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NCAA Baseball Regional
Mavericks to host six-team NCAA Division II Central Regional May 17-21 in Mankato.
Minnesota State Mankato Athletic Communications News Release, 5-13-2012
Mankato, Minn. — The fifth-rated Minnesota State Mavericks (44-10), the 2012 NSIC regular-season and post-season tournament champions, have been selected to host the 2012 NCAA Division II Central Regional Tournament, according to an NCAA announcement on Sunday, May 13.
The double-elimination regional tournament, which will be held at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, is scheduled to run May 17-21. The regional champion advances to the eight-team championship finals May 26 through June 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Single-day ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
The Mavericks, who are making their seventh consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason tournament, will face a team from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in Regis University (32-21) in first round action of this year’s NCAA Division II Central Regional Thursday.
MSU will make the program's 31st appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament when it participates in the NCAA Central Regional in Mankato this week.
MSU is seeded first, Regis sixth. The other first round games include: #2 St. Cloud State (45-12) vs. #5 Winona State (29-20) and #3 Colorado Mesa (39-14) vs. #4 New Mexico Highlands (39-14). Times for the regional tournament will be announced Monday.
MSU’s 31 NCAA Tournament appearances rank only behind Florida Southern’s 39 trips to the national tournament. The Mavericks stand 46-51 overall in NCAA regional play. The Mavericks have won four regional titles - 1971, 1979, 1980, 1986 and 2010. Minnesota State has hosted six regional tournaments - 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1988.
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