Roanoke and Shenandoah Set for NCAA Baseball Tournament Competition

Colin Morse (right) and Will Black are among the leaders for Shenandoah and Roanoke as they prepare to enter the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.
Colin Morse (right) and Will Black are among the leaders for Shenandoah and Roanoke as they prepare to enter the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- A highly competitive ODAC regular season and equally impressive conference tournament has lent to multiple league programs earning a spot in the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. Roanoke College, winner of the ODAC's automatic entrant after claiming its first league trophy last weekend, will be joined by Shenandoah University as an at-large selection to the 56-team field.

The NCAA participants will compete in eight predetermined regionals across the country. Four will be stocked with six teams, while the remaining four will feature eight-team pods. Forty-one schools earned their place via automatic bid from their respective conferences. Two schools -- Emory University and Washington University in St. Louis -- received Pool B bids as independent programs. The remaining 13 teams are in the field via at-large selection by the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee.

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Roanoke (29-16) is the sixth-seeded team in the six-team South Regional hosted by Averett University at Legion Field in Danville, Va. The Maroons will open play with Salisbury University (30-8), which won the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) title. Game two will feature second-seeded LaGrange College (38-4) and fifth-seeded Otterbein University (31-12). LaGrange won the USA South championship, while Otterbein hoisted the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) trophy. The final first round game pits third-seeded Rowan University (28-16) against fourth-seeded Emory University (27-12). Rowan is an at-large selection, while Emory picked up one of the two Pool B bids.

Shenandoah (36-8) heads to PeoplesBank Park in York, Pa., for the eight-team Mid-Atlantic Regional hosted by the Middle Atlantic Conferences. The Hornets, seeded second behind Johns Hopkins University (36-6), will play in game four against seventh-seeded SUNY Maritime (26-11), which won the Skyline Conference title. JHU, winners of the Centennial Conference crown, plays in game two against eighth-seeded Lesley University (21-17-1), which earned the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship. Third-seeded Wheaton College (Mass.)(23-14) meets #6 Elizabethtown College (27-15). Wheaton is an at-large choice, while Etown captured the Landmark Conference title. Game one of this regional features fourth-seeded Rochester Institute of Technology (33-7) against Alvernia University (28-13-2). RIT won the Liberty League hardware, while Alvernia picked up an at-large bid.

Regional play begins on Thursday, May 18 and continues thru Sunday or Monday, May 21/22. The eight winners will travel to Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis., for the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship on May 26-30/31.

For more information, be sure to check the host venue websites. Also head back to www.ncaa.com for updates. Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and Instagram.