NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont baseball team (39-22) is heading back to the NCAA Tournament, and on Monday the Bruins received word that they will be competing in the Baton Rouge bracket hosted by LSU (43-16). Belmont, the three seed in the four-team region, will play Oregon State (38-18) in the first game of the tournament on Friday at 2:00 p.m. CT.
"I know the team is very excited," Head Coach Dave Jarvis said after the Belmont learned its destination for the 2012 NCAA Regional. "We get to draw on our experience from last year's Regional with all of our returning lettermen. I think traveling to LSU this year, a place these guys have not been before, is a big reason for the excitement."
Unlike last year's first trip to the NCAA Tournament, when the Bruins had plenty of experience against both Vanderbilt and Troy in Belmont's rich baseball history, this year's field of four contains no teams that BU has competed against in the past. Belmont has yet to play against top seed LSU, second seed Oregon State, or fourth seed Louisiana-Monroe (31-28) in the history of the program.
Belmont will play Oregon State in first round action at 2:00 p.m. CT, while LSU will take on Louisiana-Monroe on the other side of the double elimination bracket at 7:00 p.m. CT. Last season, Belmont lost its first game against Vanderbilt, before defeating Oklahoma State and Troy, and finally fell to the Commodores again in the Regional Final.
All games will be available on the Bruin Sports Network. Check back to BelmontBruins.com and follow @BelmontBaseball on Twitter for updates on the baseball team's second straight NCAA Regional Championship run.