Mercer Heads to Atlanta for NCAA Regional Play
MACON, Ga. – Two days removed from capturing its first A-Sun Baseball Championship in 27 years, the Mercer baseball team learned it will be heading north to Atlanta for NCAA Regional play starting on Friday night. The Bears join #8 Georgia Tech, Alabama and Elon at the regional site for games from June 4-7.
The double-elimination regional begins Friday at 3 p.m. when No. 2 seed Alabama plays No. 3 seed Elon. No. 1 seed Georgia Tech plays No. 4 seed Mercer Friday at 7 p.m. The losers of Friday's games will play Saturday at 3 p.m. and the winners of Friday's games will square off Saturday at 7 p.m.
The winner of the Atlanta Regional will be one of the 16 teams to advance to the Super Regionals, which will ultimately determine the eight-team field for the College World Series.
“Great day for the baseball program and for the university to see Mercer up on ESPN in front of all our fans and administration,” head coach Craig Gibson said. “Georgia Tech is a great club and they will be playing at home, but we will look to compete up there this weekend and be ready to play starting on Friday night.”
The Bears' A-Sun Championship is their fourth in school history and first since 1983. With the win, Mercer will be in the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in program history.
Georgia Tech (45-13) was one of 16 NCAA Baseball Tournament regional sites chosen by the NCAA. Russ Chandler Stadium will host a regional for the eighth time in the last 11 years and Georgia Tech will be making its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 26 years.
Alabama (37-22) made the tournament by way of finishing as the runner-up in the SEC Championship. The Bears are 6-18-1 versus the Crimson Tide , who are making their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 21st all-time.
Elon (38-22) made the tournament with an at-large bid after losing in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Baseball Championship this past weekend. The Phoenix will be making their fifth all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Mercer and Elon have never met in baseball.
Tickets for this weekend’s games will go on sale beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, June 1) morning for All-Session books. Individual session tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 3. Prices are as follows: Adult, Full Tournament Book, chairback - $72; Adult/Child/Student, Full Tournament Book, reserved bench - $60; Adult, Single Game, chairback - $12; Adult, Single Game, reserved bench - $10; Child/Student, Single Game (reserved only) - $6.
Tickets will be available by phone by calling (404) 894-5447 or (888) TECH-TIX, or on-line at www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Georgia Tech ticket office.
All of MU's games from the NCAA Atlanta Regional will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1670 AM. Airtime for Friday's game versus Georgia Tech will be at 6:45 p.m., with Rick Cameron and Bobby Pope calling the action.