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Concordia-Austin Preps for First College World Series Appearance
May 21, 2002

No. 6-ranked Concordia-Austin (35-11) begins its quest for the NCAA Division III Baseball College World Series title on Friday afternoon (May 24), facing No. 2-ranked Eastern Connecticut State (35-10-1) in the 4:30 p.m. CDT first round game at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.

The Tornados are part of an eight-team CWS field that features no No. 1 regional seeds and has just one team from west of the Mississippi River/south of the Ohio River - Concordia-Austin. Four of the teams - Marietta (Ohio), Carthage, Christopher Newport, Rensselaer and Eastern Connecticut State - were No. 2 seeds in their respective regionals. Lakeland (No. 3), Concordia-Austin (No. 4) and College of New Jersey (No. 6) were lower seeds who upset the favored teams.

2002 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship
Fox Cities Stadium at Appleton, Wis.
All times CDT
Friday, May 24
Game 1 (10 a.m.): Marietta (37-7-1) vs. College of New Jersey (34-12)
Game 2 (1:15 p.m.): Carthage (34-9) vs. Christopher Newport (35-14)
Game 3 (4:30 p.m.): Concordia-Austin (35-11) vs. Eastern Connecticut State (35-10-1)
Game 4 (7:45 p.m.): Lakeland College (33-14-1) vs. Rensselaer (32-9)
Saturday, May 25
Game 5 (10 a.m.): Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game)
Game 6 (1:15 p.m.): Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (elimination game)
Game 7 (4:30 p.m.): Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 8 (7:45 p.m.): Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Sunday, May 26
Game 9 (Noon): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7
Game 10 (3:30 p.m.): Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8
Game 11 (7:00 p.m.): Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Monday, May 27
Game 12 (Noon): TBD*
Game 13 (3:30 p.m.): TBD*
Tuesday, May 28
Game 14 (1:00 p.m.): TBD** [Championship]
Game 15 (4:30 p.m.): ** If needed


* Pairings shall be adjusted for Games 12 & 13 to match teams that have not played previously, or that have not played since the first round.
** If three teams remain after Game 13, winner of Game 11 shall receive a bye in Game 14

The strength of Concordia-Austin is its defense and pitching. The Tornados have a .960 fielding percentage, one of the best team averages in NCAA-III. CUA brings a 3.85 ERA to the finals with Scott Gordon (3.19 ERA, 9-3) and Chema Chavez (3.45 ERA, 10-2) two of the pitching staff leaders. Scott Berkman tops the American Southwest Conference with 92 strikeouts. CUA is hitting .306 as a team with 139 extra-base hits, 14 of those doubles by Jake Decker.

The NCAA-III College World Series is scheduled Friday through Tuesday (May 24-28). Complete College World Series information is available at www.ncaachampionships.com or at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh tournament host site, www.titans.uwosh.edu/2002NCAABaseballChampionship.


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