For the first time in program history, K-State and Manhattan will serve as one of 16 national sites for the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship as the Big 12 Champion Wildcats were selected Sunday to host the 2013 Manhattan Regional beginning Friday at Tointon Family Stadium.
K-State will be joined by three other teams in the Manhattan Regional as two games will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday. If necessary, a second championship game would be played Monday.
The complete 64-team bracket, top-eight national seeds and game times for each regional will be announced at 11 a.m., Monday during the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Selection Show on ESPNU.
“I am very proud of this team and what they have accomplished this year,” said head coach Brad Hill. “I am extremely happy that we are able to bring a NCAA Regional to the K-State and Manhattan communities. We have worked extremely hard to have the opportunity to reward our great fan base, alumni and university by hosting a regional. There are so many former players and coaches that have laid the foundation for this day to become a reality, especially Mike Clark. We are very appreciative of John Currie and his staff for their support and efforts in assisting us host our first NCAA Regional. Our team is looking forward to using the momentum we have produced leading into the NCAA tournament and representing Kansas State well by playing with the resiliency and competitive spirit we’ve shown all season long.”
K-State enters regional play with a 41-17 overall record after finishing with a 16-8 mark in conference action. The Wildcats are ranked in every major college baseball poll, including a No. 15 spot in Baseball America. The regular-season conference championship in 2013 was the first for the Wildcats in 80 years, while they made the biggest jump in the preseason poll by a conference champion in league history.
The tournament is conducted in a double-elimination format. By NCAA policy, each game is considered its own session requiring a separate ticket. The stadium is required to be cleared between each game (session).
2013 MANHATTAN REGIONAL GAMES
Game One: Friday (5/31) - No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed
Game Two: Friday (5/31) - No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed
Game Three: Saturday (6/1) - Game One loser vs. Game Two loser
Game Four: Saturday (6/1) - Game One winner vs. Game Two winner
Game Five: Sunday (6/2) - Game Three winner vs. Game Four loser
Game Six: Sunday (6/2) - Game Four winner vs. Game Five winner
Game Seven (if necessary): Monday (6/3) - Game Four winner vs. Game Six winner
2013 NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS
Manhattan, Kan. – K-State
Baton Rouge, La. – LSU
Blacksburg, Va. – Virginia TechBloomington, Ind. – Indiana
Chapel Hill, N.C. – North Carolina
Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia
Corvallis, Ore. – Oregon State
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina
Eugene, Ore. – Oregon
Fullerton, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, Calif. – UCLA
Louisville, Ky. – Louisville
Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt
Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina State
Starkville, Miss. – Mississippi State
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State