On Monday, the NCAA Division III baseball committee announced that the Case Western Reserve Spartans will be one of the 58 teams that will compete in this year’s NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
The Spartans were given a Pool B bid, given to independent teams (teams not associated with a conference) or to teams in conferences that do not give automatic bids to the tournament.
This is the fifth time that the CWRU baseball team has received a bid to the championship, having previously received a bid in 2011 (placing third in the NCAA Mideast Regional), 2013 (placing second in the NCAA Midwest Regional), 2014 (placing second in the NCAA Midwest Regional), and the latest in 2016 (placing fifth in the NCAA West Regional).
The team will compete in a regional round in Wooster, Ohio, from Friday, May 17 to Saturday, May 18, in a double-elimination bracket. The #2 seeded Spartans (22-13) will play first play #3 Otterbein University (26-16-1). The bracket is also made up of #1 seed College of Wooster (26-12) and #4 University of Rochester (NY) (28-15).
The winner of the regional round will move onto a super regional round, held from May 24 to 25, where the team will play a best of three. The winners of the super regional round will move on to play in the Division III World Series, held on May 31 to June 4/5 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.