May 25, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. -- The NCAA Tournament 64-team field was announced on Monday and the University of Oklahoma baseball team received the No. 7 national seed. OU will host an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in 10 years.
The Sooners (41-18) earned the program’s first national seed and will host three teams that it played earlier this season in Arkansas (0-1), Washington State (2-2) and Wichita State (2-0).
OU will meet No. 4 seed Wichita State (30-25) in the first round on Friday, May 29 at L. Dale Mitchell Park at 7 p.m.
Friday’s first game at 1 p.m. will feature No. 2 seed Arkansas (34-22) against No. 3 seed Washington State (31-23).
“First of all, we are extremely excited and proud of the young men in our program to have such a great regular season and be rewarded with Oklahoma’s first ever national seed,” said head coach Sunny Golloway. “Our field here in Norman will be extremely competitive and feature three teams we have played in the regular season.
“I feel with two strong regional programs travelling to Norman in Arkansas and Wichita State, that the atmosphere at L. Dale Mitchell Park will be outstanding. History has proven that Sooner fans can provide us with a home-field advantage, just like they did in 2006, so we are excited to get this tournament started on Friday.”
The winner between Oklahoma and Wichita State will face the Arkansas - Washington State winner on Saturday at 7 p.m., while the first-game will feature the losers’ bracket at 1 p.m. on Saturday. All times are subject to change.
Each of the four-team, double-elimination regionals will be played May 29 - June 1. The winners of each regional will advance to the Super Regional round June 5-8.
The winner of the Norman, Okla., Regional advances to meet the winner of the Tallahassee, Fla., Regional in NCAA Super Regional action. The four teams at Tallahassee are Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and Marist. The sites of the next round will be announced on June 1 at 10 p.m. CT on NCAA.com.
Since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams in 1999, OU has never received a national seed and owns one Super Regional appearance in 2006, the last time it hosted an NCAA Regional. The eight winners of the Super Regionals will play in the College World Series, beginning June 13 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Along with Oklahoma, Texas earned the No. 1 national seed and those two teams will be joined by six other Big 12 schools (Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M) in the field. The eight Big 12 schools is a conference record and is tied with the SEC this season with the most teams in the tournament.
Tentative 2009 NCAA Norman Regional Schedule (all times subject to change)
Friday, May 29
1 p.m. No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 Washington State
7 p.m. No. 1 OU vs. No. 4 Wichita State
Saturday, May 30
1 p.m. Game 3 (Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2)
7 p.m. Game 4 (Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2)
Sunday, May 31
1 p.m. Game 5 (Winner Game 3. vs. Loser Game 4)
7 p.m. Game 6 (Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5)
Monday, June 1
7 p.m. Game 7 (if necessary same teams as Game 6)