Louisville bound to Tucson for NCAA

The BIG EAST Conference champion Louisville baseball team earned an at-large berth into the 2012 NCAA Championship and will open against New Mexico State in the Tucson Regional.

The BIG EAST Conference champion Louisville baseball team earned an at-large berth into the 2012 NCAA Championship and will open against New Mexico State in the Tucson Regional.

The No. 3 seeded Cardinals (39-20) and No. 2 Aggies (35-22) are scheduled to open the regional on Friday at 7 p.m., EDT (4 p.m., MST) at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. Top-seeded Arizona (38-17) and No. 4 Missouri (32-26) will complete the opening day of action at 11 p.m., EDT (8 p.m., MST) on ESPNU.

Game times for the Tucson Regional are scheduled for 7 p.m., and 11 p.m., EDT on Saturday and Saturday, while Monday's if necessary second championship game is set for 11 p.m., EDT. The Friday, Saturday and if necessary second championship game on Monday will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the Sunday games will be streamed live on ESPN3.com.

Live play-by-play of all of the Louisville baseball team's NCAA Championship action can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) in Louisville as well as through CardsTV on UofLsports.com.

All-session general admission tickets are currently on sale to the general public through www.arizonawildcats.com. General admission public sales will be available over the phone and in-person at the McKale Ticket Office beginning Tuesday, May 29 at 9 a.m., MST. Single-session tickets will go on sale later in the week. Exact on-sale time and date is to be announced by Arizona.

The Cardinals are making their fifth NCAA Regional appearance in six seasons under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell (256-126 in six seasons) and their sixth overall. Louisville won its third BIG EAST Conference regular season championship in four years in 2012 finishing with an 18-9 league record. U of L also earned at-large bids to the NCAA Championship 2002, 2007 and 2010, while earning the BIG EAST's automatic berth in 2008 and 2009.

New Mexico State earned a share of the WAC regular season championship with an 11-7 league record before going 0-2 in last week's WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz. The Aggies are making their third NCAA Regional appearance all-time and their first since 2003.

Arizona enters the NCAA Championship after winning a share of the Pac-12 title with a 20-10 league record. Along with their first league title since 1992, the Wildcats are hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time since that same season in 1992. Overall, Arizona is making its 34th NCAA Championship appearance.

Missouri advanced to the NCAA Championship after winning the Big 12 Tournament title on Sunday in Oklahoma City. The Tigers entered the event as the No. 6 seed after finishing with a 10-14 league record. Overall, this will be Missouri's 23rd NCAA Championship appearance.


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