The 64-team field for the 2012 NCAA Baseball Championship was released Monday, and the Virginia baseball team will open the tournament Friday when it plays host to Army at Davenport Field in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional. The Cavaliers are the top seed in the regional, which is set for Friday through Monday (June 1-4).
Oklahoma, Appalachian State and Army join UVa to comprise the four-team field. Following the UVa-Army contest Friday, Oklahoma and Appalachian State will take the field. Game times will be announced later today.
The losing teams from Friday will play in an elimination game Saturday, while the winners will battle in the second game Saturday. The second elimination game will be contested at Sunday, with the championship game slated next on Sunday. If necessary, a second championship game will be played at Monday.
The winner of the Charlottesville Regional will advance to play the champion of the Columbia Regional in an NCAA Super Regional June 8-11. The Columbia Regional consists of host and No. 8 national seed South Carolina, Clemson, Coastal Carolina and Manhattan.
2012 NCAA Charlottesville Regional Schedule
Friday, June 1
Game 1 - No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Army
Game 2 - No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Appalachian State
Saturday, June 2
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Sunday, June 3
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 6 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4
Monday, June 4
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)
Virginia (38-17-1, 18-12 ACC) earned a host site and the Charlottesville Regional's top seed after finishing fourth overall in the ACC. UVa will be competing in its ninth-consecutive NCAA tournament and is one of 10 schools to play in each of the last nine tournaments. This is Virginia's 12th NCAA appearance. UVa will serve as a regional host site for the sixth time in nine years, including third straight seasons (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012).
No. 2 seed Oklahoma (38-22, 13-10 Big 12) was the Big 12 runner-up after falling to Missouri, 8-7, in the league championship game on Sunday. Max White leads the team with a .356 batting average as well as 54 RBI; he was one of five Sooners on the All-Big 12 team. The Sooners are batting .269 as a team, have a 3.35 team ERA and own a .969 fielding percentage. OU is making its second trip to Charlottesville in the last three years; the Sooners won the 2010 Charlottesville Super Regional, two games to one.
No. 3 seed Appalachian State (39-16, 21-9 Southern Conference) won the SoCon regular-season championship and is making its first NCAA appearance since 1986. The Mountaineers own an impressive .305 team batting average, highlighted by Tyler Tewell at .375. Daniel Kassouf owns a team-high 17 home runs to go with a .345 batting average. The Mountaineers, who own a road series win over LSU this year, have a 4.16 team ERA and a .970 fielding percentage.
No. 4 seed Army (41-13, 18-2 Patriot League) earned its bid to the tournament with an 8-4 win over Holy Cross Tuesday in the third and deciding game of the league championship series. The Black Knights won their fourth conference championship in the last nine years. Kevin McKague leads the squad with a .389 batting average, 16 doubles and 44 RBI, while Harold Earls is batting .347. Army is batting .290 as a team and owns a strong 3.20 team ERA as well as a stellar .974 fielding percentage.
Virginia holds a 2-2-1 all-time record against Army but has not faced the Black Knights since 1913. Virginia is 2-2 all-time against Oklahoma and has never played Appalachian State.