Lutheran, Texas-Dallas Set for NCAA D-III Baseball Championship Play
May 14, 2007
No. 9-ranked Texas Lutheran and No. 28-ranked Texas-Dallas learned early Monday morning that they will each be heading to Hart Park in Orange Calif., for an NCAA Divison III Baseball Championship regional.
For the third straight year, TLU (35-8-1) earned the American Southwest Conferences automatic playoff bid after winning the league title, while Texas-Dallas (32-11) received an at-large bid for its first ever appearance in the national baseball tourney.
The seven-team, double elimination event that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and run through Sunday will be hosted by No. 2-ranked and top-seeded Chapman (35-5).
The rest of the field is composed of No. 15 and second-seeded Pacific Lutheran (32-7), fifth seed George Fox (30-9), No. 21 and sixth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer (29-11) and seven seed Austin College (22-23).
UTD, the fourth seed, and George Fox open the tournament at 9:30 a.m. PST, while TLU, the third seed, begins with Pomona-Pitzer at 1:00 p.m. TLU has been the West regional runner-up to Chapman the past two years.
The national field consists of 53 clubs playing in eight regionals. Those winners will advance to the finals, to be held in Appleton, Wisc., from May 25-29.
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