Michigan, Minnesota & Ohio State Receive Invitations to NCAA Championship
May 28, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State were selected to participate in the 2007 NCAA Baseball Championship, the NCAA announced on Monday. Three teams is the most the conference has sent since 2000, when Illinois, Minnesota and Penn State received tournament berths.
The Wolverines (39-16) will be making their third consecutive NCAA appearance and 20th overall, coming in as the No. 2 seed in the Nashville Regional. The regular-season Big Ten Champion, Michigan will open competition against Memphis (36-25) on Friday. No. 1 overall seed Vanderbilt (51-11) and the Commodores' Hawkins Field will serve as host of the regional, while fourth-seeded Austin Peay (39-20) rounds out the field in Nashville.
The Golden Gophers (40-16) are making their Big Ten-leading 28th NCAA appearance, entering the field as the No. 3 seed in the San Diego Regional. Minnesota will square off against second-seeded Cal State Fullerton (33-23) on Friday. San Diego (43-16), the overall eight seed in the tournament, and Tony Gwynn Stadium will host the regional, with fourth-seeded Fresno State (36-27) completing the four-team bracket.
Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State (37-22) received the conference's automatic bid and is making its first NCAA trip since 2005 as the No. 3 seed in the College Station, Texas Regional. The Buckeyes begin play on Friday against second-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette (43-15). Texas A&M (44-16) and Olsen Field will serve as host of the regional, which also includes fourth-seeded Le Moyne (34-17).
The opening weekend of the NCAA Championship features 16 four-team regionals playing double-elimination format. Regional play runs from June 1-4, with the 16 winners advancing to the next round of competition. The eight two-team super regional sites will be determined on Monday, June 4, with play scheduled for June 8-11 in a best-of-three series. The Men's College World Series will take place June 15-25, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.