May 22, 2000

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame baseball team has been selected to participate in the 2000 NCAA Baseball Championship and will open tournament play on Friday, May 26, versus Tulane in the four-team Starkville (Miss.) Regional.

Third-seeded Notre Dame (43-16) will face the second-seeded Green Wave (37-20-1) in a 2:00 p.m. (central) game at Dudy Noble Field/Polk Dement Stadium.

The top seed and host team Mississippi State (38-17) then will face fourth-seeded South Alabama (27-31) in a 6:00 p.m. night game.

The winner of the Starkville Regional will advance to the super-regional round (June 2-4, with sites TBA), which will feature a best 2-of-3 series versus the winner of the Clemson Regional.

In addition to the top-seeded Tigers, the Clemson Regional includes Old Dominion, Illinois and Middle Tennessee State.

The eight super-regional winners then will compete in the College World Series, June 9-17 in Omaha, Neb.

The remainder of the double-elimination format is listed below:

Game 1 Notre Dame vs. Tulane May 26 2:00 p.m.
Game 2 South Alabama vs. Mississippi State May 26 6:00 p.m.
Game 3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 May 27 11:00 a.m.
Game 4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 May 27 3:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 May 27 7:00 p.m.
Game 6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 May 28 1:30 p.m.
*Game 7 Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 May 28 5:00 p.m.

* If necessary

The Irish are making their 15th all-time trip to the NCAAs and sixth in the last nine seasons. Further information on Notre Dame baseball and the Starkville Regional is forthcoming.