MONDAY, MAY 29, 2006
Baseball selected to Athens Regional as No. 3 seed

May 29, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

* NCAA Regional Information

* 64 Team Bracket

After a few tense moments, the JU baseball team will continue their dream season after earning an at-large bid to the 2006 NCAA Baseball Tournament as the No. 3 seed at the Athens Regional. The Dolphins will face Florida State (42-19) on Friday at 3 p.m. at Foley Field, while No. 1 seed Georgia (41-19) takes on No. 4 Sacred Heart (26-28) at 7 p.m. JU is making its third postseason appearance in the last six years (2001, 2003).

"This was a goal of ours since the season started and its exciting to see us get rewarded for our hard work," said JU head coach Terry Alexander, who was named Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Dolphins to their first A-Sun regular-season title. "I'm proud of this team and I know we will give everything we have to keep this season going."

JU (42-17) is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its seventh under head coach Terry Alexander, who is in his 16th season at the helm of the Dolphin program. The Dolphins will be making their first trip to Athens, Ga., after making three-consecutive trips to Tallahassee for the postseason. The Dolphins are one of a five schools from the state of Florida in the field, joining Bethune-Cookman, FSU, Miami and Stetson. JU, who won the A-Sun regular season crown with a 23-7 record, finished with 40 wins for the eighth time in program history and the fifth time under Alexander. The Dolphins received votes in two of the four major polls after reaching 40 wins for the first time since 1999. JU finished third in the nation with a 18-4 road record and is 43rd in the nation with a .056 Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

The Dolphins tallied four A-Sun sweeps in 2006 (at North Florida, at Florida Atlantic, at Kennesaw State, at Lipscomb) for the first time since 2001 and won eight consecutive conference matchups for the first time since joining the A-Sun in 1998. The Dolphins also earned season sweeps over South Florida (first time since 1997) and Georgia Southern (for the first time since 1999) to go along with their first season series win over Gardner-Webb in program history. JU also went 8-1 against teams from the northeast with wins over Ohio State, UConn, Penn State, Wagner and Harvard.

For ticket information to the regional site in Athens, call Carter Henderson at (904) 256-7407.