Purdue, Michigan State Make NCAA Plans

After winning the Big Ten’s regular season and then winning the school’s first Big Ten tournament championship, Purdue’s baseball team now knows what they’ll be doing as a No. 1 regional seed in the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament. Michigan State landed in the field of 64, too.

The Boilermakers will play Valparaiso in the first round on Friday and they’ll be hosting the NCAA regional in Gary, Indiana. Kent State and Kentucky are the other two teams in that regional. Our friends at Purduesports.com have plenty of baseball coverage that includes live game blogs for each Purdue game. Scouting report on Valparaiso: They haven’t been to the tourney in 44 years.

Purdue is ranked No. 15 in the NCBWA poll and No. 16 in the Coaches Poll.

The No. 3 regional seeded Spartans will play No. 2 seed Pepperdine on Friday in the NCAA regional in Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford and Fresno State are the other two teams in that regional. There’s much more at MSUSpartans.com.

The full 2012 tourney bracket is at NCAA.com.

An NCAA Regional features a double elimination format – here’s a good list of all of them. The opening weekend of the NCAA Championship features 16 four-team Regionals in a double-elimination format. Regional play runs from June 1-4 with the 16 winners advancing to Super Regionals. The eight two-team Super Regional sites will be determined on Monday, June 4, with play scheduled for June 8-10 or June 9-11 in best-of-three series. The Men’s College World Series will take place June 15-26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

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Dave Shalda on 5/28/2012 @ 1:19pm EST Said:

Go MSU and that comes from a true blue mich fan….

Eric R Erbaugh on 5/28/2012 @ 8:18pm EST Said:

Any plans by BTN to broadcast any of the Gary Regional games? I see ESPN is not broadcasting any of the Gary Regional games.

    BTN.com staff on 5/29/2012 @ 12:13pm EST Said:

    If we find out anything, we’ll have a post on it here on BTN.com.

Matt (@VectorVictor99) on 5/29/2012 @ 10:48am EST Said:

Glad to see the B1G get two teams into the NCAA Tournament! Can’t wait to cheer Sparty and Purdue on to Omaha!

Now, let’s go for three teams next year and for improved support for the sport by the B1G conference as a whole!