May 28, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - In the last pairing of the final regional bracket announced on Monday afternoon, Western Carolina garnered the school's second at-large post-season bid all-time as the Catamounts were tabbed a three-seed in the Chapel Hill regional. WCU will face directional rival, East Carolina, at 2:00 pm on Friday afternoon at UNC's Boshamer Stadium.
After capturing a share of its 11th Southern Conference regular season championship all-time this season, Western (40-18) will be making its 11th NCAA tournament appearance in school history. WCU's last post-season tournament appearance was in 2003 when the Catamounts won both the SoCon regular season and tournament championship to secure the automatic bid. The only other time previous that WCU had received an at large bid was in 1994 when the Keith LeClair-led Cats won 45 games through the conference tournament and went to the Mid-East regional in Knoxville, Tenn.
In addition to Western and ECU, the host North Carolina Tar Heels and the Jacksonville Dolphins are the four teams selected to the Chapel Hill bracket for double-elimination play. It was originally announced that Wofford would be the fourth team in Chapel Hill. However, the NCAA prefers to separate conference schools so the governing body amended its previous release, flipping Jacksonville and Wofford to complete the bracket moving the Terriers to the Columbia, S.C., regional.
On the selection show, the panel cited Western's road record and wins over teams such as Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and eventual Big 10 champion Ohio State, as determining factors. WCU was also the lone team from the SoCon to reach the magical 40-win plateau this season.
Of the 64 teams admitted into the post-season tournament, Western played seven during the regular season, compiling a 7-3 overall record. The Catamounts faced the Pirates of ECU earlier this season back on March 4 in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C., falling in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off, RBI double to score a run from first base.
Tickets for the regional may be purchased as a tournament book ($40 for adult, $35 for children/students), which includes all six single session tickets, or by single session only ($10 adult reserved, $8 adult general admission; $7 child/student reserved, $5 child/student general admission). Tickets can be purchased at the UNC ticket office, located on Manning Drive, through Thursday, May 31. Tickets will be sold from the ticket tent located at Henry Stadium beginning two hours prior to the first game on Friday, June 1.
For additional ticket information, contact UNC Ticket Office at 1-800-722-HEEL or 919-962-2296 or online at Tarheelblue.com.
The Western Carolina baseball team will be part of a Catamount Sports Network (CSN) NCAA tournament radio special on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 pm on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee or online at www.WWCUFM.com. The network is also scheduled to broadcast the NCAA Regional appearance this weekend with WCU Hall of Famer, Steve White, and Daniel Hooker on the call with a 1:45 pm air time this Friday afternoon.