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Tickets Punched: Texas and Texas Tech Advance to CWS
June 11, 2018
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Texas and Texas Tech baseball punched tickets to the 2018 Men's College World Series with game three victories on Monday in the NCAA Super Regionals. At least one Big 12 program has participated in the CWS in five consecutive seasons.

Texas (42-21) registered a 5-2 victory over Tennessee Tech on Monday afternoon in Austin to secure its NCAA-leading 36th all-time appearance to the College World Series and the first since 2014.

In Lubbock, the Red Raiders (44-18) collected a 6-2 win over Duke to punch their third ticket to the CWS in the last five seasons.  TTU made its first trek to Omaha in 2014, followed by another in 2016 and now its third appearance this season.

This marks the 15th year since 1999 that at least one Big 12 team has participated in the College World Series. It is the seventh time in league history that two or more teams have reached the CWS. The appearances will be No. 24 and No. 25 for the Conference.

The Big 12 is the only conference represented this season in the College Football Playoff (Oklahoma), Men's Final Four (Kansas), Men’s College World Series (Texas and Texas Tech), and Women’s College World Series (Oklahoma). Additionally, the Big 12 leads all conferences with 22.2% of the league reaching Omaha.

The 2018 Men's College World Series begins play Saturday, June 16, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. (CT), and will feature No. 3 national seed Oregon State (49-10-1) against No. 6 national seed North Carolina (43-18) on ESPN. Saturday’s second game features Washington (35-24) against Mississippi State (37-27) and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

The Sunday, June 17 doubleheader features No. 5 national seed  Arkansas (44-19) vs. No. 13 national seed Texas (42-21) at 1 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. In the evening game starting at 6 p.m. (CT), No. 1 national seed Florida (48-19) will be squaring off against No. 9 national seed Texas Tech (44-18) on ESPN2. 

The losers of Saturday’s two games will play at 1 p.m. (CT) Monday, June 18 on ESPN. While Saturday’s winners face off at 6 p.m. (CT) Monday, June 18 on ESPN. The losers of Sunday’s games will play each other at 1 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, June 19 on ESPN. Sunday’s winners will meet Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.

The winners of the two brackets will play a best-of-three Men’s College World Series Finals, with the first game set for 6 p.m. (CT) Monday, June 25. The second game is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, June 26 with the game three (if necessary) scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, June 27. All three of the finals games will air on ESPN.

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