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NCAA Baseball Tournament: Western Michigan grouped in Louisville Regional

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26-year drought of not having an NCAA Tournament appearance is over.

After winning their first-ever MAC Championship, the Western Michigan Broncos (22-32) have been placed in the Louisville Regional for the NCAA Tournament Regionals round. The 16 regions include four teams each, and each Regional winner moves on to the Super Regionals.

WMU is the lowest-seeded MAC Tournament team to ever claim its title. 26 years without an NCAA Tournament appearance ended after the 7-seed Broncos beat 1-seed Kent State in a 12-7 contest. This, all after starting off the season with a 1-12 record.

The only other team in the NCAA Tournament with a sub-.500 record is Utah (25-27).

WMU and the No. 2 nationally-seeded team will follow Wright State and Ohio State at 6 p.m. on Friday. The losers of both of Friday's games will meet Saturday at noon for an elimination matchup with the winners to follow. Game 5 will have another elimination matchup, including the survivor of Game 3's matchup against Saturday night's loser, then the winner of that game will have to continue playing that night against whoever is 2-0 in that region. If Game 5's winner can rally two wins in one day, the if-necessary Game 7 is slated for Monday at 6 p.m.

All of this can be watched on ESPN3.