2012 NCAA Regionals, Missouri State Vs. UCF: Game Preview, TV Info And More

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 5-2 and won the series 2-0. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Missouri State will make its first postseason appearance in nine years on Friday, when they face off against UCF in the Coral Gables Regional.

Missouri State (39-20) will make its eighth all-time appearance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament on Friday when they begin play in the Coral Gables Regional against C-USA upstart UCF (43-15). The Bears arrive to Miami after a 2-2 showing in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament last week, strong enough to earn them the No. 3 seed in the Regional, thanks to a second place finish in the No. 5 RPI conference MVC.

Missouri State has proven to be a tough out in the NCAA Regionals historically - they've won at least two games in their last five postseason appearances, but haven't made the Regionals since the 2003 season. They've never faced Stony Brook or UCF, and are 0-2 lifetime against Miami. The winner of the game will face the winner of Friday's Miami vs. Stony Brook game Saturday afternoon.

Date / Time: Friday, June 1, 1 p.m. CT

Location: Alex Rodriguez Park, Coral Gables, Florida

Radio: KBFL 1060 AM

Watch: ESPN3.com

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