LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Kentucky baseball program had a pretty good guarantee for a while now to host an NCAA regional, even after losing the last two series of the regular season and going one and done in the SEC tournament down in Hoover.

Rights to host a regional were officially granted to UK on Sunday, as the NCAA selection committee announced the host sites and announced the Lexington regional will be one of the 16 sites this weekend.

This is the 3rd time Kentucky has hosted an NCAA regional, with 2006 and 2017 being the other two instances. The Cats made it to the Super Regional in 2017.

Resume building is something UK was confident in dating back to the start of the season, having a top 10 toughest strength of non-conference schedule and No. 1 most difficult strength of schedule overall.

36 regular season wins got them to a No. 1 RPI for most of the season, ending in the top in that metric. They were also ranked in major polls for the entire rest of the year after reeling off a 17-game winning streak early on.

Kentucky will learn of the three other teams playing in the Lexington regional when the full field is announced on Monday at noon.