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May 14, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The NCAA Baseball Tournament Committee announced today that The Ohio State University will serve as one of 16 the host institutions for the first round of the NCAA Tournament beginning Friday, May 25. Bill Davis Stadium will serve as the venue for the 2001 NCAA Columbus Regional. The selection automatically places the No. 24 Ohio State baseball team into the tournament and gives the team home field advantage for the first round.

“In order to host, you have to have an administration that’s willing to bid,” head coach Bob Todd said. “I’ve said all along, Andy Geiger and the Ohio State administration are willing to put in bids through the NCAA on a lot of different sports and allow their sports to host. It’s a great philosophy for this administration and I know all the coaches here are appreciative of their efforts.

“Anytime you don’t have to travel, it’s an advantage. Your players get to stay in their own beds and play in familiar surroundings. We love to play in Bill Davis Stadium. Our fans are some of the best around and I know our players love playing in front of those crowds.”

This weekend, the Buckeyes play host to the 2001 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. The tourney begins Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. when No. 3-seed Minnesota plays No. 4-seed Penn State. In the second game, No. 2-seed Purdue faces No. 5-seed Illinois at 3:35 p.m. In the night cap, No.1-seed Ohio State plays host to No. 6-seed Michigan at 7:05 p.m.