(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) - Alabama is headed back to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Regionals at Conway, South Carolina starting Friday.
In the Conway Regional, hosted by Coastal Carolina, the Tide (34-26) will open against #2 seed East Carolina (40-19), who finished 5th in the CUSA regular season standings.
No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina (47-12), who earned the automatic bid with the Big South Conference championship, will play #4 seed Columbia (22-28), the Ivy League champions.
Alabama is one of nine SEC teams to make the 2008 NCAA Regionals. The SEC also put nine teams in the tournament in 2004 and 2005. The Crimson Tide played 11 teams that made the NCAA Tournament and posted 15 wins against the field.