Illinois Baseball Set to Host Regional for First Time in Program History

CHAMPAIGN (via - For the first time in program history, the University of Illinois baseball team will host an NCAA Regional at Illinois Field. The Fighting Illini were selected by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee as one of 16 teams to hold the national championship tournament's opening round at their home venue.

Illinois Field will welcome in three additional NCAA Tournament teams for a four-team, double-elimination competition. The winner qualifies for one of eight Super Regionals and takes one step closer to the College World Series in Omaha. Regional play begins on Friday, May 29 and runs through Monday, June 1 (if necessary). All NCAA Regional action will be broadcast by the ESPN family of networks.

Illinois won the Big Ten regular season championship, marking the 30th conference title in school history. The Fighting Illini will make their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and third in the past five years.

The 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show, with regional pairings, will be revealed in a live, one-hour telecast on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT, Monday, May 25. The entire 64-team field, including teams coming to the Champaign Regional, will be announced at that time.

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