of Postseason Diamonds Concordia-Austin Awaits NCAA Championship
Announcement; Louisiana College Heading to Ohio for NCCAA Nationals
May 7, 2002
While American Southwest Conference baseball champion Concordia University at Austin awaits its schedule for the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, the Louisiana College team is packing its bags for Celina, Ohio, and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I National Tournament.
Concordia-Austin (32-11) claimed the ASC Tournament trophy on April 27 with a 6-4 victory vs. Howard Payne University in the title game. The Tornados are spending two weeks finishing semester classwork, practicing and waiting for Sunday's (May 12) call from the NCAA Championship committee with their Regional schedule. Unranked in the May 6 ABCA/Collegiate Baseball national poll, CUA ranks seventh in the coaches West Region poll.
Concordia-Austin will begin NCAA postseason play with three pitchers ranked among the nation's top 15 in victories, junior Scott Berkman and sophomores Chema Chavez and Scott Gordon. Both Berkman and Chavez rank ninth with 9-2 records while Gordon is 15th with an 8-3 record. Defense has been a strength for CUA all season, and it carries a combined .960 fielding percentage and 3.89 ERA into the tournament.
Selection of the 42-team NCAA Div. III Championship field will be made May 12 with information available at www.ncaachampionships.com.
Louisiana College (19-19) will continue its baseball season with a berth in the NCCAA Div. I National Tournament scheduled May 15-18 in Celina, Ohio. The Wildcats advanced to the nationals as a representative of the Central Region.
The third-place finisher in the ASC East Division, Louisiana College is led by pitchers Jeremy Johnson, who finished the season with a 2.06 ERA, and Lucas Ledbetter, who posted eight wins and two saves. Outfielder Scott Townsend, who smacked 13 doubles and led the ASC with a .532 on-base percentage, leads the Wildcat offense.
Information about the NCCAA National Baseball Tournament can be accessed at www.thenccaa.org/athleticteams/div1/mensbaseball.htm.
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