Oregon State ranked the No. 3 seed in the nation as the Beavers prepare to host a tough region

Oregon State ranked the No. 3 seed in the nation as the Beavers prepare to host a tough region

The Oregon State baseball team is entering the 2022 NCAA playoffs as the No. 3 national seed in the nation, the NCAA announced.

The Beavers are a national seed for the sixth time, following 2005 (8th), 2013 (3rd), 2014 (1st), 2017 (1st) and 2018 (3rd).

Oregon State is hosting a region for the ninth time and the fourth time since the 2017 season.

The NCAA Corvallis Regional kicks off Friday with scheduled action continuing through Sunday. A match if necessary can be played on Monday.

The Beavers open play Friday against New Mexico State, the region’s fourth seed. The Aggies went 24-32 overall this season and went 4-0 in the Western Athletic Conference tournament, beating Abilene Christian on Saturday.

The Beavers lead the all-time series, 7-2, last winning 7-0 in 2011.

No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 3 San Diego will kick off the regional on Friday.

The Beavers last faced the Commodores in the 2018 NCAA Corvallis Super Regional, sweeping Vanderbilt en route to the national championship. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 3-2.

Vanderbilt enters the playoffs with an overall record of 36-21. The Commodores finished fourth in the SEC East Division, posting a 14-16 record.

San Diego holds a slight 10-9 advantage in the all-time series, but the Beavers have won the last four games. OSU swept a pair of games in 2018, 23-6 and 19-6.

San Diego enters the regional with a 36-18 record. The Toreros finished West Coast Conference play with a 17-10 record, tied for second.

Schedules and TV information will be available later.

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