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Maryland baseball returns to NCAA tournament for first time since 2017, will face Charlotte in Greenville Regional

The Maryland baseball team will make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2017 after earning the No. 3 seed in the Greenville Regional on Monday afternoon.

The Terps will take on No. 2 seed Charlotte (39-19) on Friday at 6 p.m. at East Carolina’s Clark-LeClair Stadium.

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Maryland (28-16), which finished second in the Big Ten standings after winning 18 of 22 games to end the regular season, advanced to the 64-team NCAA tournament for the seventh time in program history.

“I have been a part of some really special teams during my career and this group ranks towards to top,” Terps coach Rob Vaughn said. “I cannot tell you how proud I am of this group of men that has overcome so much adversity and put themselves in a position to stay together for at least another week.”

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No. 13 overall seed East Carolina (41-15) is the top seed in the regional, while Norfolk State (25-26) was given the No. 4 seed. Those teams will play Friday at noon.

Each regional field features four teams playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be held from Friday to Monday. Regional winners advance to eight best-of-three super regionals, and those winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

The national top 16 seeds are Arkansas (46-10), Texas (42-15), Tennessee (45-16), Vanderbilt (40-15), Arizona (40-15), TCU (40-17), Mississippi St. (40-15), Texas Tech (36-15), Stanford (33-14), Notre Dame (30-11), Old Dominion (42-14), Ole Miss (41-19), East Carolina (41-15), Oregon (37-14), Florida (38-20), and Louisiana Tech (40-18).

The No. 1 overall seed Razorbacks won all 10 of their Southeastern Conference series and wrapped up their first conference tournament championship Sunday. After losing three straight games in March, the Hogs never lost consecutive games.

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Vanderbilt will be going for its third national championship since 2014 after winning the title two years ago. There was no tournament in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SEC led all conferences with nine teams in the field, followed by the ACC (eight), Pac-12 (six), Big 12 and Conference USA (four) and Big Ten (three).

The last four teams selected were Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina and UC Santa Barbara. The first four out were Baylor, Pittsburgh, Georgia and Ball State.

Baylor would be first in line to replace any team that can’t play its regional because of failure to clear COVID-19 testing protocols.

Maryland features six All-Big Ten selections in shortstop Benjamin Cowles (first team), outfielder Chris Alleyne, (second team), right-hander Ryan Ramsey (second team), infielder Matthew Shaw (All-Freshman), right-hander Jason Savacool (All-Freshman), and catcher Luke Shliger (All-Freshman).

The Terps’ last NCAA regional appearance came in 2017, when Maryland went 1-2 at the Winston-Salem Regional.

The eight super regional hosts will be announced June 8 at approximately 8 a.m. The College World Series begins play Saturday, June 19, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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