Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts knew they would be a part of the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament field. Oklahoma’s selection on Monday wasn’t quite as predictable, although the Sooners maintain it shouldn’t have been a surprise.


Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts knew they would be a part of the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament field. Oklahoma’s selection on Monday wasn’t quite as predictable, although the Sooners maintain it shouldn’t have been a surprise.
All three teams learned their destinations for the tournament, which will begin on Friday at 16 regional sites across the country.
Oklahoma (34-24-1) will travel to Tempe, Ariz., where the third-seeded Sooners will play Vanderbilt (40-20) of the Southeastern Conference in a first-round game. Host Arizona State (45-11) and America East Conference tournament champion Stony Brook (34-24) round out that regional.
Summit League champion Oral Roberts (46-12) also received a No. 3 seed and will play California-Irvine (38-16) of the Big West Conference in a regional in Lincoln, Neb. Host Nebraska (40-14-1) and Eastern Illinois (27-28) of the Ohio Valley Conference are the other two teams in that regional.
Oklahoma State (42-16) will host a regional and is a No. 1 seed, although the Cowboys didn’t receive a hoped-for designation as one of the tournament’s eight “national seeds,” which would have guaranteed them home-field advantage as long as they remained in the tournament.
The Cowboys will play Sun Belt Conference tournament champion Western Kentucky (33-25) in the first round, with Mountain West Conference winner Texas Christian (43-17) and Missouri Valley Conference champion Wichita State (44-15) the other two teams in the Stillwater regional.
Oklahoma State beat Wichita State 5-3 in Stillwater on April 23, but hasn’t played the other two teams in the regional this season.
The Cowboys haven’t hosted a regional since 1997.
“It’s a quality regional, and a good field for the fans because of the proximity of Wichita State and TCU,” Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson said. “Western Kentucky won their conference tournament so they’re coming in here pretty hot.
“It’s going to be a tough field, but we’re excited about the opportunity and the challenge.”