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See who Arkansas baseball plays in this week's NCAA Tournament regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas baseball will once again host an NCAA Regional, this time as the No. 5 overall national seed.

The Razorbacks (43-14) will be the top seed in Fayetteville and open the tournament against fourth-seeded Southeast Missouri State on Friday. Louisiana Tech is the two-seed and will face three-seed Kansas State that same day inside Baum-Walker Stadium.

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The Fayetteville Regional is paired with the Charlottesville Regional for the super regional round. That regional is led by national No. 12 seed Virginia, along with Mississippi State, St. John's and Pennsylvania. Arkansas would host Virginia if both regionals' top seeds advance.

Arkansas baseball's Gabe Gaeckle (left) and Hudson White (right) celebrate after recording the final out in the Razorbacks win over Florida on Friday, April 26, 2024.
Arkansas baseball's Gabe Gaeckle (left) and Hudson White (right) celebrate after recording the final out in the Razorbacks win over Florida on Friday, April 26, 2024.

SEMO won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament to secure an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Redhawks went 34-25 and are 12-3 in their last 15 games.

Louisiana Tech (45-17) won the Conference USA regular season title and reached the championship game of the league's tournament. The Bulldogs' most impressive series victory this season came against Dallas Baptist, who also made the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas State (32-24) finished sixth in the Big 12 and won a regular-season series against Oklahoma State, but the Wildcats don't have another series victory against an NCAA Tournament team on the resume.

This will mark the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the Hogs are regional hosts. Arkansas is coming off an 0-2 performance at the SEC Tournament, but the Razorbacks won the SEC West title and went 33-3 at home this year behind a dominant pitching staff.

Arkansas did not make it out of the Fayetteville Regional in 2023, losing a pair of games to TCU. The NCAA Tournament begins May 31 with the College World Series scheduled to end June 24.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas baseball No. 5 overall seed in NCAA Tournament, hosts regional