Sunday, the Alabama baseball team learned that it would be a host team for the NCAA Tournament, and Monday afternoon during the selection show, the Crimson Tide found out their seeding and who they would be hosting.
The Crimson Tide were awarded the No. 16 overall seed and will be hosting Troy, Boston College and Nicholls State in Tuscaloosa this weekend.
Friday, Alabama begins its first-round matchup against the Southland Conference tournament champions Nicholls State, while Troy and Boston College will face off against each other in the other game of the Tuscaloosa regional. The NCAA regionals format is double elimination between the four teams in the regional with the winner advancing to a super regional that is a best-of-three series with the winner punching a ticket to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Alabama has some history with one of the teams in their region: the Troy Trojans. The Crimson Tide went 2-0 against Troy this season, playing one game in Tuscaloosa and a neutral site game at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, winning both games convincingly. Boston College and Nicholls State matchups would be the first time Alabama has played either one of those teams this season.
If Alabama is able to advance out of its region, the Tide would face the winner of the Winston-Salem Regional that is being hosted by the No. 1 overall seed Wake Forest.
The 26th NCAA Tournament appearance will cap off a wild May for the Crimson Tide. After firing coach Brad Bohannon on May 4 for his involvement in gambling activity, pitching coach Jason Jackson was named interim head coach, and the Crimson Tide turned their season around, finishing with a 10-4 record under Jackson and making a deep run in the SEC Tournament and earning the No. 16 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The double-elimination tournament will begin Friday and continue through the weekend with the winner advancing to a super regional.
First up for the Tide in the Tuscaloosa Regional will be Nicholls State on Friday at 6 p.m.
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