UW Baseball Makes NCAA Tournament

May 27, 2002

The Washington baseball team will play Texas Tech in the first game of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships Friday in Houston. The Huskies were selected as one of four teams to play at a regional hosted by Rice University when the 64-team NCAA Tournament field was announced earlier today.

The Huskies (30-25-1), who finished in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 Conference, are the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Texas Tech (41-18), a member of the Big 12 Conference is seeded No. 2. Rice, the top seed in the regional, finished the year 47-11 and will play fourth-seeded Harvard (20-24) in its first-round game.

'We're very excited,' said 10th-year Husky head coach Ken Knutson. 'There was a time in the middle of the season when we could have given up, but we didn't. We worked hard, and I'm glad that our hard work has been rewarded.

'Rice has an outstanding baseball tradition,' Knutson continued. 'They have a super ballpark and it's a great place to play. First and foremost, we hoped we would get into the tournament, but we were also hoping to go to a place with a big-time atmosphere, and Rice is certainly that.'

The regional begins Friday in Houston and runs through Sunday. The winner of the double-elimination bracket will face the winner of a four-team regional being held in Baton Rouge in a Super Regional. That regional includes Louisiana State, Southern University, Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Game times for the regionals will be announced later.

Washington has made the NCAA tournament five times in the last 11 seasons -- 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998. The Huskies also played in the NCAA District 8 championship in 1959.

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