INDIANAPOLIS – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Baseball Champion, No. 20/23 Salve Regina will begin its 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in Harwich, Mass. where the Seahawks will compete in the NCAA New England Regional hosted by Mass. Maritime Academy. As the No. 4 seed in the regional, their opening game will be Thursday, May 18 against No. 5 seed Babson with first pitch scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
The entire 56-team field was announced early Monday morning via press release from the NCAA.
Salve Regina has been in the national picture all year long, most recently checking in at No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball/ABCA Poll and No. 23 in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25. It finished the regular season at 34-10 overall (14-2 CCC). The Seahawks gained entry into this year's Championship by winning the CCC's automatic qualifier. Serving as the No. 1 seed in the CCC Championship Tournament, the defending champions defeated No. 4 seed Curry and No. 5 seed Nichols to emerge out of the three-team pod to earn a spot in the CCC Championship Series. In the CCC Championship Series, Salve swept the first two games against No. 2 seed Endicott to clinch the CCC Tournament Championship.
Babson, which carries a 25-13 overall record (12-5 NEWMAC), was also an automatic qualifier in this year's tournament as it earned the bid out of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Beavers swept MIT in the NEWMAC Championship Series to claim the title.
Six other teams were also selected to participate in the New England Regional. No. 1 seed UMass Boston, No. 6 seed Suffolk, and No. 7 seed Worcester State were all automatic qualifiers out of New England conferences with the Beacons earning the Little East berth, the Rams qualifying out of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), and the Lancers emerging out of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). No. 2 seed Arcadia received an automatic bid out of the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth (MAC Commonwealth) and No. 8 seed Penn State-Berks claimed the North Eastern Athletic Conference's (NEAC) automatic spot. No. 3 seed St. John Fisher was the lone at-large selection in the group coming out of the Empire 8.
Harwich is one of eight regional sites. All regionals will use a double-elimination format with the winners of each of the regional tournaments qualifying for the double-elimination championship at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis., Friday-Tuesday/Wednesday, May 26-30/31, 2017.
Portions of this release are courtesy of the NCAA.
NCAA BASEBALL NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime)
Whitehouse Field – Harwich, Mass.
Thursday, May 18
Game 1 - #4 Salve Regina vs. #5 Babson, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2 - #1 UMass Boston vs. #8 Penn State-Berks, 1 p.m.
Game 3 - #3 St. John Fisher vs. #6 Suffolk, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 - #2 Arcadia vs. #7 Worcester State, 8 p.m.
Friday, May 19
Game 5 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Game 6 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Game 9 - Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 7, 9:30 a.m.
Game 10 - Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 5, 1 p.m.
Game 11 - Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12 - Winner vs. Winner of Game 9, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 21
Game 13 - Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 11, Noon
Game 14 - Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13, 4 p.m.
Monday, May 22 (If necessary)
Game 15 - Winner of Game 14 v. Loser of Game 14, 11 a.m.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.