LUBBOCK, Texas — The NCAA awarded Texas Tech baseball a top-eight national seed in its NCAA tournament selection show Monday.
The Red Raiders are the No. 8 seed and will host Regional round games this weekend. If they win the regional, they will also host a super regional series.
The three schools coming to Lubbock for the Regional round are Army, North Carolina and UCLA. The four teams will play a double-elimination tournament. The winner advances to the Super Regional.
Texas Tech is the No. 1 seed in its Regional and will play its first game against No. 4 Army at 11:00 a.m. Friday. No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 UNC will play at 6:00 p.m. Friday.
If Texas Tech does win its Regional, it will host its Super Regional series against whoever comes out of the Stanford Regional. The teams in that bracket are Stanford, UC-Irvine, Nevada and North Dakota State.
The 2021 tournament is the fifth consecutive one in which Texas Tech will host a Regional, the longest streak in the country.
Tim Tadlock’s club enters the tournament with a 36-15 overall record. Tech exited the Big 12 tournament early, falling to TCU and Kansas State Friday, which resulted in elimination after just three games played.
The Red Raiders had an up-and-down regular season, dropping series to Baylor and Kansas State but winning series against top Big 12 foes Texas, TCU and Oklahoma State.
They have battled injuries, losing Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Dylan Neuse, starting pitcher Brandon Birdsell and utility man Kurt Wilson.
Texas Tech is looking to make it to Omaha for its third straight College World Series.