Tampa, Fla. - The top-ranked University of Tampa baseball team has been awarded the 2012 NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament, which will include a total of eight teams. The double-elimination tourney will begin Thursday and end with Monday's regional title games.
The region will feature several national powers as four of the last six NCAA II national champions will be among the field. Tampa won the 2006 and 2007 championships as fellow Sunshine State Conference opponent Lynn University won in 2009. West Florida enters the regional as the defending national champions.
The University of Tampa will enter postseason play with an overall record of 38-8 and winners of six straight games. The Spartans also won their 14th SSC title as they are looking for the program's 15th South Region crown.
This marks the 13th straight NCAA tournament appearance for Tampa, as head coach Joe Urso has advanced to the tourney in each of his 12 seasons at the helm. UT has hosted the regional a total of 10 times (including 2012) as the last time the regional was at the UT Baseball Field came in 2010.