UMBC not blue about Carolina site

Retrievers avoid top seeds with placement in regional

College Baseball

May 22, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

No one will mistake Wilson, N.C., for the popular tourist destination the UMBC baseball team would have liked for its games in the NCAA tournament, but excitement still filled a campus conference room yesterday as the pairings were announced.

The Retrievers (31-18-2) will go to Wilson this weekend to play East Carolina, the No. 7 seed overall in the tournament. UMBC, the low seed in the regional, earned its spot in the tournament by winning the Northeast Conference championship on May 6 in Atlantic City.

For the school's first NCAA appearance since 1992, the Retrievers hoped to play in Los Angeles (hosted by Southern California), New Orleans (Tulane) or Miami (Miami), but instead got a better opportunity to advance to the Super Regionals next weekend.

Since the NCAA selection committee did not match UMBC against one of the top three seeds, the team was optimistic about its chances to win a game or two.

"We're going to go there thinking about winning," said Chad Gerben (Old Mill), a second baseman who was one of the team's top players. "We're in a bracket where we could be very competitive and could get out of that regional."

Wilson, N.C., regional

(Double elimination)


Game 1 - East Carolina (44-11) vs. UMBC (31-18-2), 7 p.m.

Game 2 - Winthrop (46-14-1) vs. South Florida (32-29), 3 p.m.


Game 3 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11:30 a.m.

Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 7 p.m.


Game 6 - Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.

Game 7 - Repeat of Game 6, if necessary

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