COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M baseball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will open play against UC-Santa Barbara in the Corvalis, Oregon regional.
The Aggies and Gauchos will play at 2 p.m. Friday.
Texas A&M is the number two seed in the regional.
Host Oregon State is the number three overall national seed and will take on UT-San Antonio Friday at 7 p.m.
"Well of course they left us for the last regional and the last team on the board, so that was pretty nerve-racking to be a part of that," said Aggie pitcher Parker Ray. "We were just sitting in there and then all of a sudden they called our name and everybody just jumped up and down screaming just ready for the opportunity we got."
Head coach Rob Childress added, "Our guys were fired up, and you know it meant something to them. They put an awful lot into this season and to have the opportunity to be one of the 64 names called and to continue on is something they went out and earned. And it wasn't an easy journey, but they didn't quit or splinter. To win 10 of our last 15 and to give our guys a fighting chance, I just can't say enough about our guys."
The SEC received nine bids to the NCAA Tournament.
It marks the 29th overall appearance for the Aggies in the NCAA Tournament and the seventh time in eight years under the direction of head coach Rob Childress.
Texas A&M (32-27) has never faced UCSB.
The Aggies are 4-4 all-time against Oregon State. The Maroon and White lost to the Beavers twice at the 2009 NCAA Fort Worth Regional.
Texas A&M is 21-9 all-time against UTSA, including an 11-4 victory over the Roadrunners this season.
The winner of the Corvallis Regional will face the winner of the Manhattan Regional in a Super Regional. Teams in the Manhattan Region include Kansas State, Arkansas, Bryant and Wichita State.
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