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Cougar baseball headed to first NCAA tournament in 19 years

The Washington State baseball team is headed to Norman, Oklahoma for their first regional since before many of their current players were born.  Their section of the bracket includes Oklahoma, Wichita State, and Arkansas.  The Cougs are a 3 seed and will play Arkansas in their first matchup.  Washington State was swept by Arkansas at the beginning of the season.  They split with Oklahoma in Pullman.

Regional play begins on May 29th, no word yet when exactly the Cougs' matchup with Arkansas will be.  The tentative schedule can be found here.

Arizona State and Oregon State were the only other Pac 10 teams to make it in.

Some tournament notes:

  • The regional is a double elimination and the team that survives heads to the super-regional. 
  • The super-regional is a best of three series
  • The remaining eight teams head to Omaha, NE for the College World Series, a double elimination that determines the final two teams.
  • The last two teams play a best of three series to determine the champion

Don't write the Cougs off because of their low seed.  College baseball is a different monster, as Fresno State won the tournament last year as a 4 seed.  OSU won their first title as a 3 seed.  With Matt Way heading the rotation pitching like he has of late, anything is possible!

Go Cougs!!