May 28, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vanderbilt Commodores will open NCAA Tournament play in the Raleigh Regional against Colonial Athletic Conference champ UNC-Wilmington.
The No. 2 seed Commodores (33-26) and No. 3 seed Seahawks (38-21) open the Regional at 1 p.m. CT on Friday afternoon on the campus of host North Carolina State. The top-seeded Wolfpack (39-17) play Sacred Heart (25-30) Friday night at 6 p.m. CT.
Vanderbilt advances to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight season and eighth in Head Coach Tim Corbin's 10 seasons at the helm. The Commodores advanced to the school's first-ever College World Series last season and own a 27-21 mark in 10 all-time appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last week at the Southeastern Conference Tournament the Dores played their way into the championship game for the second straight year before losing to Mississippi State on Sunday. Vanderbilt went 4-1 while in Hoover, Ala. beating Georgia, No. 4 South Carolina and No. 2 Florida twice.
After a 7-15 start to the season, including 0-4 in the SEC, Vandy rebounded to place fifth in the league going 16-14. The Commodores finished the season on an incredible run going 20-7 down the stretch, including a nine-game winning streak that saw eight wins over ranked opponents.
The Seahawks, coached by Mark Scalf, enter the NCAA Tournament after winning the CAA Tournament on Saturday with a 10-8 victory over Delaware. UNC-Wilmington is in the Tournament for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2008.
North Carolina State hosts the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history and first since 2008. Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher and Freshman of the Year Carlos Rodon leads the Wolfpack. Sacred Heart is in the field of 64 after winning the school's second straight Northeast Conference Tournament championship with a 5-1 win over Monmouth on Saturday.
Vanderbilt's ticket office will be open from 1-4 p.m. on Memorial Day. National Commodore Club members will have the first priority and ticket availability will be extremely limited for the NCAA Regional. For best results, contact the ticket office at 615-322-GOLD (4653). Placing a reservation does not guarantee tickets.