Horns get top seed in NCAA tourney

May 26, 2009 7:54:14 AM PDT
The Texas Longhorns will have to overcome history if they hope to win a seventh College World Series title. [SPORTS BLOG: Read the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

The NCAA has chosen the Longhorns to be the top national seed for the Division I baseball tournament. That distinction hasn't previously guaranteed postseason success. The only No. 1 national seed to win a title since the field was expanded to 64 teams was Miami in 1999, and no top-eight national seed has won it all since Rice in 2003.

The Big 12 champion Longhorns were last the No. 1 national seed in 2004. They'll host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday.

Texas is second to Southern California with six national titles and has perhaps the country's deepest pitching staff with Chance Ruffin, Cole Green, Brandon Workman and closer Austin Wood.

The other national seeds, in order, are: Cal State Fullerton (42-14), LSU (46-16), North Carolina (42-16), Arizona State (44-12), UC Irvine (43-13), Oklahoma (41-18) and Florida (39-20).

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