UNC To Host Fourth Straight NCAA Regional

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - After posting a school-record eighth straight 40-win season and holding a spot in the top five of the national polls for the entire season, the University of North Carolina has been selected as one of 16 regional hosts for the 2009 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, the NCAA announced Sunday.

The Tar Heels (42-16) will host a regional for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in program history. They will find out who will join them next weekend at the newly-renovated Boshamer Stadium when the 64-team field is announced on ESPN's selection show at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Play begins Friday, May 29, and runs through Sunday, May 31. A seventh game would be played Monday, June 1, if needed.

"We are thrilled to host a regional on campus once again," said 11th-year head coach Mike Fox, who has guided the Tar Heels to three straight trips to the College World Series. "Our fans at Boshamer have been outstanding this season, and we look forward to enjoying a true home field advantage in the postseason.

"Hosting for the fourth consecutive year is a reward for the continued hard work of our players since returning to campus in the fall. They have earned the right to play at home with an outstanding regular season."

All-session tickets are available for $60 during an exclusive presale to supporters of the baseball program. Should tickets remain after the presale, they will be available to the public beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. at TarHeelBlue.com. Supporters eligible for the presale will receive an email in very near future.

A complete schedule for the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional will be announced Monday.

Fans are encouraged to park for free at the Bowles Lot, adjacent to the Smith Center, to help decrease congestion around Boshamer Stadium during the regional.

Gates will open two hours before the first game each day, and the stadium will be cleared between games per NCAA regulations.

The Tar Heels went 30-7 at Boshamer Stadium this season, including series victories over national powers Clemson, Miami and Virginia. Carolina is 9-0 at home in regional play over the past three seasons.

The 16 regional sites, with host institutions and records are as follows: Arizona State (43-12 through Saturday, May 23), Tempe, Ariz.; UC Irvine (42-13 through Saturday, May 23), Irvine, Calif.; Cal State Fullerton (41-14 through Saturday, May 23), Fullerton, Calif.; Clemson (40-19), Clemson, S.C.; East Carolina (42-17), Greenville, N.C.; Florida (39-20), Gainesville, Fla.; Florida St. (42-15 through Saturday, May 23), Tallahassee, Fla.; Georgia Tech (35-17-1), Atlanta; LSU (45-16 through Saturday, May 23), Baton Rouge, La.; Louisville (44-15), Louisville, Ky.; Mississippi (40-17), Oxford, Miss.; North Carolina (42-16), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Oklahoma (41-18), Norman, Okla.; Rice (39-15), Houston; Texas (40-13-1 through Saturday, May 23), Austin, Texas; TCU (36-16), Fort Worth, Texas.

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