WACO, Texas -- Baylor's baseball team received its 14th invitation to the NCAA Tournament, the Division I Tournament Selection Committee announced Monday morning. The Bears are the No. 3 seed at the Houston Regional, hosted by Rice University at Reckling Park. Baylor faces second-seeded and 16th-ranked TCU in the first round Friday, June 1, at 2 p.m. CDT.
All-session passes for the Houston Regional are $55 and currently on sale on-line at www.RiceOwls.com. Tickets also can be purchased through the Rice ticket office at 713-522-OWLS.
This is Baylor's ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1998, joining Arizona State (9), Cal State Fullerton (10), Clemson (10), Florida State (10), Miami, Fla. (10), Mississippi State (9), North Carolina (9), Oral Roberts (10), Rice (10), South Carolina (9), Stanford (9), Texas (9), Tulane (9) and Wichita State (9) as the only 15 programs that have made at least nine appearances in the last 10 years. Baylor has reached regional play three straight seasons.
Baylor makes its third NCAA Tournament appearance at Rice and its second such appearance in as many years. The Bears reached the regional championship game and finished 2-2 at Rice in 2001 and in 2006. Baylor has reached the championship game in each of the last five NCAA Regionals in which it participated.
Joining Baylor, TCU and host Rice at the Houston Regional is Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Prairie View A&M. Second-ranked Rice, the No. 2 national seed in this year's NCAA Tournament, is the No. 1 seed for the Houston Regional. Baylor is the only at-large bid team in the Houston Regional. Rice received an automatic bid from Conference USA, and TCU earned an automatic bid from the Mountain West Conference.
The Bears have faced each of the other three participants this season and are 2-3 against the Houston Regional field. Baylor dropped both games against Rice, split two games against TCU and won its only meeting with Prairie View A&M.
Baylor is 32-28 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including a 26-17 mark in the regional round. The Bears also have won five consecutive first-round games in regional play.
NCAA HOUSTON REGIONAL (all times CDT)
Friday, June 1
Game 1: No. 2 TCU (46-12) vs. No. 3 BAYLOR (34-25), 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Rice (49-12) vs. No. 4 Prairie View A&M (34-23), 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 2
Game 3: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 2 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 4
Game 7: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser, TBA (if necessary)