Michigan Earns Fourth Straight Trip to NCAA Championship
May 26, 2008
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Michigan was selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Baseball Championship, the NCAA announced on Monday. The Wolverines were tabbed as one of 16 regional hosts and will welcome Arizona, Kentucky and Eastern Michigan to the Wilpon Baseball Complex home of Ray Fisher Stadium, May 30-June 2.
Michigan, the No. 2 seed in the Ann Arbor Regional, will open play against No. 3 seed Kentucky on Friday, May 30, at a time to be determined. The Wolverines could also face No. 1 seed Arizona and No. 4 seed Eastern Michigan in the double-elimination format. Michigan is hosting regional action for the first time since 1986.
The Wolverines earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship by sweeping through the Big Ten Tournament bracket to earn their eighth tournament title. Michigan entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed after winning its third consecutive and 35th overall Big Ten Championship. U-M set a conference record for wins with a 26-5 record during the Big Ten slate and also claimed the conference's Player, Pitcher and Coach of the Year awards in Nate Recknagel, Zach Putnam and Rich Maloney, respectively.
The opening weekend of the NCAA Championship features 16 four-team regionals playing double-elimination format. Regional play runs from May 30-June 2, with the 16 winners advancing to the next round of competition. The eight two-team super regional sites will be determined on Monday, June 2, with play scheduled for June 6-9 in a best-of-three series. The Men's College World Series will take place June 14-24, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.