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#1 R-MC Baseball is Top Seed in South Regional

Michael Nickles talking with Michael Zubovich
Michael Nickles and Michael Zubovich

ASHLAND, Va. - The top-ranked Randolph-Macon baseball team will be the No. 1 seed at the Holly Springs, North Carolina Regional.

The Yellow Jackets will join No. 2 College of New Jersey, No. 3 Denison, No. 4 Christopher Newport, No. 5 Alvernia and No. 6 LaGrange. R-MC is scheduled to open against LaGrange on Thursday at 11 a.m.

R-MC has faced two of these regional teams during the regular season. The Yellow Jackets went 2-0 against CNU and 2-0 against Alvernia.

The Yellow Jackets are 31-7-1, posting the second-highest victory total in program history. R-MC went 17-3 in ODAC play, winning the league's regular-season title.

There are three teams from the ODAC in the NCAA Tournament field. ODAC tourney champion Shenandoah will be the No. 5 seed in the Adrian, Michigan Regional. Virginia Wesleyan will be the No. 4 seed in the York, Pennsylvania Regional.

R-MC is 8-3 against teams in the NCAA tourney field: 2-0 vs. Alvernia, 2-0 vs. Christopher Newport, 2-0 vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 2-1 vs. Shenandoah and 0-2 vs. Rowan.

The Yellow Jackets are making their sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament in their sixth different state:

1977, Valdosta, Georgia

2008, Danville, Virginia

2011, Lakewood, New Jersey

2013, Millington, Tennessee

2016, Washington, Pennsylvania

2018, Holly Spring, North Carolina

R-MC reached the championship game of the Washington, Pa. Regional two seasons ago.

This will be the fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament under head coach Ray Hedrick.

The Yellow Jackets will be making their third trip to the state of North Carolina this season. R-MC won 6-2 at NC Wesleyan on March 15 and 17-9 at Methodist on April 3.

Holly Springs, N.C. Regional

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Game 1: 11 a.m. – #1 Randolph Macon vs #6 LaGrange

Game 2: 3 p.m. – #2 The College of New Jersey vs #5 Alvernia

Game 3: 7 p.m. – #3 Denison vs #4 Christopher Newport

Friday, May 18, 2018

Game 4: 11 a.m. – Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2

Game 5: 3 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs Loser Game 3

Game 6: 7 p.m. – Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3

Day 3 schedule dependant on number of teams remaining after Day 2.