HOUSTON -- The Rice baseball team (35-22 overall) is back in the NCAA Tournament for the 22nd-straight year with a chance to play for another national championship. The Owls travel to LSU as the opening round of regional play begins at 16 sites across the country, the NCAA announced on Monday (May 30).
Rice is the No. 2 seed of the regional and scheduled to meet the Southeast Louisiana Lions (39-19) at 7 pm on Friday, June 3, in a double-elimination tournament format. The NCAA's No. 8 national seed LSU (42-18) and regional's No. 4 seed Utah Valley State (37-21) complete the four-team opening round field. A full listing of the regional's game times will be available soon.
The 16 Regional winners advance to play in one of eight best-of-three Super Regionals getting under way the following week (June 10-13). The Baton Rouge Regional is paired with the Raleigh, N.C., Regional. The 70th Baseball College World Series begins play the week after that (June 18) in Omaha, Nebraska.
Rice baseball's 22-straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament is both the nation's fourth-longest streak. In 2016 Miami (Fla.) made the field for the 44th-consecutive year, extending its own record, followed by Florida State (39) and Cal State Fullerton (25). All of these top four streaks are active streaks.
Under the direction of 25th-year head coach Wayne Graham Rice baseball has won or shared a total of 20 conference championships (including either regular season and/or conference tournament titles). The Owls finished second in the 2016 C-USA Championship Tournament on May 29, and have maintained a high RPI rating by the NCAA all season long.