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Houston Cougars headed to Baton Rouge for NCAA Regionals

The Houston Cougars will head to Baton Rouge for the NCAA Regionals 2014.
The Houston Cougars will head to Baton Rouge for the NCAA Regionals 2014.
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As a result of winning baseball championship of the American Athletic Conference, the Houston Cougars have received an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

It was announced on Monday, May 26, 2014 that the Cougars would be assigned to the Baton Rouge regional, with play to begin on Friday, May 30.

Four teams will participate at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge in the double elimination bracket.

Host and No. 1 seed LSU will face No. 4 seed Southeastern Louisiana in the first game on Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. CDT.

No. 2 seed Houston will face No. 3 Bryant in the second game on Friday with a 7 p.m. CDT first pitch.

The Cougars won the American Athletic Conference by downing Louisville 10-4 to claim their first conference title since 2008.

LSU, with a 44-14-1 record, is ranked No. 14 in the country by Baseball America and No. 8 in the NCAA tournament won their eleventh SEC tournament on Sunday, May 25 with a 2-0 win over Florida.

Southeastern Louisiana won the Southland Conference and Bryant won the Northeast Conference.

The winners of both games will face off in the second game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 with both losing teams playing in the first game at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Houston’s last appearance in the NCAA baseball playoffs was 2008 with this year’s selection being the first under head coach Todd Whitting.

He was quoted in a prepared press release from the University of Houston:

“We are excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament. It was been a long, hard road for this program the last four years. Hosting is hard, but making the NCAA Regional tournament is even harder. LSU and Alex Box Stadium will be a great venue and its historically one of the best programs in the history of college baseball. It will be a great experience for our kids. We played over there in a Regional back in 1997 and it was a lot of fun. We are looking to return to Baton Rouge and it should be a great time for all the Cougars looking to join us on this road.”

Houston’s current record of 44-15 in the most since the Cougars since 2008.