INDIANAPOLIS—Dallas Baptist, Houston and Illinois-Chicago will join the Texas A&M baseball team at this weekend’s NCAA College Station Regional, the selection committee announced Monday.
The four-team, double-elimination event will open with a pair of games this Friday. Houston and DBU will meet at 12:30 p.m., while the Aggies and UIC will face off at 6:30 p.m. Two games will be scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday. If a second championship game is necessary, it will take place Monday evening.
Texas A&M (43-16), which captured the third Big 12 regular-season title in the program’s history, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will be making its 24th all-time appearance in the championship. The Aggies will also be hosting a regional at Olsen Field for the second straight year and for the seventh time in school history.
“I expect this to be a great tournament,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “I’m looking forward to playing at home and getting things started on Friday. I think it’s going to be a challenge, but it is anywhere this time of year.”
Dallas Baptist (37-17) will be the No. 2 seed in the regional and are the only Division I independent to make the field of 64 in 2008. The Patriots will be making their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Houston (39-22) was the automatic qualifier out of Conference USA after claiming the league’s tournament crown on Sunday with a 3-2 win over Marshall in New Orleans. The Cougars will be making their 18th NCAA appearance.
Illinois-Chicago (34-20) will be making its second consecutive and fourth overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Flames won the Horizon League’s regular-season crown and claimed the tournament championship, and the league’s automatic bid, with a 16-3 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
The winner of the College Station Regional will face the winner of the Houston Regional, hosted by Rice, in the super regional round next weekend.
The Big 12 placed six teams in NCAA regional action. Two other schools—Nebraska (40-14-1) and Oklahoma State (42-16)—will host regionals as No. 1 seeds, while Missouri (38-19) earned the No. 2 seed at the Coral Gables Regional and league automatic qualifier Texas (37-20) was sent to Houston as the No. 2 seed in that bracket. Oklahoma (34-24-1) earned an at-large spot and will be the No. 3 seed at the Tempe Regional.
“I am happy for the league that we got six teams in,” Childress said. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t have a top-eight national seed, but if we’ve got to give up a top-eight seed to get a sixth team in I think it’s worth it.”
Reserved all-session tickets are $55 and are available now. They can be purchased in person, over the phone or online at aggieathletics.com. Phone orders may be placed by calling 979-845-2311 or 888-99-AGGIE. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Season ticket holders who purchased their seats for the regional should receive them in the mail by Thurdsay. If the tickets do not appear by then, patrons are asked to call the Athletic Ticket Office on Friday morning.
Individual session tickets will go on sale beginning Friday and will run $10 for reserved, $7 for adult general admission and $4 for youth general admission. Tickets may be purchased at either the Kyle Field or Reed Arena box offices beginning at 8 a.m., or at the Olsen Field ticket windows two hours prior to first pitch of either session. Aggie students may purchase tickets on gameday for $4.
All-session parking is available through the ticket office for $12 and includes the two main Olsen Field lots and the southeast lot of Reed Arena. Parking will be sold only by phone or in person at the box offices, and must be picked up prior to entry into the parking lots. Daily parking may also be purchased at the lots for $4.
FRIDAY, MAY 30
GAME 1: Houston vs Dallas Baptist, 12:30 p.m.
GAME 2: Illinois-Chicago vs Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
GAME 3: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 12:30 p.m.
GAME 4: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2, 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
GAME 5: Winner Game 3 vs Loser Game 4, 12:30 p.m.
GAME 6: Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5, 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JUNE 2
GAME 7: Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5 (if necessary), 6:30 p.m.