May 27, 2012
NCAA Regional Host Announcement
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Already selected as one of the 16 NCAA Regional hosts, Purdue baseball finds out who the other three teams at the Gary Regional will be Monday at noon. Boilermaker fans are invited to join the team for an NCAA Tournament selection show gathering beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Kissell Center on campus.
The complete 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be unveiled live on ESPNU beginning at noon. The Kissell Center is located on the east side of Ross-Ade Stadium across John R. Wooden Drive from Mackey Arena and the Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center. The selection show gathering is open to the public.
Sunday, the NCAA announced Purdue was selected as a Regional host at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary. The four-team Regional will be held June 1-4 at the home of the Gary Southshore RailCats, an independent professional team that is a member of the American Association.
Tickets will be on sale through the RailCats ticket office beginning Tuesday. Walk-up ticket sales on each day of the Regional will also be available. More information about tickets will be released Tuesday morning. U.S. Steel Yard features 6,000 chair back seats. A grass berm and party deck in the outfield are used for general admission seating.
As the Big Ten regular season and tournament champion, Purdue is expected to be the No. 1 seed of the four teams at the Gary Regional. The Boilermakers will most likely play at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT Friday evening against the No. 4 seed. The No. 2 and 3 seeds are expected to play at 3 p.m. CT Friday afternoon.
An NCAA Regional features a double elimination format. The schedule calls for two games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tentative game times are set for 3 and 7 p.m. CT daily. If necessary, a seventh and final game would be played Monday at 7 p.m. CT. Saturday's action features day one winners and losers squaring off.
Any live television coverage of the Gary Regional will be announced later this week.
Purdue is the fifth Big Ten baseball program to host an NCAA Regional. Michigan (six times, most recently 2008), Michigan State (1979), Minnesota (1977 and 2000) and Ohio State (1999, 2001 and 2003 Super Regional) have done so previously. Nebraska also hosted a Regional on multiple occasions before joining the Big Ten.
The winners of the 16 NCAA Regionals advance to the Super Regionals. The eight Super Regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha. The eight national seeds receive the first opportunities to host Super Regionals. If a national seed does not win its Regional, the NCAA selects a Super Regional host from the Regional winners that are paired in adjacent brackets.
The NCAA has specific requirements for a home stadium to be able to host a Regional. Lambert Field, which hosted its 48th and final season of Purdue baseball this year, did not meet some of those requirements. Loeb Stadium in Lafayette also did not meet NCAA requirements.
Purdue will be playing in the Big Ten Tournament for the second time in program history. The 1987 Boilers competed in an NCAA Regional hosted by Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.