Beavers Set to Face No. 20/23 Salve Regina in Thursday's Opening Round
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College, which captured its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship since 2009 last Sunday, earned the fifth seed in the Harwich Regional when the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament field was announced on Monday.
The Beavers (25-13) will open play in the eight-team double-elimination bracket against fourth-seeded Salve Regina (34-10) at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Whitehouse Field. Top-seeded UMass Boston (33-10) will face eighth seeded Penn State-Berks (20-19), second-seeded Arcadia (32-11) will take on seventh-seeded Worcester State (20-20), and third-seeded St. John Fisher (30-10) opposes sixth-seeded Suffolk (26-15) in the other first round matchups. The tournament will continue through Sunday or Monday, with the winner heading to the Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis., over Memorial Day Weekend.
Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Matt Noone, the Green and White has matched its school record with 12 straight wins dating back to April 22. Babson, which finished in a three-way tie for first in the NEWMAC regular season standings, swept through the conference tournament with 2-0 series wins over Wheaton and MIT to book the program's third trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Seahawks, ranked 20th by Collegiate Baseball and 23rd by D3baseball.com, are making their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth overall after winning their second straight Commonwealth Coast Conference last weekend. The top-seeded Beacons (No. 21/22), the second-seeded Knights (No. 29 Collegiate Baseball), and the third-seeded Cardinals (No. 22/14) give the Harwich Regional four nationally-ranked teams.
General admission tickets will be sold for $3 per game and an all-tournament pass will be solid on the first day of the regional for $30. The Beavers will play their second game of the tournament on Friday at either 9:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.
A full regional preview will be posted on Tuesday night.