Arkansas Earns 16th NCAA Baseball Regional
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks will make their second consecutive trip to an NCAA Baseball Regional this weekend with a trip to Austin, Texas.
Arkansas (34-20, 14-16 SEC) will take on Lamar (37-16, 20-6 Southern Conference) at 1 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the first game of the Texas Regional.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our players,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “This team deserved to play in an NCAA Regional. We struggled a little bit the final few weeks of the season, but our RPI was strong and that is what played an important factor in us getting in.”
This weekend’s trip to Austin will mark the Razorbacks’ 16th appearance in NCAA postseason play. Arkansas is 23-21 all-time in NCAA Regional competition.
Last season, the Razorbacks advanced to the program’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional after sweeping the Wichita Regional. The Hogs fell short in their goal of the College World Series, losing to Clemson two games to one in the Super Regional.
This season, the Razorbacks opened the season with 10 consecutive victories and ran their record to 30-8 following a series victory over fifth-ranked Auburn. But, the Hogs lost 12 of its last 16 games including a pair of games in the SEC Tournament.
“We played well enough to win the two games in the SEC Tournament,” Van Horn said. “We went toe-to-toe with conference champion LSU and lost by one run. Then against Ole Miss we rallied to tie the game and ended up losing in extra-innings by a run. So although we lost those games, we played well and showed signs of coming to life offensively.”
Arkansas holds a 5-1 all-time record against Lamar, with the last meeting coming in 1993. The Razorbacks won two-of-three in Fayetteville that year.
The Razorbacks are making their first trip to Austin since the 1990 season when Arkansas was a member of the Southwest Conference. Texas holds a 51-26 series advantage over Arkansas. The Hogs are 12-26 against the Longhorns all-time in Austin. The Longhorns will play Bucknell (27-14, 15-5 Patriot League) in the second game Friday. Arkansas and Bucknell have never played.
Tickets to the NCAA Texas Regional can be purchased by calling 1-800-982-2386 or 512-471-3333. Tickets are $55 for all-session reserved seats and $40 for all-session general admission. Individual session tickets are $11 for reserved seating, $8 for adult general admission and $6 for youth general admission.
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