Louisville hosts St Louis in NCAA first round

The University of Louisville baseball team earned the No. 7 national seed in the 2010 NCAA Championship and the Cardinals will host No. 4 regional seed Saint Louis on Friday at 6 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium in the first round of the Louisville Regional.

Joining the Cardinals (48-12) and Billikens (33-27) at the Louisville Regional will be No. 2 seed Vanderbilt (41-17) and No. 3 seed Illinois State (31-22), which will play on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. The winner of Friday's first round games will play on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, while the two losing team's will play an elimination game on Saturday at noon.

The winner of Saturday's elimination game will play the losing team from Saturday's winner's bracket game in an elimination game on Sunday at noon, with the winner advancing to play the winner of Saturday's winner's bracket game on Sunday at 4 p.m. If needed, the two teams from Sunday's second game will return for the final game of the Louisville Regional on Monday at 6 p.m. Gates at Jim Patterson Stadium will open one hour prior to the start of the first game each day of the Louisville Regional.

"I'm proud of the guys. A national seed is a great accomplishment," McDonnell said. "To be one of the eight national seeds shows it has been a great year to this point, but we have to keep it simple. We have to focus on Saint Louis. The message this morning was get ready to have a great week of practice - get mentally right, get physically right and get fundamentally right. We are ready to get back to the drawing board and get ready for this weekend."

It is the first time Louisville has earned one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship. It also marks the second straight year the Louisville baseball program will host an NCAA Regional and the third time it has hosted NCAA post-season games. Last year, the Cardinals won their first NCAA Regional at home with a title game triumph over Vanderbilt, while in 2007, Louisville advanced to the College World Series with an NCAA Super Regional win over Oklahoma State at Jim Patterson Stadium.

All session tickets for the four-team, double-elimination regional are $90 for reserved chairback seats, $66 for reserved bleacher seats, $54 for berm and standing room tickets, and $42 for U of L students.

Orders will be accepted via fax throughout the week by downloading the ticket order form from www.UofLsports.com and sending the completed form to 502-852-0968. The form may also be provided in person at the U of L Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Phone orders will not be accepted.

All ticket orders placed via fax will be sent an e-mail purchase confirmation. It is imperative that you provide your e-mail address on the order form. U of L only accepts Visa, MasterCard or cash as payment. No checks will be accepted. Cardinal Athletic Fund members who place their orders by 5 p.m., ET on Monday, May 31 will receive priority status.

Louisville enters its fourth straight NCAA Regional as the BIG EAST Conference regular season champion with a 48-12 record overall. The Cardinals enter the NCAA Championship having already surpassed the previous school record for wins of 47 first set during the 2007 College World Series season and matched during last year's NCAA Super Regional season. Louisville has not played Saint Louis since the 2005 season, when the Cardinals won two of three from the Billikens on the road. Overall, Louisville holds a 30-17 advantage in the all-time series with SLU and the two schools played regularly as members of Conference USA from 1996 to 2005.

Saint Louis is making its fourth NCAA appearance overall and its first since 2006 by earning the Atlantic 10 Conference's automatic bid after winning four games in a row at last week's A-10 Championship in Camden, N.J. In all, SLU has won seven straight and broke the single-season wins record with a 5-4, conference-clinching victory against top-seeded Charlotte May 29.

Vanderbilt earned an at-large bid into and will visit Jim Patterson Stadium for an NCAA Regional for the second straight season. The Commodores, which earned an 11-10 win in 17 innings against Louisville on May 11 in Nashville, Tenn., are making their fifth straight NCAA appearance. Most recently, they went 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament last week in Hoover, Ala., with a win over Arkansas and losses to LSU and Florida.

Illinois State is making its third NCAA appearance overall and its first since 1994 after earning a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and sweeping through its three MVC Tournament games to earn the league's automatic bid.

All of Louisville's NCAA Championship games will be aired on KOOL 1570 AM in Louisville and online through CardsTV at www.UofLSports.com.

2010 NCAA Regional Schedule
Jim Patterson Stadium - Louisville, Ky.
(All times are tentative)

Friday, June 4
2 p.m. ET - Game 1: No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 3 Illinois State
6 p.m. ET - Game 2: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Saint Louis

Saturday, June 5
12 p.m. ET - Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
4 p.m. ET - Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

Sunday, June 6
12 p.m. ET - Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
4 p.m. ET - Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5

Monday, June 7
6 p.m. ET - Game 7: Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6 (if necessary)

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