, including a 10-4 triumph of No. 5 Louisville in Clearwater, Fla. for the conference title.
Houston will make its 19th NCAA Regional appearance in the history of the program and first since 2008. In the 18 previous appearances, the Cougars have advanced to the Super Regionals three times, last coming in 2003.