Dawg to host NCAA Regional

ATHENS - NCAA Baseball Regional action will be returning to Foley Field as the ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs were selected as one of the 16 host sites for the 60th annual Division I Baseball Championship, the NCAA announced Sunday.

The remaining at-large teams, top-eight national seeds, first-round regional pairings and site assignments will be announced at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, May 29, during a live, half-hour program on ESPN. The committee will set the entire 64-team bracket through both the super regionals and the first round of the Men's College World Series, and will not reseed the field after play begins. Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on www.ncaasports.com, Monday, June 5 at approximately Midnight (ET).

Currently, the Bulldogs have a record of 41-19 including 17-3 in their last 20 games. Georgia finished second in the SEC Eastern Division and third overall in the league and then reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. The action at Foley Field begins with two games Friday, the first one tentatively set for 3 p.m. and then Georgia will play in the 7 p.m. game. The Bulldogs won a thrilling NCAA Baseball Regional in Athens in 2001 and again in 2004 on their way to the College World Series. This will be the third time that Georgia plays host to an NCAA Baseball Regional. The Bulldogs will be making their seventh appearance in an NCAA Regional, and the Bulldogs have advanced to the College World Series four times (1987, 1990, 2001, 2004) including winning the national championship in 1990.

"Certainly, we're very pleased to be chosen to host an NCAA Regional again, and it's part of a reward for having a great season up to this point," said Georgia coach David Perno who will be taking his third team to an NCAA Regional in his five years at the helm. "I'm very proud of the team, and I know they are looking forward to playing at home for the regional, and I hope are fans are excited too."

The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records through Saturday, May 27, are as follows: Alabama (41-19), Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Arkansas (38-19), Fayetteville, Ark.; Cal St. Fullerton (41-13), Fullerton, Calif.; Clemson (46-14), Clemson, S.C.; Georgia (41-19), Athens, Ga.; Georgia Tech (45-16), Atlanta; Kentucky (42-15), Lexington, Ky.; Mississippi (39-20), Oxford, Miss.; Nebraska (42-14), Lincoln, Neb.; North Carolina (45-13), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Oklahoma (40-19), Norman, Okla.; Oregon St. (39-13), Corvallis, Oregon; Pepperdine (39-19), Malibu, Calif.; Rice (49-10), Houston; Texas (40-19), Austin, Texas; and Virginia (46-13), Charlottesville, Va.

By virtue of being awarded a regional, nine of the host institutions also have been selected as at-large teams to the 64-team field. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia, have made the field as at-large selections. Clemson, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pepperdine, Rice, would clinch automatic berths by winning their conference tournament championship, which are scheduled for Sunday afternoon. A loss in those tournament championship games makes them an at-large selection. Cal St. Fullerton and Oregon St. already have clinched automatic berths by virtue of winning the Big West Conference and Pacific-10 Conference, respectively. Each regional field features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, June 2, to Monday, June 5.

Thirty Division I conferences receive an automatic berth in the field of 64, along with 34 at-large selections. The 60th Men's College World Series begins play Friday, June 16, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

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