Alabama Baseball Goes To NCAA Tournament

The University of Alabama baseball team is headed back to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships, as the No. 3 seed at the Conway (S.C.) Regional, hosted by Coastal Carolina later this week.

Alabama (34-26) will open play against No. 2 seed East Carolina (40-19), who finished fifth in the Conference USA regular season standings.

No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina (47-12), which earned the automatic bid with the Big South Conference championship, will play No. 4 seed Columbia (22-28), the Ivy League champions.

"I am very happy," Alabama Coach Jim Wells said. "We have been playing well, and now we need to get our pitching in order, which will do, and hopefully put together one good weekend.

"We will get to work this afternoon and get (Austin) Hyatt ready to go in game one. We will start gathering information on the other teams and get ready to play."

Alabama is one of nine Southeastern Conference teams to make the 2008 NCAA Regionals. The SEC also put nine teams in the tournament in 2004 and 2005.

The Crimson Tide played 11 teams that made the NCAA Tournament and posted 15 wins against the field

Alabama will face the East Carolina Pirates on Friday at 6 p.m. (CDT). Coastal Carolina and Columbia will play the opener on Friday at Noon (CDT).

The complete schedule:


Game 1 - 1 p.m. Columbia vs. Coastal Carolina

Game 2 - 7 p.m. ALABAMA vs. East Carolina


Game 3 - 1 p.m. Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 4 - 7 p.m. Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2


Game 5 - 1 p.m. Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Game 6 - 7 p.m. Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

Monday, June 2

Game 7 - 1 p.m. Repeat of Game 6 (IF NECESSARY)

Tickets are available through the Coastal Carolina ticket office at 877-424-2687 (tickets are not available online). The public sale for all-session passes begins Tuesday at 7am EST. Ticket prices are:

Reserved All-Session - $70

General Admission Left Field - $65

General Admission Right Field - $60

Single game tickets will be available beginning Thursday at 7am EST. Reserved tickets are $15 and General Admission tickets are $10.

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