Aurora, Concordia Chicago Selected for NCAA Division III Baseball Championship

Aurora, Concordia Chicago Selected for NCAA Division III Baseball Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The NCAA Division III Baseball Committee has announced the 58 teams that will compete in the 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

NACC regular-season champion Concordia University Chicago will be the host institution for one of 16 regional sites, while NACC tournament champion Aurora University has been assigned to a regional to be hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. Both regionals run Friday-Sunday, May 17-19.

There are 13 four-team regionals, which will utilize a double-elimination format. The three remaining regionals will consist of two teams playing in a best-of-five series. Forty conference champions qualified automatically.


River Forest Regional
(hosted by Concordia University Chicago)
Friday, May 17

Game 1 - Baldwin Wallace (25-15) vs. Saint John's, Minn. (32-12), 10:00 a.m.
Game 2 - Concordia Chicago (38-6) vs. Buena Vista (24-17), 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Game 3 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (elimination game), 8:30 a.m.
Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, noon
Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser (elimination game), 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
Game 6 - Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 7 - Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, if necessary, 45 minutes following

Joining the Cougars (38-6) in the River Forest, Illinois regional will be Buena Vista University (24-17), Baldwin Wallace University (25-15) and Saint John's University (32-12). CUC is the regional's top-seeded team, followed by Baldwin Wallace, Saint John's and Buena Vista.

Buena Vista won the automatic berth out of the American Rivers Conference after winning last weekend's league tournament. Baldwin Wallace, which captured its first Ohio Athletic Conference crown since 1988, qualified as an at-large selection after suffering a pair of losses in the OAC Tournament. Saint John's finished a game back of Gustavus Adolphus in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season, but topped the Golden Gusties twice on the final day of the MIAC Playoffs to earn the league's AQ.


St. Louis Regional
(hosted by Washington University in St. Louis)
Friday, May 17
Game 1 - Washington-St. Louis (31-5-1) vs. Cornell College (24-16), 10 a.m.
Game 2 - Coe (33-5) vs. Aurora (32-9), 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Game 3 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (elimination game), 8:30 a.m.
Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, noon
Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser (elimination game), 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
Game 6 - Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 7 - Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, if necessary, 45 minutes following

Joining the Spartans (32-9) in the St. Louis regional will be host WashU (31-5-1), Cornell College (24-16) and Coe College (33-5). WashU is the top seed in the regional, while Coe is second, Aurora third and Cornell fourth.

Coe ran away with the American Rivers Conference regular-season title, but needed an at-large berth to qualify after being beaten in the A-R-C Tournament final by Buena Vista. Cornell is making its first NCAA Baseball Championship appearance after earning the automatic berth as Midwest Conference tournament champion. WashU won the University Athletic Association title but qualified out of Pool B as the UAA does qualify for an automatic berth.


Winners of the sixteen regional tournaments will qualify for eight, best-of-three series at the super regionals, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25. Teams are bracketed to have a predetermined super regional pod match-up. Super regional hosts will be determined by the Division III Baseball Committee following the regional round.

The eight super regional winners will then qualify for the pool play double-elimination championship at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday-Tuesday/Wednesday, May 31-June 4/5, 2019. Teams at the final site will be seeded to determine first-round matchups.