2023 NCAA Baseball Tournament Preview

NCAA Baseball Tournament
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The NCAA Baseball Tournament begins Friday as 64 teams from across the country battle to reach the eight-team College World Series field in Omaha, Nebraska.

The tournament splits 64 Division I teams into 16 groups of four regionals, where each will compete in a double-elimination tournament to determine who will represent that region in the super regional round.

The super regional features a best-of-three series. The winners will head to Omaha for the College World Series and another double-elimination tournament to determine the national champion.

Here are the schools from Texas that have made the 64-team field.

TCU (37-22, fourth in Big 12)
No.2 seed in Fayetteville Regional, vs. No.3 seed Arizona (33-24); 8 p.m. CT Friday

TCU earned a two-seed after winning the Big 12 Tournament. The Horned Frogs began the season as the favorite to win the conference but finished the regular season in fourth place. Their region also includes No.1 Arkansas (41-16) and No.4 Santa Clara (35-18).

Dallas Baptist (45-14, first in Conference USA )
No.2 seed in Stillwater Regional, vs. No.3 seed Washington (34-18); noon CT Friday

Dallas Baptist won the Conference USA regular-season title and finished the season ranked 18th in the country. Although the Patriots lost in the Conference USA Tournament, they made the tournament for the ninth consecutive season. Their region includes No.1 Oklahoma State (41-18) and No.4 Oral Roberts (46-11).

Texas A&M (36-25, fifth in SEC West division)
No.2 seed in Stanford Regional, vs. No.3 seed Cal State Fullerton (31-22); 9 p.m. CT Friday

The Aggies finished in fifth place in the SEC West division with a 14-16 record in conference but strengthened their resume by reaching the SEC Tournament championship game. A&M will play Cal State Fullerton as the only team outside California in a Stanford region that includes No.1 Stanford (38-16) and No.4 San Jose State (31-25).

Texas (38-20, first in Big 12)
No.2 seed in Coral Gables Regional, vs. No.3 seed Louisiana (40-22); 1 p.m. CT Friday

Texas won the Big 12 regular season title but lost two in a row to get eliminated in the conference tournament. The Longhorns head to Coral Gables to compete against Louisiana and then face either No.4 Maine (31-19) or host No.1 Miami (40-19).

Texas Tech (39-21, sixth in Big 12)
No.3 seed in Gainesville Regional, vs. No.2 seed UConn (43-15-1); 11 a.m. CT Friday

The Red Raiders made the tournament for the seventh consecutive season after finishing sixth in the Big 12 and being eliminated by Oklahoma State in the conference tournament. Texas Tech travels to Florida to face UConn and will also play either No.1 host Florida (44-14) or No.4 Florida A&M (29-28), depending on the results of Friday’s games.

Sam Houston State (38-23, second in Western Athletic Conference)
No.3 seed in Baton Rouge Regional, vs. No.2 seed Oregon State (39-18); 7 p.m. CT Friday

Sam Houston State won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a 21-1 win over Utah Valley. The Bearkats scored at least 10 runs in five of their six conference tournament games to claim the automatic bid and will play Oregon State in Baton Rouge. The region also includes No.1 LSU (43-15) and No.4 Tulane (19-40).


Wake Forest is the No.1 overall seed. The other top seeds are Florida, Stanford, Oklahoma State, LSU, South Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Miami, Coastal Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Auburn, Indiana State, and Alabama.

The SEC has 10 schools in the tournament; the Big 12 has six.

Tulane is the surprise team of the tournament. The Green Wave barely made the American Athletic Conference Tournament but rallied to win the whole thing and make the NCAA field with a 19-40 record.

The first games were scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT Friday.

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