Bullpen key as ASU prepares for NCAA D2 South Regional

Bullpen key as ASU prepares for NCAA D2 South Regional
Tristan Rice (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University drew the 7-seed in the NCAA Division II South regional.

Their opening round game will be against 2-seed and national power University of Tampa.

It's a team they beat 2 out of 3 during the regular season at home.

Pulling an upset again, this time on the big stage will take an all-around effort.

Scot Hemmings says the key could be the bullpen, which gave the Golden Rams the lift back in March.

"Tristan rice is one of the most competitive players we've ever had play on this field and Mike Reddick," said Hemmings.

"And when we got two competitive performances on the mound I think that raised our level of play. I mean you saw, I thought it was a different ball club when Tristan came onto the mound and when Reddick pitched the next day. But our offense has got to learn to play no matter who is on the mound."

Rice threw five scoreless innings against the Spartans in the regular season series.

"It makes me feel great I feel like if I just do my job and be competitive and have my spirit that I've had all year I can go out there and make my pitches, don't miss the spot. They're a great hitting team, but maybe we can win."

Albany state is 0-5 all time in NCAA tournament games.

They'll face Tampa Thursday at 3 at Henley Field looking to make program history.

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