May 21, 2001
NEW ORLEANS -- No. 5 (Baseball America) ranked Tulane was named one of eight national seeds and the No. 1 seed in the New Orleans NCAA Baseball Regional Monday as the NCAA announced the complete 64-team field and bracket for the 2001 NCAA Baseball Championships.
The Green Wave, 50-10, will face fourth-seeded Southern at 7:30 p.m. Friday in its first action at the regional. No. 2 seed Ole Miss and No. 3 Oklahoma State will open the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's games are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. while the championship game will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.
"I'm pleased for our ballclub," said Head Coach Rick Jones, who guided his team to the FedEx Conference USA Tournament Championship Sunday. "We've had an excellent season going into the tournament and we want to keep that momentum going. It's exciting to be able to host a regional at Turchin Stadium and stay home for NCAA play. I think the NCAA saw our 50 wins, the fact that we came back to win the conference tournament and our regular season title, and this seed acknowledges the year we've had so far."
Tulane's 50 wins lead the nation and is a new school record. The Green Wave claimed the Conference USA tournament and regular season championships and posted an 11-0 record against in-state competition.
Southern won the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title on its way to a 43-10 overall mark for coach Roger Cator. The Jaguars claimed a victory over intra-city neighbor LSU during the regular season.
No. 2 seed Mississippi earned an at-large bid out of the Southeastern Conference, one of eight SEC teams to make the field. The Rebels and first-year coach Mike Bianco posted a 38-21-1 record and tied their school record for most SEC wins in a season with 17.
Oklahoma State finished fifth in the Big 12 during the regular season and enter the regional with an overall record of 40-20. Tom Holliday's Cowboys are one of five Big 12 teams in the NCAA Regionals.
Tickets for the New Orleans NCAA Regional are on sale at the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office in the James W. Wilson Center or by calling 504-861-WAVE. Reserved grandstand tournament books are sold out, but reserved bleacher tickets for the entire tournament are on sale for $60 each. Single game tickets (subject to availabilty) are $15 for grandstand and $12 for bleachers. The Tulane Athletics Ticket Office has extended its hours for this week to 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.