NCAA Baseball: New York Regional Preview

NCAA Baseball: New York Regional Preview


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AUBURN, N.Y. -- Schools from five different regions will converge in New York's Finger Lakes region to see which school will continue its quest to raise the Walnut and Bronze at the World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, New York, New England and South regions will all be represented when the tournament begins on Thursday.

Seeded #6 in the regional, Amherst will open their tournament play against #3 Southern Maine on Thursday at 4:30 PM.

The region's top three seeds have a combined 74 NCAA tournament appearances, 27 trips to the Division III World Series and three national championships.

Tickets each day are $3 for adults and $2 for students with ID, senior citizens, and children 12 and under, and can be purchased at the gate (cash only).

What to Know About Amherst

  • The Mammoths earned the program's ninth trip to the NCAA by winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this weekend, defeating Tufts University 3-2 in the championship game.
  • Amherst last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2015, their third straight appearance under Head Coach Brian Hamm. They have a 10-16 record overall in NCAA play, and reached the Regional Final in 1999.
  • Amherst enters the tournament on a five-game winning streak, as they needed to win their final two regular season games at Middlebury to make the conference tournament, and then defeated Bates 3-2 in twelve innings before two straight victories against the Jumbos to claim the NESCAC crown.

Scouting the Field

A Regional championship at Falcon Park in 2015 propelled Cortland on to the World Series where the Red Dragons claimed their first national championship. One year after being shipped to the Mideast regional in Washington, Pennsylvania, the Red Dragons are back in familiar territory as they make their 26th straight NCAA tournament appearance. Only Florida State and Cal State Fullerton have longer active streaks in NCAA baseball. Cortland enters the regionals as a Pool C at-large selection after claiming the SUNYAC regular season title but falling in the conference championship round to Oswego State.

For the first time, a South Region team will compete in the New York regional in the form of Salisbury. The Sea Gulls make their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance after sweeping through the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with five straight victories. Overall, the Sea Gulls fly into the postseason on the strength of eight consecutive wins that are part of a larger 23-3 run. Salisbury seeks a return to the World Series for the first time since 2015. Both Cortland and Salisbury were World Series participants in 2014 and 2015.  

Like Salisbury, Southern Maine is making its 24th overall NCAA tournament appearance. Notably, the Huskies mush down to New York for the second time in as many years. Head coach Ed Flaherty surpassed the 1,000 win plateau during the regular season helping his Southern Maine club finish third in the highly competitive Little East Conference. Southern Maine qualified for the regionals as an at-large selection.

Baldwin Wallace returns to the regionals for the third time in the five years and the Yellow Jackets continue to rack up bus miles. BW bussed to the Mid-Atlantic regional in 2014 and bounced the competition en route to the school's first ever trip to Appleton. Auburn and Falcon Park beckoned in 2015 and now again in 2018. The Berea, Ohio, school finished in a tie for third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference and then roared past Marietta and Otterbein to win the OAC tournament. All three schools made the NCAA playoffs.

A surprise entrant to the Falcon Park field comes from the Mid-Atlantic in the form of Swarthmore. The Garnet upset perennial power Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference tournament to claim the school's first Centennial playoff championship and just second NCAA postseason appearance. Swarthmore shared the Centennial regular season title with Johns Hopkins and has a school record 33 wins.

Outside of Cortland, St. Joseph's (L.I.) is the only other New York school in the New York regional. The Golden Eagles finished second in the Skyline Conference and then triumphed in the league's postseason tournament with a victory over Merchant Marine in a winner-take-all championship game. St. Joseph's (L.I.) is making its second NCAA tournament trip in the last three years.

Westfield State is the second of two New England teams traveling across the border on I-90. The Owls won both the Massachusetts Small College Athletic Conference's regular season and conference tournament championships. Westfield is making its 10th NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2009. Westfield was part of the 2007 Auburn regional.

Auburn Regional schedule

All times Eastern

Thursday, May 17
GAME 1: (#4 seed) Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets (31-12) vs. (#5) seed Swarthmore Garnet (33-9), 10 a.m.
GAME 2: (#1 seed) Cortland Red Dragons (32-10) vs. (#8 seed) Westfield St. Owls (24-16-1), 1:15 p.m.
GAME 3: (#3 seed) Southern Maine Huskies (27-13) vs. (#6 seed) Amherst Mammoths (24-12), 4:30 p.m.
GAME 4: (#2 seed) Salisbury Sea Gulls (33-10) vs. (#7 seed) St. Joseph's (L.I.) Golden Eagles, 7:45 p.m.

Friday, May 18
GAME 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.
GAME 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:15 p.m.
GAME 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
GAME 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
GAME 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 10 a.m.
GAME 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 1:15 p.m.
GAME 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 4:30 p.m.
GAME 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 20
GAME 13: Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 12 p.m.
GAME 14: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 13, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 21
GAME 15: Same teams as Game 14 (if necessary), TBD