Austin Peay State University's baseball team received the first No. 2 seed in program history and was awarded the opportunity to face Southeastern Conference stalwart Florida in a noon (CT), Friday contest as part of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship's Bloomington Regional.
The Bloomington Regional will be hosted by Indiana which will face No. 4 seed Valparaiso in the opening day's nightcap. All games of the regional can be seen online via ESPN3.
Austin Peay (45-13) will take the a 15-game win streak – the nation's longest active win streak – into the NCAA Tournament. The Govs qualified courtesy the Ohio Valley Conference's automatic bid after winning the OVC Tournament, Saturday. It is the first time under the current format an OVC team has received a No. 2 seed.
Florida (29-28) was one of nine Southeastern Conference teams selected to the 64-team field. The Gators are 4-5 in their last nine games, including an SEC Tournament opening-round loss to Texas A&M.
Indiana (43-14) won both the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Hoosiers have won five of their last six, the lone loss coming to Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament championship round. Indiana avenged that loss the next day to win the crown.
Valparaiso (31-26) has won its last seven outings entering the tournament, including a 3-0 mark in the Horizon League Tournament. The Crusaders finished second in the Horizon League regular-season race, behind a Milwaukee squad they swept in the regular season and downed in the tournament.
Austin Peay has faced each of its three regional opponents previously. The Govs are 2-3 all time against Florida, last winning the opening game of a three-game series in 2002. Austin Peay has an 0-6 mark against host Indiana with the team's last meeting in 2008. Valparaiso is the most recognizable of the three teams Austin Peay was paired with – the two teams facing off 22 times and the Govs holding a 17-5 edge in the series.
2013 NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
BLOOMINGTON REGIONAL · BART KAUFMAN FIELD · BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA
Friday, May 31
Game 1: No. 2 Austin Peay vs. No. 3 Florida, Noon (CT)
Game 2: No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Valparaiso, 6 p.m. (CT)
Saturday, June 1
Game 3: Losers of Games 1 & 2, 1 p.m. (CT)
Game 4: Winners of Game 1 & 2, 5 p.m. (CT)
Sunday, June 2
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, Noon (CT)
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m. (CT)
Monday, June 3
Game 7: If necessary, same teams as in Game 6, 6 p.m. (CT)