For the second year in a row, the Texas Longhorns didn’t make baseball’s postseason, yet the NCAA decided to go ahead with the tournament anyway.
Texas A&M (32-27) did qualify for the seventh consecutive year, and the Aggies open play Friday as the second seed in the Corvallis, Ore., regional, facing UC-Santa Barbara (34-23), a team they’ve never seen before.
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Friday’s openers for Texas/Big 12 teams (seeds precede teams):
2-Texas A&M (32-27): vs. 3-UC Santa Barbara (34-23), 2 p.m., Corvallis, Ore.
2-Rice (41-17): vs. 3-San Francisco (34-22), 4 p.m., Eugene, Ore.
3-Sam Houston (37-20): vs. 2-Louisiana-Lafayette (41-18), 7 p.m., Baton Rouge, La.
4-UTSA (35-23): vs. 1-Oregon State (45-10), 7 p.m., Corvallis, Ore.
1-Kansas State (41-17): vs. 4-Wichita State (39-26), 2 p.m., Manhattan, Kan.
2-Oklahoma (40-19): vs. 3-Coastal Carolina (37-21), noon, Blacksburg, Va.
3-Oklahoma State (39-17): vs. 2-Miami (36-23), 1 p.m., Louisville, Ky.