May 22, 2000
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.