The Washington baseball team has gotten a lot of mileage out of “The Underdog” card this season.
Being overlooked Sunday as a host for an NCAA regional tournament was the latest in a series of perceived slights.
Monday, the Huskies received their postseason bid — and, yes, they will be racking up some more miles.
In the postseason for the first time since 2004 — Tim Lincecum’s freshman year — the Huskies (39-15) open a four-team, double-elimination regional in Oxford, Miss., against Georgia Tech (36-25) at 1 p.m. Pacific time Friday.
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“We’ve played with a chip on our shoulder all year, so maybe this will be good for us, to get those feelings going again,” said UW coach Lindsay Meggs. “We feel like we have a lot to prove, and we’ll ride that.”
Host Mississippi (41-18) will play Jacksonville State (36-25) in the second game Friday evening. Broadcasts of both games are scheduled to be available on ESPN3.com.
The Huskies, picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12, ended up in second place with 21-9 conference record. Meggs reiterated he was disappointed the Huskies, despite being ranked in the top 10 for much of the season, weren’t awarded one of 16 bids to host a regional.
But that disappointment from Sunday evening turned to elation Monday morning when the Huskies, watching the NCAA selection show on television during a breakfast gathering at their new team facility, leapt from their seats when “Washington” finally flashed on the screen.
When they get to Oxford, “We might have the most fun you’ve ever seen a college baseball team have,” senior outfielder Brian Wolfe said.
The UW baseball program has never advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., but that’s the goal for these Huskies.
“If we play the game the way we’ve played it all year long, we could end up in Omaha. We could do that,” Meggs said.
• The Huskies are 19-16 in eight previous NCAA appearances.
• UW has some history against both Georgia Tech and Mississippi in the postseason. The last time the Huskies played in the postseason, in 2004, they also were sent to Oxford. UW was 1-0 against Ole Miss, beating the Rebels in an elimination game, before being eliminated by Tulane. The Huskies faced Georgia Tech in both the 1994 and 1997 regionals.
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