Kansas State gets a Sunflower Showdown for playing host to an NCAA Division-I baseball regional for the first time in school history this weekend in Manhattan.
Kansas State (41-17) takes on postseason-savvy Wichita State (39-26) on Friday in an opening-round game.
The Wildcats, Big 12 champions, were eliminated from the Big 12 championship tournament this past weekend at Bricktown Ballpark in pool play in Oklahoma City, losing to Oklahoma.
Oklahoma went on to win the conference tourney championship by beating Kansas on Sunday.
• First conference title in 80 years
Kansas State is ranked in every major poll, including a No. 15 spot by Baseball America. It is the Wildcats’ first conference crown in baseball since 1933. ... Arkansas (37-20) will face Smithville, R.I.-based Bryant (44-16-1) on Friday night at Tointon Stadium. Bryant qualified for the tournament after winning the Northeast Conference Tournament. ... The top eight national seeds in the tournament are: North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State and Oregon.
The regionals are double elimination, with four teams per region. Super regionals will be held next week, with those winners moving to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report
NCAA Division-I Regional
At Tointon Family Stadium
Game 1 — Kansas State (41-17) vs. Wichita State (39-26), 2 p.m.
Game 2 — Arkansas (37-20) vs. Bryant (44-16-1), 7
Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2
Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7
Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 2
Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.
x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m., If necessary