For the first time in 11 years, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team was selected to participate as the No. 6 seed in the eight-team NCAA South Regional on Sunday night during the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament selection show at the Shelby Center on the UAH campus.
The regional, scheduled for May 17-21, will be hosted by top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Tampa at the University of Tampa Baseball Field in Tampa, Fla. The Chargers were awarded their fifth-ever berth into the NCAA Division II Baseball Tournament, as the field of 48 was announced on the NCAA.com selection show. UAH carries a record of 6-8 all-time in the tournament.
The Chargers (31-22) will open regional play on Thursday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. ET at the UT Baseball Field against third-seeded Lynn (34-13). UAH and Lynn will be meeting for the second time this season, after the Fighting Knights swept the Chargers in a four-game series earlier this year. The programs competing in the NCAA South Regional, along with their respective seedings, are listed below:
2. Delta State
4. West Florida
5. Nova Southeastern
7. North Alabama
In just his third season as head baseball coach, Hunter Royer has quickly changed the direction of a UAH program that hadn't reached the 30-win mark since the 2004 season. After starting the 2012 campaign with a 2-10 mark, the Chargers have gone an impressive 29-12, and recently concluded play in the GSC Tournament where the team reached the championship game.
This year's squad carries an overall record of 31-22 – the most victories in a single season since 2004 when UAH finished with 36 wins. In addition, the Chargers finished in a tie for second in the conference standings with a record of 15-9.
The winner of the NCAA South Regional will play the winner of the NCAA South Central Regional, which includes Central Missouri, St. Mary's (TX), Angelo State, Southern Arkansas, Texas A&M-Kingsville and St. Edward's in the NCAA Division College World Series in Cary, N.C. on May 26-June 2. The World Series will be hosted at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.