Regional-bound Demons head to No. 3 national seed Oregon State

first_imgBy opening against Oregon State, Northwestern State will face its first Pac-12 opponent since splitting two games at Arizona in the 2016 season. It will mark the second time this season the Demons make their debut in a road stadium, having done so March 17-18 at Nebraska. “It was crazy,” senior center fielder Kwan Adkins said. “We were all sitting there, sure we were going to different places. Finally, at the last minute, we find out we’re going to Oregon State. It was tremendous. I’m ready to experience it.”CORVALLIS REGIONAL GAME TIMES – JUNE 1#2 LSU vs. #3 San Diego State – 4 PM ET#1 Oregon State vs. #4 Northwestern State – 10:30 PM ET#RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/bDdf6fKeWU— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 28, 2018 “It means a lot, knowing they didn’t what they wanted to last year,” said junior left-hander Ridge Heisler, who has started each series or tournament opener since April 6. “This year, the motto was, ‘Change It.’ I definitely think we did. I’ve never been to Oregon. It’s a different place, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.”.@SouthlandSports: AQ CLINCHED! ??@NSUDemonsBSB will have a #RoadToOmaha! pic.twitter.com/BPkUnC37Kg— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 27, 2018 “They weren’t one of the teams we did a lot of preliminary stuff on,” second-year head coach Bobby Barbier said of the Beavers, who reached the College World Series semifinals a year ago. “I know they’re a really good baseball team. Their coach (Pat Casey) does a tremendous job out there. I look forward to seeing a different brand of baseball. That West Coast baseball is a little different than what we play down here. I’m looking forward to competing against those guys.” Surrounded by a bevy of purple-clad fans at Chili’s, the Northwestern State baseball team spent most of the 11 o’clock hour Monday morning anxiously awaiting their NCAA Regional destination. For much of the selection show, the Demons stayed on edge before being revealed as the No. 4 seed in the Corvallis Regional. While the Demons are more than familiar with LSU, whom they faced on May 15, Oregon State and San Diego State will be first-time foes for Northwestern State. The Demons enter the Corvallis Regional as winners of 16 of their last 20 games, including posting a 4-0 mark in the Southland Conference Tournament. “We were ready to hear our name,” said Southland Conference Player of the Year and SLC Tournament Most Valuable Player David Fry. “It’s amazing where baseball can take you. I never thought I’d be going to Oregon in my whole life.” The trip to the West Coast was unexpected for the Demons, whose three other NCAA Regional appearances have come in Baton Rouge (1991, 2005) and Stillwater, Oklahoma (1993). In addition to the Beavers (44-10-1), Northwestern State (37-22) is joined in Corvallis by No. 2 seed LSU (37-25) and third-seeded San Diego State (39-19). Northwestern State, playing In its first NCAA Regional since 2005, will face the region’s top seed and the No. 3 national seed Oregon State at 9:30 p.m. Friday on a game that will air nationally on ESPNU. Northwestern State locked up its second automatic regional bid in school history with its first Southland Conference Tournament championship. The Demons and San Diego State (Mountain West) each won their conference tournaments while Oregon State and LSU were at-large selections to the tournament. NATCHITOCHES, La. – After a 13-year wait, what did a few more minutes matter? Like many of his players, Barbier has never been to Oregon. He has been to an NCAA Regional, having been a junior on the Demons’ 2005 entrant. NCAA Corvallis Regional ScheduleFridayGame 1, 3 p.m. (CDT): No. 3 San Diego State (39-19) vs. No. 2 LSU (37-25), ESPNUGame 2, 9:30 p.m. (CDT): No. 4 Northwestern State (37-22) at No. 1 Oregon State (44-10-1), ESPNUSaturdayGame 3, 3 p.m. (CDT): Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loserGame 4, 9 p.m. (CDT): Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winnerSundayGame 5, 2 p.m. (CDT): Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loserGame 6, 8 p.m. (CDT): Game 5 winner vs. Game 4 winnerMondayGame 7 (if necessary) 9 p.m. (CDT): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loserNote: TV networks for Games 3-7 are TBDlast_img

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