The Cardinals (41-19), will play the YellowJackets in the second game on Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Foley Field, after top-seed, host and SEC Regular season champion Georgia (35-21-1) opens with fourth seed and Atlantic Sun Champion Lipscomb (33-24) at 3:00 p.m.
The Athens Regional will feature two games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and if the championship is not decided on Sunday, the if-necessary title game will be played on Monday, June 2.
The Athens Regional winner is matched up with the Raleigh (N.C) Regional winner, a field that includes host N.C. State, South Carolina, Charlotte and James Madison. The NCAA Super Regionals are set for June 6-9 and those eight winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., from June 14-25.
Tournament books as well as single game ticket prices are the following: A Reserved tournament book will be $60; a General Admission tournament book will be $50. Single game ticket prices are $12 for Reserved, $10 for General Admission. Tournament books can be purchased on-line via UGA's web site at www.georgiadogs.com. Also, tickets can be purchased at the UGA ticket office, located on the third floor of the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall Building. Fans purchasing tournament books on-line can pick those tickets up at the Butts-Mehre Building through Friday at noon, and then all tournament books and tickets will be available at the will call window at Foley Field beginning at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals have not lost three straight games all season long and have only lost consecutive games four times. They enter the Regional winning seven of their last eight, 17 of 20 and are 25-6 in their last 31. Louisville captured the 2008 BIG EAST Championship with a perfect 4-0 record.
Head Coach Dan McDonnell is 88-43 in two seasons with the Cardinals, posting the two winningest seasons in school history.
UofL has posted the second most wins in school history, despite returning just two starters from the everyday lineup on last season's College World Series team.
In 25 team categories ranked by the NCAA, the Cardinals are in the top 100 in 22, in the top 70 in 16 and in the top 50 in nine. In the 34 individual categories ranked by the NCAA, the Cardinals have 22 players ranked in the top 100.
Seven Louisville players were named to the All-BIG EAST teams, including three first-team selections and conference Co-Player of the Year Chris Dominguez. Dominguez was named tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Josh Richmond, Justin McClanahan and Justin Marks.
Dominguez, who batted .318 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 11 NCAA Postseason games last year, is hitting .369 with 67 runs, 13 doubles, 20 home runs and 74 RBI. He is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.
Marks, defending BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, is 9-1 with a 2.21 ERA, (ranked 18th nationally), fanning 85 in 85.2 innings while opposing batters hit just .215 against the lefty.
Senior closer B.J. Rosenberg has nine saves and 62 strikeouts in 53.0 innings. He has posted a 2.15 ERA in 20 bullpen appearances.
Last season the Cardinals were victorious as a three-seed in the Columbia Regional and advanced to the 2007 CWS after defeating Oklahoma State in the Louisville Super Regional. This marks the third time UofL has advanced to the regionals. The 2002 Cardinals were the first team to advance to a regional, playing in Atlanta and falling to Georgia 7-1 and Coastal Carolina 9-1.
All postseason games will be carried live in Louisville on Sportsradio 1450 AM WAVG.
*2008 NCAA Baseball Athens Regional Tentative Schedule
Friday, May 30
Game 1: Lipscomb vs. GEORGIA, 3 p.m. ET
Game 2: Georgia Tech vs. Louisville, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 31
Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 3 p.m. ET
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Loser of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 3, 2 p.m. ET
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 6 p.m. ET
*Monday, June 2 (*If Necessary)
Game 7: Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6, 7 p.m. ET
*Will know later in the week if any games will be televised.