May 26, 2014
The Rice Owls will host a pair of familiar foes plus in addition to the champions from the Atlantic 10 when action in the 2014 Rice Regional gets underway at Reckling Park on Friday. The NCAA announced that Texas, Texas A&M and George Mason will round out the field in Houston as part of the its announcement of the entire field for the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on Memorial Day.
The Longhorns (38-18) and Aggies (33-24), former rivals of the Owls when all three were members of the Southwest Conference, will open the regional at 3 p.m. when they meet for the first time since 2012. The Owls (41-18) will take on George Mason (34-20) in the nightcap at 7 p.m. This will be the Patriots first appearance in the NCAA Baseball tournament since 2009 and the seventh in school history.
Regional play continues with the losers of Friday's openers meeting in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Saturday, while the winners from Friday face off at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The survivor of Saturday's elimination game will meet the loser of Saturday's winner's bracket game at 3 p.m. Sunday and the winner of that game return to the field to face the regional's lone unbeaten team at 7 p.m. on Sunday. If necessary, a final game will be played at 7 p.m. on Monday to decide the team that advances to the Super Regional round.
Rice is hosting a regional for the 11th time in the last 14 years and this will mark the first appearance in postseason action at Reckling Park for both Texas and Texas A&M since 2008. The Longhorns were part of the four-team regional field that year and were eliminated by the Owls, 7-4. The Aggies advanced to the 2008 Super Regional to face the Owls, who earned a trip to Omaha by defeated A&M by scores of 9-7 and 7-5.
All-session passes for the Houston (Rice) Regional are $75 each and are now available online. First-time buyers to the Owls' ticketing system will have to create an account to complete their purchase after selecting their seat locations.