For the first time since 2009, Birdball is dancing.
The Boston College baseball team, which went 12-40 just three short seasons ago, is in the national tournament, having received a seed in a regional hosted by Ole Miss. The Eagles will play Tulane in the first round of the double-elimination bracket.
The Eagles return to the national tournament for the first time since qualifying in 2009. That year, they received the #3 seed in a regional hosted by the Texas Longhorns in Austin. After defeating second-seeded Texas State in the first round, they advanced to play Texas. What transpired was the longest game in college baseball history, a 25-inning affair that saw the Longhorns defeat the Eagles, 3-2. Exhausted, BC returned to action less than 24 hours later, losing an elimination game to Army, 4-3, to end their national championship dreams.
It's the eighth national tournament appearance for BC, though with the 2009 appearance is just their second since 1967. Under head coach Eddie Pellagrini, the Eagles qualified for multiple trips to the College World Series, making the ultimate dance in 1960, 1961, and 1967. Following the '67 season, BC would not return to the national tournament until '09.
BC also made the College World Series in 1953.
UPDATE: Boston College will play Tulane Friday at 4 PM on ESPN3.