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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn walks toward the mound during a SEC Tournament game against LSU on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala. - Photo by Michael Woods

— Arkansas will play Liberty in the first game of the NCAA regionals at 6 p.m. Friday in Charlottesville, Va.

The Razorbacks (38-23) are the No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville regional, hosted by the University of Virginia. Friday's game will be the first ever between Arkansas and Liberty, and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

Liberty, located in Lynchburg, Va., is 41-16 this season. The Flames won the Big South Conference regular season championship but lost in the conference tournament semifinals.

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Like Arkansas, Liberty has one of the nation's top pitching staffs. The Flames' 2.62 team earned run average ranks 14th nationally, just ahead of the Razorbacks at 2.63.

Arkansas is in the regional round for the 13th consecutive season. The regional round has a double elimination format with games Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and if necessary Monday.

Virginia is the No. 3 national seed in this year's NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers are 44-13 overall this season and 29-3 at their 4,980-seat home, Davenport Field. Virginia will host Bucknell in the first game of the regional.

The winner of the Charlottesville regional will play the winner of the Columbia, S.C. regional in the super regional round. The Columbia regional includes South Carolina, Maryland, Old Dominion and Campbell.

Arkansas and Virginia last played in the 2009 College World Series. The Razorbacks beat the Cavaliers 4-3 in a 12-inning classic that included a Brett Eibner home run to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning.

The draw in Virginia comes as bit of a surprise after the Razorbacks finished the year winning nine of their final 12 games. Arkansas was passed over for several regionals closer to home, including at Oklahoma State, TCU, Rice and Louisiana-Lafayette.

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  • RestoftheStory
    May 26, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

    We could use a few more players from that 2009 team like Zack Cox and Brett Eibner. They did some amazing things for Razorback baseball.
    Someone needs to check the LSU bats to find the cork or other banned material inside. If their bats are legal, we need their batting coach.
    Hope Jalen Beeks, Jake Wise, and the rest of the guys are spending plenty of time in the Training Room this week to heal up any injuries. We will need a full roster to win the Regional.

  • TigerInArk
    May 26, 2014 at 2:57 p.m.

    Ark. was hot. LSU has been hotter, and I think their bats are legal. LSU outscored their opponents 85-8 in their last 7 games including run rules over Vandy and Ark. The pitching has been stellar, too.
    -Ark. and LSU might meet again in Omaha.

  • ColHog
    May 28, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

    I agree with Tiger. LSU is hitting extremely well right now. Thankfully they're on the other side of the Omaha bracket. I think Hogs will get to Omaha.