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Lexington Regional bracket, schedule, and television information

It’s the most wonderful stressful time of the year

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NC State begins regional play this Friday in Lexington, Kentucky, where the Kentucky Wildcats are the top seed and host. If you are not familiar with the NCAA baseball tournament format, the regional round is double-elimination, so one loss doesn’t end your season, but staying out of the loser’s bracket during the first two days significantly improves your chances of advancing.

Here’s the bracket for the Lexington Regional:

A team can win a regional in as few as three games, but any climb out of the loser’s bracket—excuse me, “elimination bracket”—would require five games. It’s especially tough to do that on the road, and given the shallow state of the Wolfpack’s pitching staff, it is extra unlikely that they could win the regional from the loser’s bracket.

Not that I’m worried about such a problem, mind you. State’s gonna roll in there and reel off three wins in a row and head on home. Ohio pulling off the stunner on Friday sure would help a lot, though.

Lexington Regional Schedule

Friday, June 2

Game 1: No. 4 Ohio vs. No. 1 Kentucky — Noon ET, ESPNU
Game 2: No. 3 NC State vs. No. 2 Indiana — 7 p.m. ET, WatchESPN

Saturday, June 3

Game 3: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 — Noon ET, WatchESPN
Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 — 7 p.m. ET, WatchESPN

Sunday, June 4

Game 5: Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 — 1 p.m. ET, WatchESPN
Game 6: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 — 7 p.m. ET, WatchESPN

Monday, June 5

Game 7 (if necessary) : Rematch of Game 6 — 7 p.m. ET, WatchESPN

Unfortunately that regional-opener between Ohio and Kentucky is the only game that will be on television this weekend, so you’ll have to stream all of the Pack’s games online, but hey it’s better than nothing I suppose.