Baseball Bears Earn Spot in NCAA Tournament

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A short two years after their last appearance, the Missouri State Baseball Bears are heading back to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

They're part of a 64-team field announced Monday morning. The Bears took the No. 2 seed in the Fayetteville Regional.

Dallas Baptist University will join them as the No. 3 seed in the Fort Worth Regional, facing Virginia in the first round - the second Missouri Valley Conference team in the tournament.

According to a news release from the university athletic department, this will be the Bears' (40-17) third NCAA tournament appearance in the last six seasons.

They'll take on Oklahoma State on Friday at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Cowboys (30-25) are the Big 12 Conference Tournament champions.

The 16 regional winners will move onto the Super Regional round from June 9-12. The eight winners of that will head to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, June 17-28.

The Bears took the MVC regular-season crown for the fifth time, posting a 22-game conference regular-season win-streak, according to the news release. They are currently ranked No. 22 in the Top-25 rankings.

In 2015, the Bears were one game short of heading to the College World Series.

You can buy tickets for $75 here.

2017 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Schedule

Friday, June 2
Game 1 - No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 2 Missouri State, 2 p.m. CT (ESPN3)
Game 2 - No. 1 Arkansas vs. No. 4 Oral Roberts, 7 p.m. CT (ESPN3)

Saturday, June 3
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Sunday, June 4
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 6 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

Monday, June 5
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 6 p.m. (ESPN3)


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