Jody Victor: Ohio State will face Louisiana-Lafayette at 2pm ET Friday in the NCAA College Station, Texas Regional this weekend.
The Buckeyes are the No. 3 seed in the regional and Lafayette the No. 2 seed. Also, in the four-team regional is host and No. 1 seed Texas A&M and No. 4 seed Le Moyne, who will play at 8pm ET Friday. The double-elimination regional runs from Friday-Monday.
Ohio State (37-22) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Louisiana-Lafayette (43-15), the Sun Belt Conference regular-season champs, earned an at-large bid. The Aggies (44-16) also earned an automatic bid by winning the Big 12 Tournament championship as did Le Moyne (34-17) by winning the Metro Atlantic Tournament championship.
It is the 18th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Buckeyes and the first since 2005. Minnesota and Michigan were also selected to participate as at-large teams, giving the Big Ten three teams in the tournament, the most the conference has sent since 2000, when Illinois, Minnesota and Penn State received tournament berths.
This weekend is the opener of the NCAA Championship and features 16 four-team regionals playing a double-elimination format. If the Buckeyes win the regional they would advance to a best-of-three super regional and play the winner of the Rice Regional that includes Rice, Prairie View, Baylor and Texas Christian. Regional play runs from June 1-4, the super regional runs June 8-11 – sites will be determined on Monday, June 4. The Men's College World Series will take place June 15-25, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
All the Ohio State regional games will be broadcast on AM 920 WMNI and be available on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.