Oregon State tabbed to host NCAA regional

INDIANAPOLIS — Host Oregon State will be the top seed in the Corvallis Regional as announced by the NCAA selection committee Monday.

Sixty-four teams were selected.

Joining OSU in Corvallis will be No. 2 seed Creighton, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Arkansas-Little Rock.

"We are obviously very happy to be included in the field of 64, especially as a host site," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We believe this will be a great regional for the fans here at Goss Stadium; the committee did a great job with their selections this year. This team is excited to get to the postseason and play in front of the home fans."

The regional starts Friday at Goss Stadium and continues through at least Sunday. A Monday "if-necessary" game will be played if the regional champion can't be declared on Sunday.

No. 2 Creighton and No. 3 Georgia open the regional with a 1 p.m. game Friday. OSU will then take on No. 4 Arkansas-Little Rock at 6 p.m.

The losers from the first day will play in an elimination game Saturday at 1 p.m., while the winners will play at 6 p.m.

Sunday's games will be at 1 and 6 p.m. also, and a Monday game would start at 6 p.m.

Arkansas-Little Rock claimed the Sun Belt Conference's postseason tournament to earn the automatic bid to the postseason. UALR holds a 24-32 record this season and finished eighth in the regular season with a 10-20 record. The Beavers have met UALR once, in 2004, winning 8-3.

Creighton finished the regular season with a 44-14 record and 15-9 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play and earned its bid to the tournament as an automatic qualifier. The Beavers and Blue Jays last played in 1996, with OSU holding a 2-0 record in the series.

Georgia advanced to the postseason as an at-large team, having finished 31-30 overall and 16-14 in Southeastern Conference play to finish fourth in the Eastern Division. The Beavers and Bulldogs have a recent history, having met seven times, most recently in 2008 at PGE Park. OSU holds a 6-1 advantage in the series.

Oregon State is matched up with the Nashville Regional as Vanderbilt is the No. 6 national seed. The Commodores' regional also has No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Troy and No. 4 Belmont in their regional this weekend.

The Beavers have hosted 18 postseason games at Goss Stadium, going 15-3 with an eight-game winning streak. Of those 18 games, 11 have come during an NCAA regional, with the Beavers holding a 9-2 record.

Oregon State last hosted a regional in 2006, taking all three games from Wright State, Kansas and Hawaii.

The Beavers are making their 12th all-time appearance in the postseason and the sixth in the last seven seasons.

Casey has guided the club to each of its last six appearances, and is 30-10, including a 13-5 mark in regional play.

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