A quick peek at the four teams in the Oklahoma City Regional
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A quick peek at the four teams in the Oklahoma City Regional

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Oklahoma State players pose for a team photo after winning the Big 12 Tournament championship Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma State

Record: 36-18 (14-9 Big 12).

RPI (vs. Top 50): 6 (13-8).

National seed/Regional seed: 9/1.

Last 10 games: 8-2.

National ranks: Batting, 118th (.272); pitching, 49th (3.94); defense, 141st (.968).

Of note: The Cowboys are one of the nation's hottest teams entering the NCAA Tournament. They beat West Virginia, another top-16 national seed, in the Big 12 Tournament championship game Saturday. All-Big 12 first-teamer Trevor Boone has smashed 19 homer runs this season.

UConn

Record: 36-22 (12-12 AAC).

RPI (vs. Top 50): 29 (8-8).

Regional seed: 2.

Last 10 games: 6-4.

National ranks: Batting, 156th (.266); pitching, 57th (4.09); defense, 143rd (.968).

Of note: The Huskies received an at-large bid after losing to Cincinnati 22-5 in the American Athletic Conference Tournament final. The Huskies are led by ace pitcher Mason Feole, a preseason All-American. He's 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA and he's left-handed. NU has struggled against lefties this season.

Nebraska

Record: 31-22 (15-9 Big Ten).

RPI (vs. Top 50): 35 (10-12).

Regional seed: 3.

Last 10 games: 7-3.

National ranks: Batting, 210th (.256); pitching, 90th (4.38); defense, 146th (.968).

Of note: The Huskers earned an at-large bid after reaching the Big Ten Tournament championship game. The Huskers, who have been led by the arms of starters Matt Waldron and Nate Fisher, will be making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in six years.

Harvard

Record: 27-14 (14-7 Ivy League).

RPI (vs. Top 50): 100 (0-0).

Regional seed: 4.

Last 10 games: 6-4.

National ranks: Batting, 62nd (.285); pitching, 146th (.490); defense, 160th (.967).

Of note: Harvard punched its NCAA ticket by winning the Ivy League. The Crimson will be making its first NCAA appearance since 2005. Harvard is led by junior outfielder Jake Suddleson. The Ivy League player of the year set a school record with 53 RBIs and is batting .382.

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"This team isn't going anywhere," said Nebraska junior outfielder Joe Acker, who had two hits Sunday. "We're going to get back to Lincoln and rest up. We're going to hopefully find out where we're going to go for a regional, and we're going to go win a regional. Right now, it's hard not to think of today's game. But after I get off that bus, I'm going to be focused on what's next for this team."

Nebraska took Bricktown Ballpark by storm in 1999, capturing our state's imagination by winning the Big 12 Tournament. In that season, Dave Van Horn breathed fire into a program that hadn't won any sort of conference title in nearly five decades. Bricktown became a special place for NU in ensuing years. This weekend, NU returns hoping for more magic, this time in an NCAA regional.

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