CMU baseball headed to South Bend regional, will face Notre Dame in first game


Central Michigan will see a familiar face in round one of the NCAA Tournament. 

The Chippewas are headed to Frank Eck Stadium as part of the South Bend regional. Their first matchup will be a rematch with Notre Dame, who knocked off the Chippewas 8-4 on April 13. The Chippewas and Fighting Irish will play at 1 p.m. Friday on ESPN3. 

Michigan and Connecticut fill out the region and play at 7 p.m. Friday. The winners of the respective games will face off, with the losers doing the same. The regional follows a double elimination format, meaning that each team is guaranteed two opportunities. 

Notre Dame is ranked as the 10th overall seed. The winner of the South Bend regional will head to the super regional, taking on the winner of the Starkville regional. The winner of the super regional, a three-game series, will earn a bid to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. 

CMU is 12-23-1 all-time against the Fighting Irish. The Chippewas are 32-48-2 against the Wolverines and 0-2 against Connecticut.