WNE Baseball Selected to NCAA Division III Harwich Regional

WNE Baseball Selected to NCAA Division III Harwich Regional

NCAA RELEASE | PRINTABLE REGIONAL BRACKETS

INDIANAPOLIS – Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Baseball Tournament Champion Western New England will compete in the Harwich Regional in the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament as announced via press release on NCAA.com early Monday morning. The Golden Bears will start tournament play in the double-elimination regional against Ramapo at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 17.

The Golden Bears return to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2013 after winning the CCC Championship Series Sunday afternoon over Salve Regina. The Golden Bears were the No. 3 seed in the CCC Baseball Championship Tournament after posting an 11-5 CCC record (31-13 overall). They did not lose a game in tournament play, winning three games to emerge out of the three-team pod that also included No. 2 seed Roger Williams and No. 6 seed Gordon. The Golden Bears then swept the Seahawks in the best-of-three CCC Championship Series.

WNE was one of the 40 institutions to gain entry into the 58-team tournament field via automatic qualifier. Eighteen others were picked as at-large selections. Two of those selections came out of the grouping of independent schools and conferences without an automatic qualifier (Pool B). Once those two were selected the remaining Pool B teams and the teams that did not win their league’s automatic qualifier were considered (Pool C) for the final 16 spots.

Ramapo was one of the Pool C selections after losing to Rowan in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship. The Roadrunners were the No. 2 seed in the NJAC Tournament after going 13-3 in league play (32-13 overall).

Three of the other teams in the eight-team pod come into regional play sporting national rankings in both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/D3baseball.com and the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball polls. They are No. 5/9 UMass Boston, No. 21/27 Keystone, and No. 23/20 Oswego State. All three teams won AQs with the Beacons coming out of the Little East, the Giants winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), and the Lakers winning the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC).

UMass Boston was the No. 1 seed in the Little East Tournament after a 11-3 conference regular-season (24-8 overall). It swept its way through the conference tournament to claim its second straight league title.

Keystone was also the top seed in its conference tournament with a 15-1 CSAC record (32-10 overall). The Giants advanced through the tournament in the winners’ bracket meaning they would need to lose twice in the championship round to be eliminated. They lost the early game in the championship round, 8-7, to Gwynedd Mercy, but bounced back to capture the title with a 4-2 result in the deciding game.

Oswego State went 12-5 in SUNYAC play (26-12 overall) and was the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. The Lakers were dropped into the losers’ bracket with a 2-1, extra-inning lost to No. 1 seed SUNY Cortland. However, they would come back to face the Red Dragons in the championship round, beating them twice to claim the SUNYAC AQ.

These three teams will face three other automatic qualifiers on day one of the regional. UMass Boston draws North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Champion Penn State-Berks, Keystone plays New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Champion Mitchell, and Oswego matches up with Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Champion Suffolk.

The Nittany Lions won their third straight NEAC title after going 17-1 in conference play (25-10 overall) and earning the top seed in the tournament. They won three games to win the conference crown.

The Mariners were also the top seed in their conference tournament with a 15-3 league record (30-8 overall). Mitchell captured the conference title with three straight wins, advancing all the way through in the winners’ bracket.

The Rams won their fourth straight GNAC title after going 13-1 in-conference (25-17 overall) and earning the top seed in the tournament. They too went undefeated in tournament play including a 6-5 decision against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) in the championship round.

Harwich is one of the eight regional tournaments taking place this week. The winners of each of the regional tournaments will qualify for the pool play double-elimination championship at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis. from Friday-Tuesday/Wednesday, May 25-29/30.

Portions of this release are courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

2018 DIVISION III BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Harwich Regional Day 1 – Thursday, May 17
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Harwich, Mass.)

Game 1Western New England vs. Ramapo, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 5/9 UMass Boston vs. Penn St.-Berks, 1 p.m.
Game 3 – No. 21/27 Keystone vs. Mitchell, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 – No. 23/20 Oswego St. vs. Suffolk, 8 p.m.

Harwich Regional Day 2 – Friday, May 18
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Harwich, Mass.)

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.

Harwich Regional Day 3 – Saturday, May 19
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Harwich, Mass.)

Game 9 – Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 7, 9:30 a.m.
Game 10 – Winner of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 8, 1 p.m.
Game 11 – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12 – Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 9, 8 p.m.

Harwich Regional Day 4 – Sunday, May 20
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Harwich, Mass.)

Game 13 – Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 11, noon
Game 14 – Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13, 3:30 p.m.

Harwich Regional Day 4 – Monday, May 21
(Hosted by Mass. Maritime – Harwich, Mass.)

Game 15 – Game 14 opponents if necessary, TBD

 

 

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