It had been a long time coming for Michigan State baseball. In 2011, the Spartans won their first Big Ten title since 1979, now another drought has come to an end.
After a 33-year absence, the Spartans (37-21) are making an appearance in the NCAA tournament. The selection committee placed the Spartans in the Palo Alto regional as the No. 3 seed.
Ironically, the Spartans will play the same team they did in 1979: Pepperdine, the No. 2 seed.
The No. 1 seed in the regional is Stanford, which will play the No. 4 Fresno State.
The Spartans have an RPI of 45, helped by a schedule which featured a few teams that made the NCAA tournament -- such as Baylor, Texas A&M, Louisville and St. John's.
MSU was on the bubble after being eliminated in the Big Ten tournament on Friday in a 4-3 loss to Indiana.
The Spartans finished the Big Ten Tournament with a 2-2 record. MSU defeated Nebraska 10-9 in the opening round Wednesday, before falling to Indiana 6-4 on Thursda. In an elimination game on Friday, MSU topped Ohio State 6-2.