Oregon Ducks sneak into NCAA baseball tournament; will face Iowa on Friday in … – OregonLive.com
The Oregon Ducks hoped that the NCAA baseball playoff selection committee would do its due diligence.
Oregon coach George Horton hoped they would recognize how the team was playing now, and realize that Oregon is playing like a much different team than it was earlier in the year.
And on Monday morning, Oregon’s wish was granted.
The Ducks will be making a trip to the postseason for a fourth consecutive year, as the committee awarded them a No. 3 seed in the Springfield Regional hosted by Missouri State.
The No. 3 Ducks (37-23, 16-14 Pac-12) will face No. 2 Iowa (39-16, 19-5 Big 10) Friday in Springfield, MO., with the first pitch coming at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
The Hawkeyes finished second in the Big Ten and were eliminated by sixth-seed Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday. Friday will be the Hawkeyes’ first tournament appearance since 1990.
Also in the bracket is region No. 1-seed and No. 8-overall seed Missouri State and No. 4-seed Canisius.
After battling through a midseason slump, Oregon rebounded to win its final five Pac-12 series of the year to make its case for tournament inclusion. The biggest statement came this past weekend, when Oregon took two-of-three from tournament No. 1-seed UCLA. The Ducks were the only team to take a series off the Bruins all season.
“Once you get into the dance,” Horton said on Monday, “anything can happen.”
Reaction from Oregon players and coaches will be available following Oregon’s 2 p.m. media availability.