Omaha opens Baseball Regional play against top-seeded UCLA

Omaha made nine NCAA Regional appearances at the Division II level and will make its DI Regional debut Friday against top-seeded UCLA.
Omaha made nine NCAA Regional appearances at the Division II level and will make its DI Regional debut Friday against top-seeded UCLA.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- For the first time in program history, Omaha will be The Summit League's representative during the NCAA Baseball Regionals that get underway this weekend across the country. The Mavericks will make their NCAA DI Tournament debut against top-seeded UCLA on Friday night at 9 p.m. CT. The contest will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Here are Five Things To Know as the Mavericks head to Los Angeles:
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The Mavericks made nine NCAA Regional appearances at the Division II level, earning its best finish after placing fifth at the 2007 Division II College World Series. Head coach Evan Porter was the starting shortstop on the 2007 squad.
- Omaha's Payton Kinney tied an overall program record and set a DI program record with his 11th victory of the season, which came in a winner-take-all title game against Oral Roberts last Saturday at the 2019 #SummitBSB Championship. Kinney tossed 7.1 scoreless innings while yielding only an infield single to the leadoff batter in the 4-0 victory over the Golden Eagles.
- In the season-opening series against the other Pac-12 member in Los Angeles, Kinney picked up the Mavericks' lone win in the series, allowing just one earned run on four hits against USC (Feb. 17) in a game Omaha would eventually win 12-9.
- Senior first baseman Braden Rogers had hit only three home runs in 382 career at-bats entering Saturday's winner-take-all contest against Oral Roberts, but delivered two against the Golden Eagles, driving in three of his team's run in the 4-0 victory.
- Omaha has never played any of the other three Los Angeles Regional participants: No. 1 seed UCLA, No. 2 seed Baylor or No. 3 seed Loyola Marymount.  

NCAA Los Angeles Regional Schedule
Friday, May 31
Game One: (2) Baylor vs. (3) LMU - 3 p.m. CT
Game Two: (1) UCLA vs. (4) Omaha - 9 p.m. CT

Saturday, June 1
Game Three: Loser of Game One vs. Loser of Game Two (Elimination Game)
Game Four: Winner of Game One vs. Winner of Game Two

Sunday, June 2
Game Five: Winner of Game Three vs. Loser of Game Four (Elimination Game)
Game Six: Winner of Game Five vs. Winner of Game Four (Championship Game)

Monday, June 3
Game Seven (if necessary): If Winner of Game Five wins Game Six vs. Winner of Game Four

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