INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- After compiling 41 wins and finishing second in the Big Ten Conference, the University of Michigan baseball team received an at-large berth in the 2019 NCAA Division I Championship on Monday (May 27) when the 64-team NCAA field was announced.
The Wolverines have been assigned to the Corvallis (Oregon) Regional, which will be hosted by Oregon State University and played Friday through Monday (May 31-June 3). Michigan makes a return to Corvallis, where it last played in a 2007 NCAA Super Regional.
The Wolverines (41-18), who are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Erik Bakich and 24th overall, are the No. 3 seed in the regional and will face No. 2-seeded Creighton (38-11) on Friday (May 31) at 1 p.m. PDT in the opening game of the double-elimination event at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Host Oregon State (36-18-1), the tournament's No. 16 overall seed, and Cincinnati (30-29) will meet in the night game at 7 p.m. PDT.
The four-team, double-elimination regional schedule has two games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an "if necessary" game scheduled for Monday.
The full Corvallis Regional schedule:
Friday, May 31
Game 1 -- Creighton (38-11) vs. Michigan (41-18), 1 p.m. PDT (ESPN3)
Game 2 -- Oregon State (36-18-1) vs. Cincinnati (30-29), 7 p.m. PDT (ESPNU)
Saturday, June 1
Game 3 -- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, TBA
Game 4 -- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, TBA
Sunday, June 2
Game 5 -- Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, TBA
Game 6 -- Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, TBA
Monday, June 3
Game 7 (if necessary) -- Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, TBA
The Wolverines last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2017, when they also received an at-large bid following a 42-win season.
Michigan owns an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 61-47 (.565), including a 49-33 (.598) mark during regional play. The Wolverines have advanced to the College World Series seven times, most recently in 1984, and won national titles in 1953 and 1962.
The meeting between Michigan and Creighton will mark the third in history and the second in the postseason. Michigan defeated the Blue Jays by a score of 13-5 in the 1999 South Bend (Indiana) Regional.
The Wolverines also won the most recent meeting, which came at another neutral site during the 2017 season, with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings in Santa Clara, California. Current players Miles Lewis (two hits), Ako Thomas (hit, RBI) and Jack Bredeson (1.0 scoreless inning) all factored in the win.
Creighton earned the No. 2 seed in the regional after winning the Big East Tournament and the conference's automatic bid. The Blue Jays have won eight straight games and 13 of their last 14 games.
Michigan, which finished the regular season in second place in the Big Ten with a 16-7 league record, is one of five Big Ten teams in the NCAA field, joining Big Ten Tournament winner Ohio State, regular-season champion Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.
The 16 regional champions will advance to the best-of-three super regionals June 7-9. The eight super regional winners will advance to the Men's College World Series, scheduled for June 15-26 in Omaha, Nebraska.