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UW-Whitewater earns at-large bid, No. 2 seed for own regional

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Gazette staff
May 17, 2011
— UW-Whitewater isnít just the host for the NCAA Division III regional baseball tournament this week on Prucha Field at James Miller Stadium.

The Warhawks (32-11), who finished second in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season, also will be participants after receiving an at-large postseason berth Monday and being named the regionalís No. 2 seed.


Whitewater plays fifth-seeded St. Thomas (27-16) of St. Paul, Minn., in a first-round game at 1 p.m. Wednesday.


The opening day begins with top-seeded UW-Stevens Point (32-8), the WIAC regular-season and tournament champion, going against sixth-seeded Aurora (Ill.) University (30-12) at 10 a.m. Third-seeded St. Scholastica (35-5) of Duluth, Minn., plays fourth-seeded Hamline University (28-13) of St. Paul at 4 p.m.


Games in the double-elimination tournament also are scheduled for 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday games, if necessary, are set for noon and 3 p.m.


The national tournament field includes 55 teams. Eight regional champions advance to the Division III World Series, set for May 27-31 at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.


Illinois Wesleyan is the defending national champion. St. Thomas took the title 2009.


Five of the six teams that were in the 2010 Whitewater Regional return to Miller Stadium. Hamline is the only newcomer.


Whitewater is making its 14th NCAA appearance. The Warhawks have advanced to the World Series four times and won the 2005 national championship.


This is the 13th appearance for Stevens Point. The Pointers have never won the national championship.


Whitewater and Stevens Point split their regular-season series this spring, 2-2. The Pointers edged the Warhawks, 6-5, last weekend in their only WIAC tournament meeting. Whitewater then was eliminated with a 2-1 loss to UW-Oshkosh, a team the Warhawks had beaten 21-2 in the first round.


Regional tickets, which will be sold at the gate, are $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, students and children. A ticket good all three games that day.



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