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Jaspers Headed to Gainesville

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 05/30/2011
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - After clinching its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament championship since 2006 on Saturday, the Manhattan College baseball team found out its NCAA Tournament destination on Monday afternoon during a team viewing party in Plato's Cave.  The Jaspers (34-17) will head to Gainesville, Fla., for a first-round matchup with SEC champion Florida (45-16), which received the No. 2 national seed.  The Jaspers and Gators will meet on Friday at 4 p.m. in a contest that will be televised live on ESPNU.  Miami (36-21) and Jacksonville (36-22) are the other two teams in the Gainesville Regional.

While the Jaspers have never faced either Florida or Jacksonville, Manhattan opened the 2010 season with a three-game series at Miami.  In the series finale, the Jaspers notched a 12-7 victory over the No. 10 Hurricanes.  Manhattan also played Miami twice in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

The double-elimination event gets underway at Florida's McKethan Stadium on Friday afternoon.  After facing the host Gators, the fourth-seeded Jaspers take on either No. 2 Miami or third-seeded Jacksonville on Saturday.  The winner of the Gainesville Regional advances to the best-of-three Super Regional the following weekend.

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