The challenge will be a bit different, with a long road trip ahead this season in the NCAA Tournament. The complete field will be revealed during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at noon (ESPNU).
The Hoosiers (38-17) will travel to Austin, Texas as a No. 2 seed.
"Yeah, it's going to mean a little bit more, but we also got to remember we got IN first", A&M sophomore Braden Shewmake told reporters IN College Station after the tournament field was announced Monday.
The other two teams in the Gainesville Regional will be Florida Atlantic and Jacksonville University. Should Florida advance, it will face the victor of the Raleigh Regional hosted by No. 16 seed North Carolina State in a best-of-3 Super Regional for a spot in the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Longhorns are the 13th overall seed in the tournament and are making their record 59th appearance.
Texas has never played IN before.
Rounding out the field is four-seed Samford, which won the Southern Conference postseason championship.
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The NCAA announced its 16 top seeds in alphabetical order in social media. That would mean that FSU wouldn't have to leave Tallahassee until the College World Series.
Big Ten programs Ohio State, Minnesota and Purdue also received invitations. "It's our third year in a row of hosting so we're very excited about the opportunity of being one of the 16 teams that gets to host a Regional", Lee said.
Florida State answered on the bottom of the inning with four runs to take a 4-1 lead. They failed to reach the super regionals each of those seasons. "All these guys are beatable teams and if we just go out and play tough, I think we've got a chance".
Hosting a regional or super regional gives a college baseball team nearly a 70 percent chance of advancing, per the NCAA.
When UNCW hosted the Buckeyes back early March, the Seahawks were coming off a red-eye flight home from Phoenix after winning a three-game series with Arizona State. The CWS Finals format consists of single games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (if necessary), June 25-26/27. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech each earned at-large berths to the tournament.