INDIANAPOLIS – The Salisbury University baseball team paved its way to the NCAA Division III tournament by earning an automatic bid, winning its third straight Capital Athletic Conference tournament title. It now knows where it will be playing as the tournament field was officially announced early Monday morning.
The Sea Gulls will head to the Auburn, New York regional hosted by No. 9 State University of New York at Cortland as Salisbury makes its 24th NCAA tournament appearance in program history.
The No. 2 seeded Sea Gulls will take on the No. 7 seed St. Joseph's College – Long Island in their first game of the double-elimination, eight-team regional this Thursday, May 17 at 7:45 p.m.
The other first round regional matchups include No. 4 seed Baldwin Wallace University versus No. 5 seed Swarthmore College at 10 a.m., No. 1 seed and host SUNY Cortland versus No. 8 seed Westfield State University at 1:15 p.m., and No. 3 University of Southern Maine versus No. 6 seed Amherst College at 4:30 p.m.
The only regional opponent that Salisbury played this season is host SUNY Cortland, which helped open Sea Gull Baseball Stadium back on February 17-18. The Red Dragons, ranked No.1 in the country at the time, won both sides of a weekend two-game series, including a 14-inning, 9-6 victory in game two. Salisbury has never faced first round opponent St. Joseph's College.
The Sea Gulls closed their season by winning the Capital Athletic Conference for the third straight year. They swept the conference tournament and will ride an eight-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament. After going 10-7 to beginning the season, the maroon and gold has gone 23-3 since to finish with a 33-10 overall record.
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