Beavers garner No. 3 seed, Ducks eighth

Oregon State's road to the College World Series will run through Goss Stadium after the Beavers were awarded the No. 3 seed to the NCAA baseball tournament on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Ducks earned the eighth seed in the tournament and will host a regional at PK Park for the second straight year.

Oregon State players and support staff let out a cheer when the Beavers (45-10) had their named called after top seed North Carolina and second seed Vanderbilt. It is OSU's best-ever seeding in postseason history.

OSU will stay home for a super regional should it advance out of the four-team Corvallis Regional, which begins Friday.

"I think that's great," coach Pat Casey said of the No. 3 national seed. "I was prepared anywhere three to five. I thought we would really be locked in somewhere there. So three was wonderful. Happy for our guys, it's a great honor."

Joining the Beavers, the top seed in the regional, will be No. 2 Texas A&M (32-27), No. 3 UC Santa Barbara (34-23) and No. 4 UT-San Antonio (35-23).

The double-elimination tournament begins with Texas A&M taking on UCSB at noon. OSU and UTSA meet at 5 p.m.

Games Saturday and Sunday will also start at noon at 5 p.m., with an if-necessary game to be played at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Pac-12 champion Beavers are making their 14th postseason appearance and their fifth straight. OSU is 40-26 all-time in the postseason, including a 23-17 (.575) record in regional games.

It will be OSU's fourth time hosting a regional since the NCAA expanded to the super regional format, and it has gone 9-0 in the previous three (2005, 2006 and 2011).

The Beavers, ranked fourth by Baseball America, won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006-07.

In Eugene, Rice (41-17) and San Francisco (34-22) will open on Friday, followed by the Ducks (45-15) against South Dakota State (35-22). The Jackrabbits are making their first-ever postseason appearance.

Friday's winners in Eugene play Saturday at 6 p.m., with the losers of the first-round games meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday's first game between the two remaining one-loss teams is at noon, with the winner advancing to meet the lone remaining undefeated team at 4 p.m. Sunday. An if-necessary game is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

It is Oregon's third appearance in the NCAA tournament since bringing back its baseball program in 2009. It is the Ducks' fifth overall appearance in the postseason.

Oregon, ranked ninth by Baseball America, has advanced to the College World Series once in 1954.

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