UConn baseball is heading out west for the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies are the No. 2 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional and will play 3-seed Nebraska in the first game on Friday at 1 p.m. The regional is hosted by No. 9 overall seed Oklahoma State, who will face Harvard in its first game.
UConn has not played any opponent in its regional this season. The Huskies have faced Nebraska just once in program history, another NCAA Tournament matchup. UConn crushed the Cornhuskers 15-0 en route to the College World Series, the last time the Huskies went to Omaha.
UConn and Oklahoma State have met three times, first in 1992, with the Cowboys taking all three games. Despite Harvard also playing in the northeast, the two teams have only met 11 times, with the Crimson holding a 7-4 edge.
The format of the tournament is a double-elimination regional, meaning teams need to lose twice to be eliminated. The winner advances to a Super Regional, where they play a best-of-three series with the winner of the paired regional. The winner of the Super Regional advances to the College World Series, where there are two brackets of four teams to determine a national champion.
If UConn advances to the Super Regionals, they will play the winner of the Lubbock, Texas regional featuring Texas Tech, Dallas Baptist, Florida and Army.
This is UConn’s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and its third in the last four years. Since that last College World Series appearance in 1979, the Huskies have reached the NCAA Tournament just nine times, six of which have come since 2010 under head coach Jim Penders. UConn has advanced to one Super Regional in that time back in 2011.