Georgia Tech Hosts Elon, Southern Miss, Georgia State In NCAA Atlanta Baseball Regional

May 25, 2009

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech has been selected to the NCAA Tournament baseball field of 64 for the third straight year and will host Elon, Southern Mississippi and Georgia State in the Atlanta Regional, Friday through Monday, May 29 – June 1, at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tournament ticket books will go on sale to the general public later this week. A separate release will be posted on Ramblinwreck.com once tickets become available.

“We’re just thrilled to be hosting an NCAA event for the third consecutive weekend on the Flats, and excited that the baseball team will have the chance to play at home on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament,” Tech director of athletics Dan Radakovich said. “Danny Hall’s team has played very well this season, and they should be very proud of earning the right to play at Russ Chandler Stadium this weekend.

“I encourage all Georgia Tech fans to come out and support the Yellow Jackets in what will be a great weekend of college baseball. We’ve had great fan support the last two weekends for the NCAA Softball Regional and Super Regional, and we look forward to packing the house at Russ Chandler Stadium, beginning Friday.”

Tech (35-17-1), the No. 1 seed in the Atlanta regional, opens against Colonial Athletic Association champion and No. 4 seed Georgia State (39-20) Friday at 7 p.m. ET. Friday’s other first-round matchup, scheduled for 3 p.m., pits No. 2 seed Elon (40-16) of the Southern Conference against Conference USA runner-up Southern Miss (35-23), the No. 3 seed.

The regional continues Saturday with games slated for 3 p.m. (loser’s bracket) and 7 p.m. (winner’s bracket). Sunday’s game times are also at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., the latter of which is the first possible championship game. If a second championship game is necessary, it will be played Monday at 7 p.m.

The winner of the Atlanta Regional will be matched up with the champion of the Gainesville Regional, hosted by Florida and also featuring Miami, Jacksonville and Bethune-Cookman, in an NCAA Super Regional, scheduled for June 5-7 or 6-8 at a campus site to be determined.

Georgia Tech has earned its 23rd NCAA bid in the last 25 years and is making its 25th NCAA appearance overall, posting a 52-44 record in NCAA play. The Jackets won regionals in 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006, advancing to the College World Series in 1994, 2002 and 2006.

Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium, which was rebuilt in 2002 and now seats 4,157, is hosting an NCAA regional for the ninth time since 1987. Tech has hosted a total of 13 NCAA baseball events, including Super Regionals in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern)
Subject to Change by Television

Friday, May 29
Game 2 – No. 2 seed Elon vs. No. 3 seed Southern Miss, 3 p.m.
Game 1 – No. 1 seed Georgia Tech vs. No. 4 seed Georgia State, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 30
Game 3 – Loser, Game 1 vs. Loser, Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 4 – Winner, Game 1 vs. Winner, Game 2, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 31
Game 5 – Winner, Game 3 vs. Loser, Game 4, 3 p.m.
Game 6 – Winner, Game 4 vs. Winner, Game 5, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 1 (If necessary)
Game 7 – Winner, Game 6 vs. Loser, Game 6, 7 p.m.

TICKETS
Tournament Book, Reserved Chairback Seat – $72
Tournament Book, Reserved Bench Seat – $60
Single Game, Reserved Chairback – $12
Single Game, Reserved Bench – $10
Single Game, Student – $6

Tournament books only will be available for advance purchase beginning later this week. Fans may purchase tournament books at www.Ramblinwreck.com or by calling the Georgia Tech Ticket Office (1.888.TECH.TIX). Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the Georgia Tech Ticket Office on Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or at the Russ Chandler Stadium will-call window (Gate 3, Third Base Side) Friday beginning at 1 p.m.

Single-game tickets, if still available, can only be purchased on the day of the game at the Russ Chandler Stadium ticket booth (cash only). Single-game tickets for both Friday games will go on sale beginning at 1 p.m. For all other sessions, single-game tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to each game.

RECOMMENDED PARKING
Georgia Tech Campus Parking Map – Parking for the NCAA Atlanta Regional is available in the following areas:

Klaus Parking Deck (located across the street to third base ticket window)
Peters Parking Deck (Fowler Street at Fourth Street)
Coliseum Lot (next to Alexander Memorial Coliseum on 10th Street)
Along Fowler, Sixth and Eighth Streets.

DIRECTIONS to RUSS CHANDLER STADIUM
Russ Chandler Stadium is located at the intersection of Fowler Street and Fifth Street/Ferst Drive on Georgia Tech’s campus.

From North of Atlanta, I-75 Corridor:
Take the Northside Drive exit and turn right (onto Northside Drive). Travel 1.4 miles and turn left onto 10th Street. Proceed 0.8 miles to Fowler Street and turn right. Follow ¼ mile to Fifth Street and turn right — the baseball field is on the corner.

From North of Atlanta, I-85 Corridor:
Take the North Avenue exit and turn right (onto North Avenue). At the next light (Techwood Drive) turn right and follow to the second traffic light (Fifth Street). Turn left onto Fifth Street and go down the hill — the baseball field is on the right.

From South of Atlanta/Airport/Downtown:
Take the 10th Street exit and turn left. Proceed to Fowler Street and turn left. Follow ¼ mile to Fifth Street and turn right — the baseball field is on the corner.

From East or West of Atlanta:
Take I-20 East or West to Atlanta and take I-75/I-85 North. Take the 10th Street exit and turn left. Proceed to Fowler Street and turn left. Follow ¼ mile to Fifth Street and turn right — the baseball field is on the corner.

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