Owls and Cards to open '07 CWS

First pitch at 1:00

June 11, 2007

Rice and Louisville open up the 2007 College World Series when the two teams meet at 1 p.m. (central) on Friday at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2. Mississippi State and North Carolina will round out the first day's action when they meet at 6 p.m.

The winner of Friday's two games will meet at 6 p.m. on Sunday, while the losers from Friday will play an elimination game on Sunday at 1:00.

Rice (54-12) returns to Omaha for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in the last six years after winning all five games it has played in the NCAA tournament. The Owls won the title in 2003, the school's first NCAA team title in any sport.

Louisville (46-22) is making its first trip to Omaha for the College World Series and was forced to battle back from the loser's bracket in the Regional and was then extended to a third game in the Super Regional before blasting Oklahoma State 20-2 to clinch a spot in the CWS.

Rice will receive 700 tickets for the first two games and only 350 tickets for the next 1-3 games and then 700 tickets if we make the championship series. With 250 tickets going to players, coaches and staff, it only leaves about 100 tickets for the middle games for donors and season ticket holders. Therefore, anyone receiving tickets to the first two games, is not guaranteed to receive tickets for the next 1-3 games, but will receive tickets for the Championship Series should the Owls advance that far.

Orders for tickets will be taken Monday, June 11 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 713 522-OWLS. If you receive tickets, you will be contacted Monday evening after 5:00 pm. by email or phone. Priority order for distribution will be: 1) Rice Athletics Fund donors who are also baseball season ticket holders, 2) Baseball season ticket holders, 3) Rice Athletics Fund donors, and 4) Alumni and Friends Fans may request up to four tickets for the College World Series games that Rice plays. Tickets are $18 per session plus processing fees

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