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Longhorns Earn National Seed In NCAA Baseball Tournament

The Texas Longhorns earned a No. 7 national seed and a favorable draw in Sunday's draw for the NCAA baseball championship tournament. As a result of their seed in the bracket, the Longhorns will host a regional in Austin and will host a super regional matchup if they do win their group.

Texas will host second seed Texas State and third seed Kent State, and will take on fourth seed Princeton in their opener Friday. The Tempe Regional sits across from Texas as their potential super regional matchup. That group is led by top seed Arizona State and lower seeds Arkansas, Charlotte and New Mexico. 

In all, SB Nation calls Texas' draw the easiest in the tournament. 

It starts with the number two seed in the Regional, Texas St., who has no business being the two seed in any Regional. The Bobcats went 40-21 this season, a record to be proud of, but keep in mind who they beat to get to 40 wins. Absolutely no one. Texas St. went just 1-9 against the RPI top 50 this season so when they got their chance to prove that they can play with the best, they failed and then some. They also lost eight games to teams with a RPI over 100. There is very little to suggest that the Bobcats should be a number two seed, but Texas will take it.

Rice finished strong to earn their own national seed, No. 8. They will take on second seeded Baylor in the Houston Regional, and its winner will take on the winner of TCU's Fort Worth Regional. The Frogs will host a local field of Oklahoma, Dallas Baptist, and Oral Roberts. Texas A&M also hosts a regional with Arizona, Seton Hall and Wright State in College Station, and line up against No. 5 national seed Florida State in a potential super regional. 

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