Siena Headed to TCU for NCAA Championship

MAAC Tournament MVP Vincent Citro (top) and Andres Ortiz celebrate Sunday

May 26, 2014

Siena is traveling over 1,600 miles to play its first NCAA Tournament game in 15 years. The Saints face No. 7 national seed TCU of the Big 12 at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas Friday night (8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT).

The other game in the Fort Worth Regional features Sam Houston State and Dallas Baptist (3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT). The winners and losers of Friday's games play each other Saturday.

The Saints (26-31) earned the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's automatic bid with an improbable run through the loser's bracket this past weekend. Siena won four games in a 30-hour span at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., including a doubleheader sweep of top-seed and overwhelming favorite Canisius Sunday.

Siena is making its second NCAA appearance and first since 1999 when it lost to host Wake Forest and Virginia Tech in the Winston Salem Regional.

Siena has never faced TCU or Sam Houston State. The Saints were swept in a three-game series at Dallas Baptist Feb. 26-28, 2009.

TCU, ranked in the top-20 of all four major polls, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning its first Big 12 Title Sunday. The Horned Frogs are 42-15 overall. They're hosting their fourth regional in program history and earned their first- national seed in program history.

No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist won the Missouri Valley Conference in their first season in the league and enter the Championship with a 40-19 overall record. No. 3 seed Sam Houston State, an at-large bid out of the Southland Conference, has posted a 41-17 overall record this season.

The winner of the Fort Worth Regional will play the winner of the San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) Regional in the Super Regionals. The four teams in that region include the host school, Pepperdine, Arizona State and Sacramento State.