UWA Gets Invite to NCAA Regional

The 13th-ranked University of West Alabama baseball team has received an at-large bid to the 2008 NCAA Division II South Central Regional May 15-18 in Cleveland, Miss. at Dave “Boo” Ferriss Field. #3 seed UWA will face #4 seed Abilene Christian at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 15.

This marks the sixth berth in an NCAA Regional for UWA (45-11) and the first since 2006. The Tigers, which have tied the school record for wins at 45, are 8-7 in their five previous appearances.

Delta State, the Gulf South Conference Tournament Champion, earned the automatic bid and are the top seed and tournament host. Southern Arkansas is the second seed with Abilene Christian as the fourth. 2007 top seed Ouachita Baptist is the fifth seed with Texas A&M at Kingsville, who received an automatic bid as winners of the Lone Star Conference, rounding out the field for the South Central Region.

The winner of the NCAA South Central Region Tournament will advance to the NCAA Division II College World Series May 24-31 at GCS Park in Sauget, Ill. GCS Park is home to the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies. The park is located just outside the St. Louis, Mo., metropolitan area.

Tickets for the upcoming NCAA South Central Regional Baseball Tournament hosted by Delta State are on sale now through the DSU Athletics box office. Only All-Tournament passes will be pre-sold. The All Tournament Package is $25 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. Championship game tickets are $10 and $8 respectively. For more information, contact the DSU Athletic Department at 662-846-4300.

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