W&J Heads To Terre Haute For 2013 NCAA Baseball Mideast Regional
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The NCAA Division III Baseball Committee announced the 56 teams that will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship on Monday and Washington & Jefferson College was selected as the No. 5 seed in the Mideast Regional hosted at Art Nehf Field on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Presidents (30-11), champions of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, will face fourth-seeded Illinois Wesleyan (32-12) in the first game of the regional on Wednesday at 10:00 am. The Titans, who earned one of the 14 Pool C at-large bids, won the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship.
All regionals use a double-elimination format. Winners of the eight regional tournaments will qualify for the double-elimination championship May 24-28 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Manchester (Ind.) earned the top seed and faces No. 8 Mount Union in the opening round. The other first round matchups include: No. 2 Marietta versus No. 7 Penn State-Behrend and No. 3 Wooster vs. No. 6 Thomas More. The Saints were an at-large selection, giving the PAC two teams in the national tournament for the second-straight season.
The winner of the W&J-Illinois Wesleyan game takes on the Manchester-Mount Union victor on Thursday at 4:30 pm. The losers of those first-round games will play Thursday at 10:00 am.
Illinois Wesleyan is making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, including its fourth-straight. The Titans won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin regular-season title and ended the regular season as the 18th-ranked team in the D3baseball.com National Top 25 poll. IWU posted a 3-2 record in the CCIW Tournament and lost in the championship game 12-1 to Augustana.
W&J captured the Presidents’ Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and has won 11 consecutive games. Washington & Jefferson’s last loss came at Case Western Reserve in the first game of an April 27 doubleheader in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Presidents outscored their opponents 33-7 during the tournament, including a 9-3 win over Thomas More in the championship game. W&J posted a perfect 19-0 record at Ross Memorial Park this season under Head Coach Jeff Mountain, who earned his 300th career victory in the PAC Tournament title game.