New Mexico State’s baseball team had a victory party after winning its first Western Athletic Conference Tournament title on Sunday. Then, on Monday, the Aggies and their fans were part of a watch party for their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2012.
NMSU is set to play in the Lubbock (Texas) Regional, as announced on Monday, as part of 64 teams in the Division I tournament.
The regional starts Friday and could end Monday. The Aggies (40-20) open the double-elimination regional against host Texas Tech, the No. 9 seed, at noon on Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The game can be viewed on WatchESPN.com.
NMSU and Texas Tech (39-17) met twice during the regular season with the Red Raiders winning both games. Texas Tech defeated the Aggies, 12-0, in Lubbock on Feb. 20, then used a walk-off home run win the neutral-site contest on April 3 in Midland, Texas. The Red Raiders are 50-18 all-time against the Aggies.
Kent State (39-16) and Louisville (43-17) are also in the Lubbock Regional and meet in the nightcap Friday at 5 p.m.
This is the first time in school history that Texas Tech has hosted an NCAA Regional in three straight years.
NMSU did not face Kent State or Louisville during the regular season.