Courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations
NEW YORK -- The Columbia baseball team learned it would be headed to South Florida this weekend as the three seed in the Coral Gables regional of the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament. Columbia will begin the tournament at 2 p.m. Friday against Texas Tech (40-18), the two seed. Miami (41-17) will serve as the host school and will take on fourth-seeded Bethune-Cookman (26-31) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the other opening matchup of the regional. Both games can be seen on ESPN3.
Columbia is making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning the Ivy League's automatic bid with a sweep of Dartmouth on May 10 in the Ivy League Championship Series. This past weekend, the Lions travelled to Bucknell, taking two of three games from the Bison. With a 4-3 extra-inning victory on Saturday, Columbia improved to 29-18, setting a new program-record for wins in a season.
Texas Tech earned an at-large bid to the tournament with a 40-18 season. The Red Raiders are making their 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and first since 2004. Friday's matchup against Columbia will mark the first time the schools have ever played each other.
The Lions are making their fourth appearance ever in the NCAA Tournament and third under head coach Brett Boretti. Columbia made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1976, but did not return again until 2008 when it competed in the Conway, S.C. Regional. Last season, the Lions were the four seed at the Fullerton Regional, winning their first NCAA Tournament game in program history against New Mexico.
Miami is hosting a regional for the 25th time. The Hurricanes are making their 42nd consecutive postseason appearance, an NCAA record. Miami last hosted a regional at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in 2012 when fourth-seeded Stony Brook came away the winner, preceding its trip to the College World Series.