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College baseball: OU and OSU return to the NCAA tournament

by John Helsley Modified: May 27, 2013 at 11:22 am •  Published: May 27, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Robbie Rea scores the winning run as Oklahoma's Dylan Neal drops the ball during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Robbie Rea scores the winning run as Oklahoma's Dylan Neal drops the ball during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Sooners (40-19) get a Coastal Carolina (37-21) team that won a division title in the Big South, but was ousted in its conference tournament by Liberty. The Chanticleers have made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances and posted 12 seasons of 40-plus wins in the past 14 years.

Host Virginia Tech (38-20) did not receive one of the eight national seeds. The Hokies face No. 4-seed Connecticut (34-26) in their opener. The winner of the regional is matched with the Baton Rouge Regional, where host LSU is the No. 4 national seed.

OSU (39-17) heads to Louisville, where the Cowboys appeared in a Super Regional in 2007, losing to the Cardinals. The Cowboys will play a Miami (36-23) team that finished fifth in the ACC Coastal Division. In the regional's other opening game, Louisville (46-12) faces Bowling Green (24-29).

The Louisville Regional is matched with the Nashville Regional, where Vanderbilt is the No. 2 national seed. Should the Cowboys advance to play the Commodores, it would be a homecoming of a different sort for OSU coach Josh Holliday, who served as an assistant at Vandy before coming back to the Cowboys where he played and was an assistant.

“You're always curious how the bracket lays out, who's in your regional and where you're paired up,” Holliday said. “The natural thing as a competitor is to look and see where you fit in the whole grand scheme of things.

“But it's Miami first off and then you've got Bowling Green and Louisville. You've got to navigate your way through that. And if you're fortunate to do that, you take on whatever challenge that lies ahead.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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