The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team received some great news on Monday. It was announced nationally on ESPNU that the Tide had earned the number two seed in the Tallahassee Regional. The NCAA Division Baseball Committee announced the 64 team NCAA Tournament field on May 27.
Alabama isn’t a stranger to the Tallahassee Regional. The Tide’s last appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 also carried them to the campus of Florida State for post season competition.
The Crimson Tide will join Troy, Florida State, and Savannah State in Tallahassee. Alabama (34-26) will face in state rival and No. 3 seed Troy (40-18) on Friday, May 31 at 11am CDT. Florida State will take on No. 4 seed Savannah State on Friday at 4pm CDT.
The winner of the Tallahassee Regional will play the winner of the Bloomington Regional, which features Indiana, Austin Peay, Florida and Valparaiso, in the Super Regionals next week.
This year’s appearance in an NCAA Regional marks the Tide’s fifth appearance in the last six years and their fifteenth in the last eighteen years. Mitch Gaspard is making his fourth overall appearance in a NCAA Regional, including three in the past four years as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Gaspard led Northwestern State (La.) to a regional in 2005.
Alabama will join eight other SEC schools in the NCAA Tournament. This ties the all-time record for Southeastern Conference schools in NCAA Regionals. All of the eligible teams except for Auburn and Kentucky made the 64-team NCAA field. Vanderbilt was rewarded with the No. 2 overall seed and SEC Tournament Champion LSU was the No. 4 seed nationally.
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