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The Journal Gazette

Monday, May 29, 2017 4:40 pm

Hoosiers get bid to NCAA baseball tournament

STAFF, NEWS SERVICES

For the fourth time in five years, Indiana was selected to the NCAA Division I baseball tournament on Monday. The No. 2-seeded Hoosiers will play No. 3 North Carolina State at 7 p.m. Friday in the Lexington Regional.

This will be Indiana's seventh NCAA Tournament appearance (1949, 1996, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017). Coach Chris Lemonis is the first coach in program history to make two regionals in his first three seasons as IU's manager.

The double-elimination competition begins at noon Friday when Kentucky faces Ohio University. Following Friday's game, Indiana will face either Kentucky or Ohio at noon or 7 p.m. Saturday. Friday's game will be on WatchESPN.

Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (343) and conference wins (147). The Hoosiers have made five NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.

Pac-12 champion Oregon State (49-4) was chosen the No. 1 overall seed in the 64-tournament field. North Carolina (47-12) is No. 2, Florida (42-16), the top seed in 2016, is No. 3 and is followed by LSU (43-17).

The rest of the national seeds, in order, are Texas Tech (43-15), TCU (42-16), Louisville (47-10) and Stanford (40-14).

Play begins Friday in 16 regionals. Winners advance to eight, best-of-three super regionals. Those winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha.