The Nebraska baseball team takes on former Big-12 Conference foe Oklahoma State in Friday’s opening game of an NCAA Regional in Clemson, South Carolina. The third seeded Huskers are 37-20 overall and finished 16-8 in the Big Ten. The Cowboys are 36-20 overall and finishing the Big-12 race with a 16-8 record.
“They have a great coaching staff and can really pitch”, said Nebraska coach Darin Erstad. “They put the pressure on you with a lot of bunting and a lot of action. When you play in a regional you are going to face a quality team and we are going to have to play well.”
Nebraska’s last NCAA Regional trip was in 2014 and the Huskers earned an at-large bid to the Stillwater Regional, but the Huskers and host Cowboys did not meet.
Host Clemson is the top seed the Tigers open Friday night against fourth seeded Western Carolina. The Tigers are hosting a regional for the first time since 2011.
“We have got one of the most rabid fan bases in all of college baseball”, said Clemson coach Monte Lee. “We have an incredible atmosphere here and I know the people of Clemson are excited about the opportunity for us to be playing at home.”
Clemson is 42-18 after winning the ACC Tournament championship.