Brackets Announced for NCAA Charlottesville Regional
May 30, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia baseball team opens the 2016 NCAA Baseball Championship at 1 p.m. Friday when it plays William & Mary in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. Virginia (37-20) serves as the top seed in the regional and is hosting a regional for the ninth time in the last 13 seasons.
Following the UVA-William & Mary game Friday, Bryant and East Carolina play at 6 p.m.
The losing teams from Friday will play in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the winners will battle at 6 p.m. Saturday. The second elimination game will be contested at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the championship game slated for 6 p.m. Sunday. If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 6 p.m. Monday.
All games in the regional will be broadcast online on ESPN3.
The winner of the Charlottesville Regional will advance to play the champion of the Lubbock Regional in an NCAA Super Regional June 10-13. The Lubbock Regional consists of host Texas Tech, Dallas Baptist, New Mexico and Fairfield.
2016 NCAA Charlottesville Regional Schedule
Friday, June 3
Game 1 — No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 William & Mary, 1 p.m.
Game 2 — No. 2 Bryant vs. No. 3 East Carolina, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 4
Game 3 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 — Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 5
Game 5 — Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 6
Game 7 — Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 6 p.m.
Virginia will serve as a regional host site for the ninth time in program history – all within the last 13 years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010-2014, 2016). UVA is making its 13th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament under head coach Brian O’Connor and its 16th all-time. The 2015 National Champions, Virginia is one of five schools to compete in each of the last 13 tournaments. After starting 20-14 this season, the Cavaliers went 17-6 down the stretch and won each of their final five ACC series.
No. 2 seed Bryant (47-10, 26-4 NEC) rolled to the Northeast Conference championship to earn an automatic berth in the tournament as the Bulldogs became the first NEC team to claim a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Ranked 20th nationally by Baseball America, Bryant will be making its third NCAA appearance in the last four years after serving as a No. 3 seed in 2013 (Manhattan, Kan.) and 2014 (Baton Rouge, La.). Bryant enters the NCAA Tournament with the most wins in Division I and the best run differential in the country (+4.7). The Bulldogs feature one of the nation’s potent offenses with a .324 team batting average as five starters are batting over .300 and eight regulars are hitting at least .284. UVA and Bryant have not previously met.
No. 3 seed East Carolina (34-21-1, 15-8-1 AAC) is an at-large entry in the tournament after a second-place regular-season finish in the American Athletic Conference. The Pirates and Cavaliers are familiar with one another, as ECU won two of three games in a regular-season series at Davenport Field in February. ECU is making its 28th appearance in the NCAA tournament and also appeared in the 2011 Charlottesville Regional. The Pirates’ pitching staff has been solid with a 3.99 team ERA as all three of its weekend starters own an ERA under 3.00. Freshman Dwanya Williams-Sutton leads the team in batting at .368 while ECU is hitting .287 as a team. UVA holds a 32-20 edge in the all-time series.
No. 4 seed William & Mary (29-29, 14-9 CAA) earned an automatic berth into the tournament after rallying to win the Colonial Athletic Association championship. It marks the Tribe’s fourth trip to the NCAA tournament. After losing its first game in the CAA tournament, W&M bounced back to win four straight games, including rallying from an 8-1 ninth-inning deficit against top-seeded UNC Wilmington to win in 12 innings and force a second championship game against UNCW, which the Tribe won, 14-9. UVA and W&M played on March 1 in Charlottesville, with the Cavaliers prevailing, 16-8. Charley Gould leads the team in batting at .335, while Cullen Large is hitting .328. UVA leads the all-time series with W&M, 74-29-2.
All-session Reserved ticket books are available for $60 for the Regional and $36 for a potential Super Regional. All-session General Admission ticket books are currently on sale for $45 for the regional and $24 for a potential super regional.
All seating in the grandstands, the bleachers along the first-baseline and the left- and right-field bleachers will be reserved. General admission tickets are valid for the grass hillside along the left-field line and for standing room only.
Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as it is the only way to guarantee they will be able to attend all tournament games.
Fans may purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall beginning Tuesday (May 31) at 9 a.m.
Customers ordering tickets from now until game day may pick up their tickets between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall through noon Friday or at Davenport Field Will Call on game day beginning two hours prior to the first session of the day.
If available, single-session tickets for the regional will go on sale to the public on Friday (June 3) from 9 a.m. to noon by phone and online. If available, single-session tickets will be $12 for Reserved and $8 for General Admission. Any remaining single-session tickets for a potential super regional would go on sale on Friday, June 10 at 9 a.m. and will be $16 for Reserved and $12 for General Admission.
Ticket sales at Davenport Field begin two hours prior to the first session each day and end at the top of the seventh inning on the last session each day. Fans may upgrade from General Admission to Reserved on game day, subject to availability, at the Davenport Field ticket windows for $4 per ticket.
For further information on NCAA baseball tournament tickets, please call the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 542-8821 or log on to VirginiaSports.com.
Davenport Field will seat 5,001 for postseason play.
All parking will be paid parking for the entire postseason. Parking on game day will be $5 in the University Hall, John Paul Jones Arena and McCue Center lots. Pre-paid parking permits are $15 through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office and will be valid in the University Hall parking lots.
Parking will be free throughout the tournament in the Emmet/Ivy Garage.