Michigan to Represent Big Ten at 2006 NCAA Baseball Championships
May 29, 2006
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - For the second-straight season, Michigan has earned an invitation to the NCAA Baseball Championship. The Wolverines (42-19) won the Big Ten regular season title and earned the automatic NCAA bid by taking the postseason tournament championship over Minnesota thus past weekend. The 64-team field was announced Monday, with the Wolverines being the lone conference team selected.
Michigan was picked as the No. 3 seed in the Atlanta Regional and will face No. 2 seed Vanderbilt (36-25) at 3 p.m. on Friday. Georgia Tech will serve as host of the regional at its Russ Chandler Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (45-16) earned the top seed in the region and are also ranked eighth nationally. Should Michigan get past Vanderbilt, the Wolverines would most likely meet the Yellow Jackets, with a win over their first-round opponent Stetson (38-22) on Friday. The two teams would square off on Saturday.
The Wolverines are set to make their 19th NCAA Championship appearance and their first back-to-back visit since Michigan reached seven straight years from 1983-89. U-M's 19 NCAA postseason appearances rank second among all Big Ten programs to Minnesota (27 appearances).
The first weekend of NCAA Championship play features 16 four-team regionals using a double-elimination format. Regional play runs from June 2-5, with 16 winners advancing to the next round. The eight two-team super regional sites will be determined on Monday, June 5, with play set for June 9-11 in a best-of-three format. The 60th Men's College World Series takes place June 16-26, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.