Baseball Earns At-Large Berth to NCAA Tournament
May 27, 2009Print-Friendly Version
The Mason baseball team earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Baseball Championships. The Patriots will play South Carolina on Friday in an opening-round contest.
The Patriots, a third seed in the Greenville, N.C., regional competition, will play the second-seeded Gamecocks at 3 p.m.
East Carolina is the host institution and the no. 1 seed in the regional, while Binghamton is the fourth seed.
Live audio for Mason’s games in the NCAA Tournament will be available on GoMason.com.
The regional site is a double-elimination four-team event. The winner moves on to a Super Regional the following weekend at a site to be determined.
The Patriots will be making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. They went to the tournament in 1985, 1988, 1992, 1993 and 2004. Mason is 1-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
At 42-12, Mason has set a school record for wins and winning percentage. After leading the nation in winning percentage for most of the season, the Patriots currently find themselves second in the nation in that category, trailing only Arizona State, which is 44-12. Only seven schools in the country have won more than Mason’s 42 games.
The Patriots are 0-6 all-time against South Carolina. The last meeting was in 2004 at Columbia, S.C., a 5-0 loss for the Patriots.
Mason is 30-43 all-time against East Carolina, but the teams have not met since ECU left the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) after the 2001 season. The Patriots and Binghamton have never met.
Mason will play either East Carolina or Binghamton on Saturday at either 2 or 6 p.m.
The 29th-ranked Mason baseball team lost to UNC-Wilmington 5-3 on May 22 and was eliminated from the CAA Tournament a game shy of the championship round. The top-seeded Patriots lost earlier in the day to Georgia State 9-3.