NCAA Tournament Field Announced

The 2008 NCAA Baseball Tournament Field was announced Monday and the Tar Heels -- the No. 2 overall seed -- will host a regional that also includes UNC-Wilmington, Elon and Mount St. Mary's. Play begins Friday in Cary.

LINK: 2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket

The Tar Heels (46-12) will meet the No. 4 seed Mountaineers (21-32) at 6 p.m. Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, with the No. 2 seed Seahawks (42-15-1) and No. 3 seed Phoenix (43-16) opening play at 2 p.m. Friday.

"We all expected to be in and expected to host, so it was a matter of who they'll send us," said UNC head coach Mike Fox. "We've got to go to work now because now it's about how well you play."

The Cary Regional champion will advance to face the winner of the Conway (S.C.) Regional in the Super Regional round for the right to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

A top-eight national seed for the second straight season, Carolina is making its 23rd NCAA postseason appearance and its record seventh straight. The Tar Heels are 30-18 in NCAA play under Mike Fox and are coming off back-to-back trips to the finals of the College World Series.

"Our whole body of work was recognized," Fox said. "From the first weekend of the season all the way until the end, we played hard and most of all we played fairly consistent."

UNC has never faced Mount St. Mary's and owns a 45-12 all-time record against UNCW and a 24-8 record against Elon, including a loss to the Phoenix earlier this season in Cary. The Mountaineers (Northeast Conference) and Phoenix (Southern Conference) both earned automatic bids as their league champions. The Tar Heels and Seahawks claimed at-large berths.

"I don't know very much about Mount St. Mary's, to be honest," Fox said. "I'll know a lot more by 5 p.m. today ... There won't be any secrets about anybody come Friday."

Friday, May 30

Game 1: #2 UNC Wilmington (42-15-1) vs. #3 Elon (43-16), 2 p.m.
Game 2: #1 North Carolina (46-12) vs. #4 Mount St. Mary's (21-32), 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 31
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 1
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 5 p.m.
Monday, June 2
Game 7: 1 p.m. - IF NECESSARY (If Game 5 winner also wins Game 6)

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