The No. 8 Rice Owls (41-19) fell to the Bears of Baylor and California in the NCAA Houston regionaland are the only one of the top 8 national seeds so far to be eliminated from the tournament. No. 7 overall Texas plays Kent State Monday afternoon and are the last of the national seeds to try and advance to the super regionals that begin this weekend.
Rice went into the Houston regional as the No. 8 overall seed in the tournament but committed seven errors combined in the two games against Baylor and California, and that proved to the be the difference as the Owls have to watch California take on Baylor to see who grabs the Houston regional title. The winner will play either Oral Roberts vs Dallas Baptist in the super regional.
Every national seed with the exception of Texas went 3-0 in their respective regionals to earn spots in the super regionals. They will now play a best-of-three series for the opportunity to play in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska starting on June 18th.
Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida State and Vanderbilt all advanced as national seeds to play this weekend.