Creighton vs. Nebraska, 4.9

Creighton's Jake Holton (second left) celebrates his two-run homer with his teammates in the first inning against Nebraska on April 9 at Haymarket Park.

The state of Nebraska had quite a presence during the start of the NCAA Tournament selection show Monday on ESPNU.

The first regional reveal — the Los Angeles Regional — included Omaha.

Creighton's name popped up on the screen in the second regional — the Corvallis, Oregon, Regional.

The third bracket to be unveiled was Oklahoma City. Nebraska.

For now, Nebraska is a baseball state.

For the first time, all three Division I institutions will have a team in the same NCAA Tournament.

"I think it's just fantastic. I think everybody knows this area is very solid in baseball, and I think it's just awesome for getting kids excited about baseball and the programs in this state," Nebraska coach Darin Erstad said Monday. "Nothing but good can come out of that."

It's a historic run for Omaha. The Mavericks, who won the Summit League regular-season and tournament championships, will be making their first appearance in the tournament.

Omaha is the fourth seed in the Los Angeles Regional and will open against top-seeded UCLA at 9 p.m. Friday. The other teams in the regional are Loyola Marymount and Baylor.

Creighton is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012. The Bluejays, who swept the Big East regular-season and tournament titles, are the No. 2 seed and will open against Michigan at 3 p.m. Friday. Top-seeded Oregon State will play Cincinnati in the other Corvallis matchup.

The state of California, with seven teams, led with the most qualifiers. North Carolina (6), Florida (5) and Texas (5) were the only other states with more than three teams in the field.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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