TOWSON, Md. – The 2013 Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson University baseball team, which swept through the CAA Tournament in four straight games, will open play in the NCAA Tournament at the Chapel Hill Regional this weekend.
Now 29-28 on the season, the Tigers are seeded third in the regional that will be hosted by North Carolina, the number one-ranked team in the nation. The Tar Heels, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, have a 52-8 record and are the top seed. Joining Towson and UNC in the tournament field are Florida Atlantic (39-20) and Canisius (42-15).
Towson and Florida Atlantic will open regional play with a game on Friday at 12 noon at Boshamer Stadium. At 6:00 p.m.,
North Carolina faces Canisius.
Florida Atlantic earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning its first Sun Belt Conference championship.
Towson and Florida Atlantic have never played a college baseball game. The Tigers have played Canisius twice and both games. In 2004, Towson swept a doubleheader from Canisius at Schuerholz Park by scores of 11-5 and 7-0. The Tigers have played 27 games against North Carolina through the years. The Tar Heels have a 25-2 all-time record against Towson. The teams last played in 2007. On March 21, 2000, the Tigers edged the Tar Heels, 9-8. One year to the day, on March 21, 2001, Towson beat North Carolina, 4-0.
Towson was one of three CAA teams to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament. William & Mary (37-22), the CAA runner-up, is the number three seed at the Raleigh regional while North Carolina Wilmington (37-21), the 2012 CAA champion and the top seed for the CAA Tournament, is the number two seed at the Charlottesville regional.
During the 2013, the Tigers had a combined record of 7-2 against William & Mary and UNCW. The Tigers beat the Tribe two out of three times in the regular season and handed William & Mary two losses in the CAA Tournament. Towson won two of three regular season games against UNCW and then beat the Seahawks, 13-11, in the CAA Tournament.
This is the third NCAA Tournament appearance for Coach Mike Gottlieb and the Tigers. In 1988 and 1991, Towson went to the NCAA regional tournaments. In 1988, Towson lost to Miami of Fla. and South Carolina with a win over Virginia Commonwealth. In 1991, the Tigers played in a regional at Maine and lost to Mississippi State and Maine while beating Princeton.