By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports
The Elon Phoenix baseball team has been selected to play in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament as the number two seed in the Atlanta Regional hosted by Georgia Tech. Elon will play the third-seeded Southern Miss Golden Eagles at 3 p.m. this Friday. Top-seeded Georgia Tech will face fourth-seeded Georgia State after the Elon-Southern Miss game.
The Phoenix needed an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA tournament after losing to Georgia Southern in the title game of the Southern Conference tournament. By receiving the at-large bid, Elon makes its fourth appearance in the NCAA tournament in ten years of Division I baseball. Ranked 22nd in the polls, the team has posted a 40-16 record and won the SoCon regular season.
If Elon defeats Southern Miss this Friday, they will take on the winner of Georgia Tech-Georgia State on Saturday. If the Phoenix lose, they will play against the loser.
1. Georgia Tech (35-17-1) vs. 4. Georgia State (39-20)
2. Elon (40-16) vs. 3. Southern Miss (35-23)
Regionals – 64 teams compete in 16 regions, double elimination
Starts: Friday, May 29
Super Regionals – 16 regional-winners are narrowed down to 8 teams, best-of-three series
Starts: Friday, June 5
College World Series – 8 super regional winners fight to become the national champion, best-of-three series
Starts: Saturday, June 13
Site: Omaha, Nebraska
1. Texas (41-13-1)
2. Cal St Fullerton (42-14)
3. LSU (46-16)
4. North Carolina (42-16)
5. Arizona State (44-12)
6. UC Irvine (43-13)
7. Oklahoma (41-18)
8. Florida (39-20)
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