Huskers headed to Fayetteville for NCAA baseball regional

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Will Bolt and the Nebraska baseball team could run into a familiar face in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

The Huskers have been placed in the Fayetteville Regional, hosted by top-seeded Arkansas. The Razorbacks are coached by Dave Van Horn, who coached Nebraska for five seasons, four which included Bolt as a player.

Van Horn led the Huskers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including College World Series trips in Bolt's final two seasons as the Nebraska shortstop.

The Huskers will be the second seed in the four-team bracket. Nebraska will open up against third-seeded Northeastern in the double elimination bracket. The Huskies advanced to the tournament after winning the CAA. Arkansas will start the tournament against fourth-seeded NJIT from the America East conference.

Nebraska's first game will be Friday at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

The winner of the regional bracket will advance to play the winner of the regional hosted by Louisiana Tech in a best-of-three super regional for the right to advance to the College World Series.

Nebraska advances to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the past seven contested seasons. It is the first NCAA Tournament appearance for Bolt as the Huskers' head coach after his first season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Huskers went 31-12 while playing all-Big Ten schedule in 2021. The Huskers claimed their first conference title in four years.