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May 30, 2012

OU baseball team receives regional assignment

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The NCAA Tournament 64-team field was announced on Monday and the No. 25 University of Oklahoma baseball team will make its 35th postseason appearance in Charlottesville, Va.

The Sooners (38-22), seeded second, will play Friday at 8 p.m. ET against No. 3 seed Appalachian State (39-16), who won the Southern Conference regular season crown but earned at-large bid after losing in their conference tourney last Friday. No. 1 seed Virginia (38-17-1) will host Army (41-13) in the other first round game at Davenport Field at 4 p.m.

"First of all, I am extremely excited for this group of young men that have been challenged and gone through an awful lot of adversity to be rewarded with a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway, who will be the head coach of a Division I team in the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time.

Oklahoma is familiar with Davenport Field as it advanced to the program's 10th appearance in the College World Series by defeating then-No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional in 2010. While the Sooners are 2-2 all-time against the Cavaliers, they have not played against Army or Appalachian State.

"Our only familiarity with our first game opponent is the fact that they played Samford as a common opponent and we both defeated them in two out of three games," said Golloway. "However, Samford went on to win the conference tournament. If Samford is indicative of the strength of that league, we will have our hands full."

Each of the four-team, double-elimination regionals will be played June 1-3. The winners of each regional will advance to the Super Regional round June 8-10.

The Charlottesville Regional is matched up with the Columbia Regional, featuring No. 1 South Carolina (No. 8 national seed), No. 2 Coastal Carolina, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Manhattan. The sites of the next round will be announced on June 4 on NCAA.com.

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