Baseball to Face TCU in Fort Worth, TX, on Friday

Baseball to Face TCU in Fort Worth, TX, on Friday

Following its fifth Northeast Conference championship on Sunday, Central Connecticut earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 6 overall seed TCU in Fort Worth, TX, in the NCAA Baseball Regionals. Central, 36-20 on the season, is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2010. Virginia and Dallas Baptist University will meet in the other regional contest.



The Blue Devils and Horned Frogs (42-16) will play on Friday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. The game will be available on ESPN3. The Cavaliers (42-14) and the Patriots (40-19) will play at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. The regionals are a double-elimination format.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows (all times Eastern):

Game 1 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU
Game 2 at 9 p.m. on ESPN3
Game 1 at 3 p.m. on ESPN3
Game 2 at 8 p.m. on ESPN3
Game 1 at 4 p.m. on ESPN3
Game 2 at 9 p.m. on ESPN3
Game 1: at 7 p.m. on ESPN3

CCSU's 36 wins are its most since winning a school-record 41 in 2004 under head coach Charlie Hickey. The Blue Devils have won more than 30 games in a season seven times under Hickey. In his 18th season at the helm of CCSU, Hickey won his 500th game at Central with Sunday's win in the NEC Championship game. 

The Blue Devils are making their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance overall and their first since 2010. They also won conference titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The Blue Devils went to Norwich, CT, for the 2010 regionals. In 2002, CCSU traveled to the University of Texas, 2003 to Arizona State and to Oklahoma City in 2004.