Lincoln – For the first time since 2008, the Nebraska baseball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskers, who are 40-19 on the year, earned an at-large invitation during the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show Monday morning on ESPNU and will play in the Stillwater Regional. Nebraska’s 40 wins are the most by a Husker program since 2008 when the Huskers ended the year with 41 wins.
Nebraska opens play on Friday, May 30, at Noon (CT) on ESPNU in Stillwater, Okla. and will play No. 3 seed Cal State Fullerton, who the Huskers played four times last season. Regional host Oklahoma State will then meet No. 4 seed Binghamton at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.
Since taking over as the 23rd head coach in NU baseball history prior to the 2012 season, Darin Erstad and the rest of the Husker coaching staff have been a quest to get the Huskers back in the postseason.
“I’m just excited for our guys,” Erstad said. “They’re the ones that have put all the work in. This is their time and their opportunity to play bonus baseball.”
Nebraska has played some of the best baseball across the country over the past two months, with NU posting a 25-6 record over their past 31 games after starting the season 15-13.
The Huskers’ 2014 tournament resume was supported by an 15-7 record against teams in the RPI top 100, including a 6-6 record against RPI top-50 teams.
Monday’s selection snaps a five-year postseason drought for the Huskers, who will be making their 13 appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their ninth since 2000. Nebraska made five straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1999 to 2003.
The Huskers made back-to-back appearances at the College World Series in 2001 and 2002, before returning to the championship event in 2005.
NCAA Stillwater Regional (Stillwater, Okla.) Schedule
Friday, May 30
Nebraska vs. Cal State Fullerton (Noon)
Oklahoma State vs. Binghamton (6 p.m.)
Saturday, May 31
Loser 1 vs. Loser 2 (Noon)
Winner 1 vs. Winner 2 (6 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Loser 4 vs. Winner 3 (Noon)
Winner 5 vs. Winner 4 (6 p.m.)
Monday, June 2
Loser 6 vs. Winner 6*