Camels open NCAA Regional play in Columbia

Camels open NCAA Regional play in Columbia

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – 2014 Big South Champion Campbell will head to Columbia, S.C. to begin NCAA Regional play, hosted by South Carolina.

The fourth-seeded Camels will open against the host No. 1 seed Gamecocks Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Joining the pair will be No. 2 seed Maryland and No. 3 seed Old Dominion, who will face off at 1 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.

The Camels are 40-19 on the season, hitting the 40-win mark for the third straight year.

Campbell won the Big South Tournament Championship for the third time in program history, also taking the crown in 1988 and 1990. The Camels will be making their second overall NCAA Tournament appearance, last making the field in 1990, when they traveled to Palo Alto, Calif.

CU took the conference title with a 9-1 win over second-seeded and host Winthrop Sunday, earning the Big South's automatic NCAA bid.

Campbell battled back with five straight wins in the tournament after falling in the team's opener Tuesday.

The Camels defeated No. 7 Charleston Southern 6-2 Thursday before taking a wild 15-11 victory Friday evening.

Campbell then defeated No. 4 High Point 3-1 and 2-1 on Saturday to earn a spot in the league's title game for the second straight season. The four game streak came after the Camels dropped their Tuesday opener 9-2 to Coastal Carolina.

Joining the Camels from the Big South will be regular season champion Liberty as the fourth seed in the Charlottesville, Va. regional.

May 30-June 2 - Columbia, S.C.

Friday, May 30
Game 1 - No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 3 Old Dominion - 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 2 - No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 4 Campbell - 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 31
Game 3 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 - TBA
Game 4 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - TBA

Sunday, June 1
Game 5 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 - TBA
Game 6 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 4 - TBA

Monday, June 2
Game 7 - If Necessary - TBA