FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has been assigned to play in the Manhattan (Kan.) Regional. The Razorbacks, who are the No. 2 seed, will open the regional against No. 3 seed Bryant on Friday at 7 p.m. No. 1 seed Kansas State will play No. 4 seed Wichita State at 2 p.m. Friday.
The winner of the Manhattan Regional will advance to play the winner of the Corvalis (Ore.) Regional in a Super Regional next week.
Below is a brief look at each team participating in the Manhattan Regional:
NO. 1 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Conference: Big 12
Record: 41-17 overall, 16-8 in Big 12
Coach: Brad Hill
Statistics: Batting - .323; Pitching – 3.83 ERA; Fielding - .974
Notes: Won the Big 12 regular season title, claiming the program’s first conference crown since 1933. … NCAA Regional host for the first time in program history. … Wildcats rank second in the nation in team batting average (.323).
NO. 2 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Record: 37-20 overall, 18-11 in SEC
Coach: Dave Van Horn
Statistics: Batting - .260; Pitching – 1.87 ERA; Fielding - .963
Notes: Arkansas opened the season ranked No. 1 in the country by most preseason polls. … The Razorbacks lead the nation in ERA … Finished third in SEC’s regular season standings and advanced to the SEC Tournament semifinals.
NO. 3 BRYANT BULLDOGS
Location: Smithfield, R.I.
Conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)
Record: 44-16-1 overall, 27-5 in NEC
Coach: Steve Owens
Statistics: Batting - .289; Pitching – 2.63 ERA; Fielding - .975
Notes: Bryant won the NEC title for the first time and will play in its first NCAA Tournament. … The Bulldogs’ 2.63 ERA ranks 10th in the NCAA and Bryant pitchers have thrown 9 shutouts. … Bryant opened the year 0-6-1, but is 44-10 since.
NO. 4 WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Conference: Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)
Record: 39-26, 15-6 in MVC
Coach: Gene Stephenson
Statistics: Batting - .294; Pitching – 3.31 ERA; Fielding - .977
Notes: The Shockers are in the NCAA Tournament field for the 28th time. … Wichita State won five straight in the MVC Tournament to earn the automatic bid. It was the program’s 18th MVC championship. … WSU has won 9 NCAA Regionals.