WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The William and Mary baseball team earned an at-large selection to the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon, and will face the University of Mississippi in its first game in the North Carolina State Regional. Friday’s contest marks the third NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and the first at-large bid ever. Both the 1983 (ECAC South) and 2001 (CAA) teams won automatic bids. The regional field is rounded out by the host Wolfpack and Binghamton.
“Obviously, we are really excited to have the chance to continue our season,” stated first-year head coach Jamie Pinzino. “I am extremely proud of every player in our program, they deserve this moment as they have bought into the program since day one. This is a great step for William and Mary baseball and hopefully a sign of things to come in Williamsburg for years to come.”
In 2013 so far, the Green and Gold has posted a record of 37-22 and tied the program-record for victories in a season originally set back in 2004. The Tribe's 17-10 league mark earned them the No. 2 seed in last weekend's CAA tournament, and was the most conference wins ever in school history. W&M won two games in the conference playoffs, one a 20-19 thriller over James Madison as well as a well-fought 12-4 victory over Northeastern, and advanced to the CAA Championship game.
The Tribe will open play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Mississippi on Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Dail Park in Raleigh, N.C. Fans can view the action online at ESPN3.com, and listen on TribeAthletics.com as they have all season long.
N.C. State Regional – Raleigh, N.C.
#1 North Carolina State (44-14)
#2 Ole Miss (37-22)
#3 William and Mary (37-22)
#4 Binghamton (30-23)
Game 1: Friday, May 31
#2 Ole Miss vs. William and Mary, 2 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Game 2: Friday, May 31
#1 N.C. State vs. #4 Binghamton, 7 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Game 3: Saturday, June 1
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Game 4: Saturday, June 1
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Game 5: Sunday, June 2
Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Game 6: Sunday, June 2
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Game 7 (if necessary): Monday, June 3
Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 7 p.m. (ESPN 3)
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