Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SUPER CONFUSING: WHAT’S NEXT?

As previously mentioned, four ACC are among the 16 still alive in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Florida State and Virginia open Super Regional play on Friday, while North Carolina and Clemson get back into action on Saturday.

Florida State (45-16) will host Arkansas (37-22) in a best-of-three series, beginning Friday (June 5) at noon, while Virginia (46-12-1) opens a best-of-three series at Mississippi (43-18) at 2 p.m. Those series will continue Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary).

No. 4 national seed North Carolina (45-16) opens a best-of-three set at home against East Carolina (46-18) at noon on Saturday (June 6). Clemson (44-20) opens a best-of-three series at No. 5 national seed Arizona State (47-12) Saturday at 9 pm. Easterm Time. Both of those series will continue Sunday, and Monday (if necessary).

Eight Super Regionals will be played in all (see schedule below), with the eight winners advancing to the College World Series at Omaha, Neb., June 13-24. The ACC placed three teams in the CWS in 2008 and sent a league-record four teams in 2006.

A minimum of 45 hours of Super Regional television will be provided by family of ESPN channels, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Consult local listings for specific games shown in each area of the country. As many as 15 national broadcast windows could appear on the three ESPN networks from June 5-8.

The following four super regionals will be played Friday, June 5, Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7 (if necessary). The national seed is indicated before the team name, while updated records through the regionals are in parenthesis.


GAMES BEGIN FRIDAY, JUNE 5 – All Times are Eastern
Arkansas (37-22) at FLORIDA STATE (45-16)Noon (ESPN), Noon (ESPN2), Noon (ESPN)

VIRGINIA (46-12-1) at Mississippi (43-18)2 p.m. (ESPN2), Noon (ESPN2), 3 p.m. (ESPN)
The following four best-of-three super regionals will be played Saturday, June 6, Sunday, June 7, and Monday, June 8 (if necessary).

GAMES BEGIN SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - All times are Eastern
CLEMSON (44-20) at No. 5 Arizona State (47-12)9 p.m. (ESPNU), 10 p.m. (ESPN2), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

East Carolina (46-18) at No. 4 NORTH CAROLINA (45-16)Noon (ESPNU), Noon (ESPN), 1/7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

The determination of the Men’s College World Series order of first-round games both Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, will be announced Monday, June 8. The ESPN family of networks and www.ncaa.com will release the MCWS game dates and times as soon as they are available.

The 63rd College World Series begins play Saturday, June 13, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

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