Champaign Chosen To Host NCAA Regional

May 24, 2015
Illinois pitcher John Kravetz pitches to Michigan State in the first inning of Friday's third-round Big Ten tournament baseball game, which Illinois won, 2-0.

Illinois pitcher John Kravetz (23) pitches to Michigan State in the first inning of Friday's third-round Big Ten tournament baseball game, which Illinois won, 2-0.

The Illinois baseball team will continue postseason play at their own ballpark next weekend, hosting their first ever NCAA regional.  The Illini have been announced as one of 16 teams that will host games at Illinois Field during the national championship tournament’s opening round.

This morning at 11,  the three other teams invited for the regional will be revealed on ESPNU’s Baseball Championship Selection Show.  The entire 64-team field will be announced at that time.

The four team, double-elimination competition in Champaign will be played Friday thru Sunday, and Monday, if necessary. 

The winner of the regional qualifies for one of eight super regionals.  The College World Series in Omaha starts on June 13.

With a 47-8-and 1 record, Illinois won its 30th Big Ten championship this season, and set a conference record with a 27-game winning streak.

Story source: WILL