St. Edward's Men's Baseball Prepares for First NCAA DII College World Series Appearance
AUSTIN, Texas (Monday, May 21, 2013) – The St. Edward’s University men’s baseball team is headed to its first NCAA DII College World Series, which begins on Saturday, May 25 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC. The Hilltopper men rallied twice in elimination games to win the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament in Kingsville, Texas on Sunday, May 19.
The Hilltoppers will host their final home practice on Wednesday, May 22 at Lucian-Hamilton Field on the campus of St. Edward’s University from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A sendoff celebration will be hosted at the Recreation and Convocation Center at 3:30 p.m. before the team leaves for Cary.
St. Edward's (42-16) will play the fourth and final game of the first round on Sunday, May 26 versus Grand Canyon University at 5 p.m. EST. The Hilltoppers and Lopes (39-17) have never met on the diamond.
Both Tampa (43-11) and Coker College (38-14) are in the same half of the eight-team bracket with St. Edward's. The other half of the bracket includes: Franklin Pierce (36-17), Shippensburg (32-21), Grand Valley State (35-17) and Minnesota St.-Mankato (39-8).
St. Edward's has ridden one of the best pitching staffs in the nation all season, sporting a 2.82 ERA, which ranks eighth in the country. The Hilltoppers have an impressive team batting average of .297 and have outscored opponents 346-206.
Hilltopper Head Coach Rob Penders is making his fifth trip to a College World Series, as he was part of coaching staffs for College World Series participants University of Texas (DI) in 2000 and San Jacinto JC (NJCAA) in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Every game of the 2013 NCAA DII Baseball World Series will have live video and stats courtesy of NCAA.com. Tickets for the tournament are $10 per day or $30 for an all-tourney pass. They can be purchased at the gate or in advance here. A full schedule bracket is also available here.