Nebraska baseball heads to Oklahoma City, will face Connecticut in NCAA tournament opener

Nebraska is returning to Big 12 country to begin the NCAA tournament.

The Huskers earned a No. 3 regional seed in the Oklahoma City regional Monday morning as the pairings were unveiled on ESPNU. They will meet second-seeded Connecticut in their opener at noon Friday on ESPN3. No. 9 national seed Oklahoma State and fourth-seeded Harvard are also in the four-team group.

Nebraska also went to a regional hosted by Okie State in 2014, when it finished 1-2.

The Huskers (31-22) are coming off a runner-up finish in the Big Ten tournament. They entered the postseason having lost 10 of 11 Big Ten tournament/NCAA games before their 3-2 showing in Omaha.

NU is making its fourth regional under coach Darin Erstad after going in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The program is 1-6 during those appearances.

The Big Ten qualified five teams for a third time in the last five seasons. Illinois earned a No. 2 seed in the Mississippi regional and meets No. 3 Clemson to start. Third-seeded Michigan meets second-seeded Creighton in the Oregon State regional.

Indiana takes on Illinois State in the Louisville regional. And Ohio State, which earned the automatic bid by claiming the league tourney title Sunday, draws No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt.

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