COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team will compete in its 21st NCAA Tournament in school history this weekend as the No. 3 seed in the Greenville Regional. The 36-22 Buckeyes meet the No. 2 seed South Carolina Gamecocks, 33-24, at 2 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, N.C. No. 1 seed East Carolina (43-16), who earned the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, will play No. 4 seed UNC-Wilmington (37-21) at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner of these games play at 5 p.m. Saturday while the losing teams play in an elimination game at Noon Saturday. The contest vs. the Gamecocks will be televised on ESPN2 and all games will be streamed on ESPN3 and also can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN Columbus.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Live stats link can be found by going to the schedule page of Ohio State Baseball on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. The contest vs. the Gamecocks will be televised on ESPN2. Mike Couzens and Lance Cormier will have the call. All OSU games can also be heard on the radio at AM 1460 ESPN. Matt Andrews and Bob Spears will have the call. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter via @OhioState_BASE.
Tickets for the Greenville Regional are currently on sale via ECUPirates.com through the ECU Athletics Ticket Office for Pirate Club members and season ticket holders only.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, sales open for the general public. All-session ticket books are available for $90, $72 and $60 depending on seat locations, while tickets for single sessions (games) – priced at $15, $12 and $10 – will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone by calling (800) DIAL-ECU or (252) 737-4500 during normal business hours from Tuesday through Thursday following the Memorial Day Holiday.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The Buckeyes and Gamecocks are joined by regional No. 1 seed East Carolina and No. 4 seed UNC-Wilmington, who meet in the night cap of the opening day at 7 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are 3-1 all-time vs. Pirates. Ohio State holds a 3-1 all-time record vs. the Seahawks. Ohio State swept UNCW in a midweek series earlier this year in Wilmington, N.C.
The winner of the Greenville regional will move on to a Super Regional next weekend against the winner of the Fayetteville Regional, which consists of Arkansas, Oral Roberts, Dallas Baptist and Southern Miss. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the winner advancing to the eight-team College World Series, scheduled for June 16-27 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
OHIO STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Buckeyes are making their 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in three years under head coach Greg Beals. Ohio State is 43-41 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has won one national championship (1966). Two years ago, Ohio State went 1-2 at the Louisville Regional during the 2016 campaign. Ohio State defeated Wright State in its opener, but fell against top seed Louisville and the Raiders in an elimination game. The Buckeyes will be looking to make their third Super Regional in school history (1999 and 2003). This weekend marks the first time Ohio State has played a NCAA Regional in the Carolinas.