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A NCAA rule change means the Nebraska baseball team will welcome a pair of regional opponents to Haymarket Park for fall exhibition games.

The Huskers will host Wichita State at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22, and will host Kansas Saturday, October 6. Game time for the KU game is yet to be determined.

The games are open to the public.

The NCAA this spring passed legislation that allows Division I programs to host up to two fall exhibition games without those games counting against a team's spring schedule.

Previously, if a team played fall exhibition games, those games did count against the 56-game spring schedule.

Wichita State went 35-21-1 last season, taking two of three games from the Huskers in early March in Wichita. Shockers slugger Alec Bohm, an Omaha Roncalli graduate, was the third overall pick in this summer's Major League Baseball draft.

Kansas went 27-30 in 2018. The Jayhawks and Huskers last met in baseball in 2016, with Nebraska downing KU 3-1 in Lincoln. Before that, the teams last played during Nebraska's last season in the Big 12 in 2011.

Nebraska begins fall practice Thursday afternoon. The annual Red-White series is set for Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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