DURHAM, N.C. – For the second time in the last three years, the Duke baseball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large bid to the postseason event Monday. The Blue Devils will travel to Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Athens Regional.
The Blue Devils open tournament play against Troy at Foley Field on Friday at 2 p.m. The host Bulldogs face Big South champion Campbell on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Within the Athens Regional, Georgia is the only program Duke has faced in NCAA Tournament action, going 2-1 against the Bulldogs, winning twice on June 4, 1953, in Charlotte, N.C., and falling once on June 3, 1953. Georgia holds all-time 17-16-2 advantage against in the all-time series, but the foes have not met since 2010.
The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with Campbell 22-16-0 and have won the last four meetings, including two in 2018. Duke has never faced Troy.
The winner of the Athens Regional advances to play the champion of the Lubbock Regional in an NCAA Super Regional. The Lubbock Regional consists of the host Red Raiders of Texas Tech, Louisville, Kent State and New Mexico State.
Ranked in the preseason for the first time in program history, Duke (40-15, 18-11 ACC) has lived up to the early season hype, recording the first 40-win season in program history while also earning a program-record 18 ACC wins. Baseball America has ranked Duke in its top 25 for the past 13 weeks, doubling the total number of weeks the Blue Devils were ranked in the first 36 years of the publication’s rankings (6).
This season, Duke went 4-1 against NCAA automatic qualifiers, topping Big South Tournament champion Campbell twice, ACC Tournament champion Florida State twice and falling to American Athletic Conference champion East Carolina once. Overall, the Blue Devils went 7-5 versus 2018 opponents who made the NCAA Tournament field.
Duke is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Blue Devils are 18-14 all-time in the postseason event and advanced to the College World Series three times (1952, 1953 and 1961).
The Blue Devils were one of six ACC programs to earn a bid to the postseason, joining Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina and N.C. State.
NCAA Athens Regional tickets are on sale online now or by calling the Georgia ticket office starting Tuesday, May 29 during normal business hours at (706) 542-1231. Depending on advance sales, single game tickets may be available on the day of the game at Foley Field.
Reserved seats are priced at $15/game or $90 for all-session. General admission adult tickets are $10/game or $60 for all-session. General admission student or youth tickets are $5/game or $30 for all-session.
2018 Athens Regional Schedule (All Times Eastern)
Friday, June 1
Game 1 - No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 vs. Troy - 2 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Campbell – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2
Game 3 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Sunday, June 3
Game 5 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Game 6 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 4
Monday, June 4
Game 7 - If Necessary