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Baseball Readies for 2016 NCAA Gainesville Regional

Jim Penders and the Huskies will make their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons

May 31, 2016

UConn Game Notes | NCAA Tournament Central | Bracket

STORRS, Conn. -
For the 19th time in program history, the UConn baseball team opens play in the NCAA Championship when it heads to the campus of the University of Florida to take part in the Gainesville Regional on June 3-6 at McKethan Stadium. The third-seeded Huskies open regional play against No. 2 seed Georgia Tech on Friday, June 3 at 1 p.m. on ESPN3 with radio coverage on, 91.7 FM.

The winner of Friday's tilt between the Huskies and Yellow Jackets advances to play the winner of No.1 Florida/No. 4 Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m., while the loser heads to an elimination game on Saturday at noon. NCAA opening regionals serve as four-team, double-elimination tournaments with winners advancing to play in a Super Region best-of-three series. The winner of the Gainesville Regional will advance to play the winner of the Tallahassee, Fla. Regional in Super Regional Action.

UConn, which will makes its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons, earned a berth into the national event after securing an automatic bid from winning the American Athletic Conference Championship on May 29 in Clearwater, Fla. The conference tournament crown was the fourth in program history and the second under 13th-year head coach Jim Penders.

Connecticut owns a 28-37 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play, including a 6-7 mark under Penders. The program is making its first appearance in the event since 2013.

UConn sports a 1-6 all-time mark against Georgia Tech in a series that dates back to 1994. The Huskies are 2-6 against Florida after opening the series in 1968 and have never squared off against Bethune-Cookman in the program's 120-year history. 

The Huskies have won eight of their nine neutral-site games in 2016 and are 22-9 on neutral diamonds since joining The American prior to the 2016 season. Additionally, the team has emerged victorious in 30 of 35 games where it has out-hit its opponent.

Since April 10, UConn has won 24 of 32 games. Over the stretch, the Huskies have outscored opponents, 167-91, and have held teams to two or fewer runs on 16 occasions.

Fans can keep up with the Huskies by following the team on Twitter (@UConnBaseball) and by using the hashtag #HookC for the 2016 campaign.

Beginning Tuesday, May 31, at 1:00 p.m., all fans can order tickets using the following methods: 

• Order online at, starting Tuesday, May 31, at 1:00 p.m. 
• Order by calling one of the Ticket Office Specialists at (352) 375-4683, option 2, or toll free (800) 344-2867, option 2, Tuesday through Friday. 
• Order by visiting the Gator Ticket Office, located at Gate 1 of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Tuesday through Friday. 

Single-game tickets for a potential NCAA Gainesville Regional will be sold beginning on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. ET. 

Ticket prices are the following: 
$55 - Regional Books Tournament Reserved Box  
$50 - Tournament Reserved Chairback 
$30 - Tournament Reserved Bleacher
$10 - Single-Game Tickets Single-Game Reserved Box 
$9 - Single-Game Reserved Chairback 
$9 - Single-Game Reserved Bleacher 
$6 - Single-Game General Admission