May 24, 2009
ATLANTA – The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee announced the regional sites for the 63rd annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, and Georgia Tech is one of 16 schools selected to host a regional in 2009.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to host a regional this season,” head coach Danny Hall said from home Sunday afternoon. “I want to congratulate our players on earning that for our team, and I’m looking forward to having a lot of Georgia Tech fans out at Russ Chandler Stadium this weekend.”
Russ Chandler Stadium, home of the Yellow Jacket baseball team in 1985, as been the site of eight previous NCAA Regional tournaments (1987, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006).
The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records, are as follows: Arizona State (43-12 through Saturday, May 23), Tempe, Ariz.; UC Irvine (42-13 through Saturday, May 23), Irvine, Calif.; Cal State Fullerton (41-14 through Saturday, May 23), Fullerton, Calif.; Clemson (40-19), Clemson, S.C.; East Carolina (42-17), Greenville, N.C.; Florida (39-20), Gainesville, Fla.; Florida St. (42-15 through Saturday, May 23), Tallahassee, Fla.; Georgia Tech (35-17-1), Atlanta; LSU (45-16 through Saturday, May 23), Baton Rouge, La.; Louisville (44-15), Louisville, Ky.; Mississippi (40-17), Oxford, Miss.; North Carolina (42-16), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Oklahoma (41-18), Norman, Okla.; Rice (39-15), Houston; Texas (40-13-1 through Saturday, May 23), Austin, Texas; TCU (36-16), Fort Worth, Texas.
By virtue of being awarded a regional, all 16 host institutions have also been selected to the 64-team field. Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and TCU have made the field as at-large selections.
Arizona State (Pacific-10), UC Irvine (Big West), Florida St. (Atlantic Coast), Louisville (Big East) and Rice (Conference USA) have clinched automatic berths by virtue of winning their conference tournament championships. Florida State will be either the automatic qualifier from the Atlantic Coast Conference with a win in the conference championship or as an at-large qualifier. LSU and Texas are in the same situation as they will be the automatic selection for the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences respectively, or an at-large qualifier depending on the outcome of the Southeastern and Big 12 Conference championships this afternoon.
Each regional field features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1.
The remaining at-large teams, top-eight national seeds, first-round regional pairings and site assignments will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, May 25, during a live, half-hour program on ESPN. The committee will set the entire 64-team bracket through both the super regionals and the first round of the Men’s College World Series, and will not reseed the field after play begins. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.ncaa.com, Monday, June 1 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET). Thirty Division I conferences receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 34 at-large selections. The 63rd Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 13, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.
Information on how to purchase tickets will be available on Ramblinwreck.com Monday after the 12:30 p.m. NCAA Selection Show.
OTHER REGIONAL SITE SELECTION INFORMATION
Atlantic Coast 4 (Clemson, Florida St., Georgia Tech, North Carolina)
Southeastern 3 (Florida, LSU, Mississippi)
Big 12 2 (Oklahoma, Texas)
Big West 2 (UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton)
Conference USA 2 (East Carolina, Rice)
Pacific-10 1 (Arizona State)
Big East 1 (Louisville)
Mountain West 1 (TCU)