The No. 2 seed Nebraska baseball team (31-12) opens the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Friday night at 7 PM in Fayetteville, Ark., against the No. 3 seed Northeastern Huskies (36-10, 20-3 CAA). It will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Nebraska was one of three Big Ten teams to hear its name called on selection Monday. Maryland was named a three-seed at the Greenville Regional and will play Charlotte, while third-seeded Michigan will take on UConn at the South Bend Regional. Nebraska head coach Will Bolt visited with the media Monday after Nebraska’s tournament destination was announced
The Arkansas Razorbacks are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and will play New Jersey Tech earlier in the day on Friday at 2 PM. The Razorbacks are coached by former Nebraska head coach Dave Van Horn. Van Horn was coach when Will Bolt played for Nebraska. Bolt talked about the potential of going head to head with his mentor
Nebraska will make its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and the 14th appearance in the last 21 seasons (the 2020 season isn’t included as it was cut short due to COVID-19).
The Huskers enter Friday winners in 11 of their last 13 games and posted an 11-4 record in the month of May.
Northeastern is making its second regional appearance in the last three years after earning an at-large bid in 2018. Overall, the Huskies are making their ninth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the College World Series in 1966.
Friday night’s game and all Nebraska games from the Fayetteville regional will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM.