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Houston Regional Live Thread: K-State vs. Xavier

What: NCAA Baseball Tournament, Houston Regional
Where: Houston, Texas | Reckling Park (5,368)
Who: K-State (41-16-1) vs. Xavier (38-19)
When: May 29, 2009 | 2:00 p.m.
Media: 1350 KMAN | Rice Live Webcast

Follow the Bat Cats today as they make their first NCAA Tournament appearance in baseball. Coach Brad Hill has decided to roll the dice and start Lance Hoge instead of A.J. Morris, gambling that Hoge can get us the win over Xavier and saving Morris for a potential winners'-bracket matchup with Rice.

For those unfamiliar with baseball Regionals, here's how it works. It's a four-team, double-elimination bracket. Top-seeded Rice plays fourth-seeded Sam Houston State, while second-seeded K-State plays third-seeded Xavier. The losers of those two games play on Saturday in an elimination game, while the two winners play in the winners' bracket game. The winner of the elimination game squares off with the loser of the winners' bracket game on Sunday in another elimination game. At that point, the team that survives the second elimination game would have to defeat the 2-0 team twice in order to advance.

Go Cats!