Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Super Regional Schedule Set

The eight super-regional hosts were announced today by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.
A minimum of 45 hours of super-regional television will be provided by family of ESPN channels, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Consult local listings for specific games shown in each area of the country. As many as 15 national broadcast windows could appear on the three ESPN networks from June 6-9.
2008 marks only the fourth time (1999, 2001, and 2005) that all eight national seeds survived the regionals and advance to the super regionals since the bracket expanded in 1999. Also, Fresno State became only the second No. 4 seed to win a regional. The only other No. 4 seed to advance to the super regionals was Missouri in 2006, when the Tigers won the Pepperdine Regional.
The following four super regionals will be played Friday, June 6, Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8 (if necessary). The national seed is indicated before the team name, while updated records through the regionals are in parenthesis.
-more-GAMES BEGIN FRIDAY, JUNE 6 – All Times are EasternNorth Carolina State (41-20) at No. 8 Georgia (39-22-1)Noon (ESPN), Noon (ESPN2), 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Wichita State (47-15) at No. 4 Florida State (52-11)2 p.m. (ESPN2), Noon (ESPN2), 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Arizona (41-17) at No. 1 Miami (Florida) (50-8)7 p.m. (ESPN), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Stanford (37-22-2) at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton (41-20)10:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)The following four best-of-three super regionals will be played Saturday, June 7, Sunday, June 8, and Monday, June 9 (if necessary). GAMES BEGIN SATURDAY, JUNE 7 - All times are EasternCoastal Carolina (50-12) at No. 2 North Carolina (at Cary, N.C.) (49-12)Noon (ESPNU), 1 p.m. (ESPN), 12:30 p.m./7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
Texas A&M (46-17) at No. 6 Rice (45-13)3 p.m. (ESPNU), 7 p.m. (ESPN2), 12:30 p.m./7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)
UC Irvine (41-16) at No. 7 LSU (46-16-1)6 p.m. (ESPNU), 4 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Fresno State (40-28) at No. 3 Arizona State (48-11)9 p.m. (ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
The determination of the order of first-round games both Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, will be announced Monday, June 9. The ESPN family of networks and http://www.ncaa.com/ will release the MCWS game dates and times as soon as they are available.
The 62nd College World Series begins play Saturday, June 14, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

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