The Wait is Over: Memphis Selected as No. 3 Seed In Nashville Regional
May 28, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Thirteen years (to the day) after its last NCAA Regional victory in 1994, the 2007 Memphis Tiger baseball team ended the postseason drought when it was selected as the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional today. Memphis, who received an at-large bid after finishing the C-USA Tournament with a 36-25 mark, will take on No. 2 Michigan in the opening contest at 2 p.m. on Fri., June 1.
No. 1 national seed Vanderbilt will host the Regional. The Commodores with face annual Tiger foe Austin Peay, who earned the No. 4 seed.
The Tigers have been grouped with three conference champions as Vanderbilt (SEC) and Austin Peay (OVC) garnered both regular season and conference crowns. Michigan took home the Big Ten regular season title, but was bounced from the league's postseason tournament after two games.
Memphis has never met Michigan on the baseball diamond, but has a history with both Vanderbilt and Austin Peay. The Tigers hold an 18-26 all-time record against the Commodores. However, the two schools have not met since 2001, when Vandy defeated Memphis 10-6 in Nashville. Between 1992 and 2001 the Tigers and Commodores battled it out every year except 1998.
Austin Peay is the most familiar opponent for Memphis in the Regional tournament. The Tigers and Govs have met twice a year for each of the last five seasons. Memphis holds a 27-18 advantage in the all-time series and swept the home-and-home series this season, defeating the Governors 4-3 and 13-7 in consecutive nights.
Memphis is 8-8 all-time in four post season appearances. The Tigers fell a game short of the Regional title game in 1994, and just innings shy of the College World Series in 1978. The then-Memphis State baseball team made the program's inaugural NCAA Regional showing in 1976.
On this day 13 years ago, a talented Memphis club posted it last two post season victories. The U of M found itself in the elimination stage of the tournament. Staring at a matchup with the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Tigers erupted for nine runs in the seventh inning and Collins Day struck out seven to send Memphis to a 12-4 victory. Jeff Hopkin's crew then jumped out to a 5-0 lead and put things away with a six-run seventh to eliminate Northwestern State 14-9.
Tickets for the NCAA Regional hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville are on sale through the Vanderbilt ticket office. To purchase tickets, fans are asked to call 615-322-GOLD (4653) or go online to www.vucommodores.com and click on "Purchase Regional Tickets - Ticket Info." From there, click on "NCAA Regional Package." Fans will then have the option to purchase regional ticket packages for rightfield/first base bleachers ($35 each) or leftfield bleachers ($25 each). Please be sure to note Vanderbilt's Will Call information. Single game walk-up tickets ($12 each) may also be available for Friday's game vs. Michigan. Future single game tickets will depend upon the opponent.