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Concordia Baseball Begins NCAA Championship Run
May 13, 2002

Three weeks after clinching the ASC Baseball Championship, the Concordia University at Austin Tornados make their first foray into the NCAA-III Championships with a short road trip to the Regional Championship in Georgetown, Texas, scheduled Thursday through Saturday (May 16-18).

Concordia-Austin (32-11) is seeded fourth in the four-team regional hosted by Southwestern University. The Tornadoes open play against No. 1 seed Pomona-Pitzer University (35-5) from Claremont, Calif., in Game 1 (May 16, 3 p.m.) Game 2 features No. 2 seed Trinity University (35-9) vs. No. 3 seed Southwestern (36-8) (May 16, 7 p.m.).

Three of the regional teams were ranked among the nation's top 25 in the last regular-season ABCA/Collegiate Baseball national poll. Pomona-Pitzer ranked No. 5, Southwestern No. 15 and Trinity No. 23 with Concordia-Austin among teams receiving votes.

2002 NCAA Division III Regional Championship
Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at Georgetown, Texas
Hosted by Southwestern University
Thursday, May 16
Game 1 (3:00): No. 1 seed Pomona-Pitzer (35-5) vs. No. 4 seed Concordia-Austin (32-11)
Game 2 (7:00): No. 2 seed Trinity (35-9) vs. No. 3 seed Southwestern (36-8)
Friday, May 17
Game 3 (11:00): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 4 (3:00): Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game)
Game 5 (7:00): Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 (elimination game)
Saturday, May 18
Game 6 (1:00): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 7 (if needed, 30 minutes after Game 6 conclusion)

Tickets for the Georgetown, Texas, NCAA Baseball Regional will be available at the gate for $4 a game or $15 for a tournament pass.

Updates from the eight regional sites as well as general championship information will be available at www.ncaachampionships.com. Fans can also access the Southwestern University athletic web site, www.southwestern.edu, for directions to Rockwell Field and other regional information.

Concordia-Austin claimed the ASC Tournament trophy on April 27 with a 6-4 victory vs. Howard Payne University in the title game. The Tornados 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.

The winner of the Georgetown, Texas, regional will join seven other regional winners for the eight-team, double-elimination NCAA Division III Baseball Finals in Appleton, Wis., May 24-28.


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