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Rice, USM charge into regionals

From staff and Conference USA reports
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Conference USA regular season kingpin Rice and league tournament champion Southern Mississippi have kept their annual propensity for late-season charm intact, receiving bids to the 2010 NCAA Baseball Championship.

The Owls will participate in the Austin, TX, Regional as the No. 2 seed, while the Golden Eagles will be the No. 3 seed in the Auburn, AL, Regional.

The invitations were among 64 issued Monday by the NCAA Division I baseball committee.

Rice (38-21) won the regular season C-USA title, extending to 15 years its streak of capturing either a regular season conference championship or tournament title.

The Owls will meet Sun Belt Conference regular season champion and No. 3 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (37-20) at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, June 4, in the first round of Austin Regional play. Fourth-seeded Rider (36-21) and host and top-seed Texas (46-11) complete the four-team field and will face each other in the day's other game at 6 p.m.

This appearance will be the Rice baseball program's 16th in a row in the NCAA Championship, the fourth-longest active streak in the country. Miami (FL) is in the field for the 38th consecutive year, extending its own record, followed by Florida State (33) and Cal State-Fullerton (19).

Southern Miss (35-22) will be making its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason. The Golden Eagles will play No. 2 seed Clemson (38-21) on Friday, June 4, at 3 p.m. ET to open the Auburn Regional. Host and No. 1 seed Auburn (40-19) will face No. 4 seed Jacksonville State (32-24) at 7 p.m. that same day.

Its spot in the Auburn Regional marks the eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles' streak is the tenth-longest in the nation.

The regional invitations to Rice and USM increase to 49 the number of NCAA postseason bids extended to Conference USA teams in the league's first 15 seasons. A C-USA team has advanced to a Super Regional 10 straight years. For six years in a row, a team from the conference has reached the College World Series.

Each of the 16 regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 4, to Monday, June 7. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on on Monday, June 7, at approximately 11 p.m. ET.

The national top eight seeds in the 64-team field are Arizona State (47-8), Texas (46-11), Florida (42-15), Coastal Carolina (51-7), Virginia (47-11), UCLA (43-13), Louisville (48-12) and Georgia Tech (45-13).

The 64th College World Series gets underway on Saturday, June 19, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE.

Conference USA in the 2010 NCAA Championship:

Austin, Texas, Regional

Friday, June 4
No. 2 Rice (38-21) vs. No. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette (37-20) 2 pm ET
No. 4 Rider (36-21) vs. No. 1 Texas (46-11) 7 pm ET

Auburn, Alabama, Regional

Friday, June 4
No. 2 Clemson (38-21) vs. No. 3 Southern Miss (35-22) 3 pm ET
No. 4 Jacksonville State (32-24) vs. No. 1 Auburn (40-19) 7 pm ET

View NCAA's 16 Regional Championship Brackets

This Week's NCAA Division I Baseball Polls

ECU's 2010 Game-by-Game Scores & Attendance

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