By Edythe Bradley
The Albany State University baseball team is one of 48 teams that will participate in the 2010 NCAA Division II Baseball Championships. The Golden Rams will play in the South Region Baseball Tournament May 13-17 at the University of Tampa (Fla.)
The Golden Rams (33-14) enter the double-tournament as a No. 8 seed and will play top-seeded University of Southern Arkansas (43-8) on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the UT Spartans baseball field. Game 2 will feature No. 2 Tampa (42-8) and No. 7 Florida Tech University (38-14) at 1:15 p.m. The winners of games one and two will play Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Albany State received an automatic qualification into the 2010 championships after defeating Benedict College, 5-3, to clinch the SIAC championship title in April. The regional championship game is Monday, May 17, at 11 a.m. Regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 22-29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The finals will be hosted by Mount Olive College and the town of Cary, North Carolina.
Ticket prices for the South Region tournament are $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students with ID.
The University of Tampa will provide live stats throughout the regional tournament. For more information about the NCAA Division II championships, log onto www.ncaasports.com.
Meanhile, the Albany State University Lady Rams are headed to Valdosta to make their fourth appearance in the NCAA Division II Softball Region Tournament. The double-elimination tournament, hosted by Valdosta State University, is May 14-16. VSU will host one of two South Region tournaments.
The Lady Rams, who recently captured their fourth Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) softball title, enter the tournament as a No. 4 seed and No. 8 overall in the South Region. Albany State (38-23) will face No. 1 Valdosta State (42-6) on Friday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. University of West Florida, ranked number two, will face third-seed Palm Beach Atlantic University (34-11) at 4 p.m. The winners of both games will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and the losers will play at 4 p.m.
Last season, the NCAA split the regional tournaments into two host sites for each region, with the winner of the two sites participating in a three-game super regional series the following weekend. Alabama-Huntsville (39-10) will host the other South Region tournament, with #2 Rollins College (44-4), #3 University of Arkansas-Monticello (50-10) and fourth-seed Nova Southeastern University (45-15).
The Lady Rams advanced to the regional tournament by defeating the Fort Valley State University Wildcats, 5-3, and claiming the SIAC championship title.
“We are ready for the competition and we are always excited about competing at this level. We have worked very hard and played very hard this year,” head coach Robert Skinner said. “It is an honor to not only represent Albany State, but the SIAC as well in the tournament.”
Tickets per day are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students with valid identification, and $2 for youths age 3-11. Tickets will go on sale at the gate one hour previous to the first game of the day. For more ticket information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (229) 333-7328.
Lady Rams fans can view live stats of the game by logging onto www.vstateblazers.com at gametime.