For just the fourth time in program history, the Iowa baseball team will participate in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawkeyes (39-16) are seeded second in the Springfield, Mo., regional and will face No. 3 seed Oregon (37-23) at noon on Friday.
Regional host and No. 1 seed Missouri State will face Canisius (34-28) in the other regional game on Friday.
Iowa will be making its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1990 under former coach Duane Banks. That team competed in the Northeast Regional and lost both of its games to Maine and North Carolina.
Reaction from players and Coach Rick Heller to Monday's NCAA Regionals announcement: http://t.co/hOZg5zLgNQ
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Iowa’s other NCAA Tournament appearances came in 1972 and 1975. The 1972 squad, which featured UI athletic administrator Fred Mims, advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., where it lost both games to Arizona State and Temple.
Iowa earned a spot in this year’s 64-team field by finishing second in the Big Ten during the regular season and by winning seven of its eight conference series under second-year coach Rick Heller. The team already was honored from an individual standpoint, with a record six players receiving all-Big Ten accolades, including first-team recognition for pitcher Blake Hickman.
The NCAA Tournament uses a double-elimination format for baseball.