2021 Road to CWS: Oregon Ducks baseball to host regional at PK Park

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2021 Road to CWS: Oregon Ducks baseball to host regional at PK Park originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Oregon Ducks baseball team begin their road to Omaha from the comfort of their own home. 

Finishing the season as the No. 14 ranked team, the Ducks (37-14) will host one of the 16 regionals starting Friday at PK Park. 

Joining them will be Gonzaga (33-17) as the No. 2 seed in the bracket, LSU (34-22) as No. 3 seed and Central Connecticut State (28-13) as the No. 4 seed.  

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The Ducks are making their eighth postseason appearance all-time and their first since the 2015 campaign. The NCAA Regionals return to Eugene and PK Park for the first time since 2013 when the Ducks hosted for the second consecutive year. Oregon won the 2012 Eugene Regional winning all three games, including an 8-1 win over Austin Peay in the championship game. The Ducks also hosted a Super Regional that season losing to Kent State 3-2 in the third and deciding game.

Oregon is 15-14 all-time in postseason play and are 6-2 at PK Park. 

The Ducks have never faced Central Connecticut or LSU.

They are, however, 20-2 all-time against Gonzaga, which includes a 10-3 win earlier this month.

The winner of the Eugene regional will play the winner of the Knoxville regional, which consists of Tennessee, the host school who are ranked No. 3 in the nation, as well as Duke, Liberty and Wright State. The winners of those regionals will play Super Regional starting June 11, which is a best of three series.

In total, six Pac-12 teams are playing the postseason: Oregon, Arizona and Stanford are all hosting regionals, while ASU, OSU and UCLA all earned at-large bids.

The Ducks' first game will be against Central Connecticut (28-13) at 2 p.m. Friday at PK Park.