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The Wright State baseball team is headed to Louisville, Kentucky, for the NCAA Regionals and will take on Ohio State in its opening game at 2 p.m. on Friday at Jim Patterson Field.
The Raiders (44-15) are making their second straight appearance in the regionals, sixth in Division I and 13th NCAA appearance overall in program history. WSU is also the no. 3 seed for the second consecutive year.
Ohio State (43-18-1) won four games in two days to claim the Big Ten Tournament title, winning over Michigan and then Michigan State twice before rallying from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Iowa in the title game 8-7. Wright State and the Buckeyes have met 40 times previously, with OSU hosting a 22-17-1 advantage. The two teams, though, have not played each other since Ohio State won 13-4 in Columbus on April 21, 2004.
The two teams have four common opponents in 2016 in Toledo (OSU 2-0-1, WSU 3-1), Xavier (OSU 1-0, WSU 2-0), Cincinnati (OSU 1-0, WSU 2-0) and Eastern Michigan (OSU 1-0, WSU 2-0).
Wright State and Ohio State are joined by regional No. 1 seed Louisville (47-12) and No. 4 seed Western Michigan (22-32), who will play at 6 p.m. Friday. The Raiders are 8-6 all-time against the Cardinals, including a 9-1 Louisville win on March 16, and are 1-0 versus Western Michigan, with the lone meeting being an 8-2 WSU home win on May 9, 2003.
In 2015, Wright State was the runner-up at the Champaign (Ill.) Regional. The Raiders dropped a 13-7 decision to Notre Dame in the opening game before eliminating Ohio 8-3 and Notre Dame 4-0 to advance to the finals. WSU then fell to host Illinois 8-4 in the finals.
In its first Division I regional appearance, Wright State went 1-2 in 1994 in Knoxville, Tenn., defeating North Carolina State 14-12 before falling to Arizona State 7-4 and North Carolina State 10-6. In 2006 in Corvallis, Ore., the Raiders dropped a 5-3 decision to eventual national champion Oregon State and lost 5-3 to Oregon. In 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas, the Raiders fell 6-3 to TCU and 6-4 in 11 innings to Texas A&M, while in 2011 in College Station, Texas, WSU fell 11-0 to Texas A&M and 13-0 to Arizona.
All-session tickets for the 2016 NCAA Regional in Louisville can be purchased online here. Tickets will also be available for purchase by phone (502-GO-CARDS) or in person through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. All-session tickets for the four-team, double-elimination regional are $70 for reserved chairback seats and $45 for college students (with ID).
Fans are encouraged to purchase and pick up tickets in advance or print their tickets at home to avoid long will call lines on game day. Tickets can be picked up at the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located at Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. No tickets will be mailed. Single session tickets, including reserved chairback and general admission berm seating, will go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 2 online at GoCards.com or at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Ticket Office. Tickets will also be available at Jim Patterson Stadium starting at noon on Friday, June 3.
The winner of the Louisville regional will move on to a Super Regional next week against the winner of the Nashville Regional, which consists of Vanderbilt, Washington, UC Santa Barbara and Xavier. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the winner advancing to the eight-team College World Series, scheduled for June 18-29 in Omaha, Neb.