Friday, June 3, 2022

Baseball Championship Begins Today


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Baseball Championship Begins Today

Getting back to normal

The opening day of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship gets underway in a few hours at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Each bracket is set up in a double-elimination format. The winner of each bracket will advance to the National Championship Series that begins on Tuesday, June 7.

Bracket One

No. 2 Marietta vs. Catholic, 11 a.m. ET
No. 7 Salisbury vs. No. 12 UW-Stevens Point, 2:15 p.m. ET

Bracket Two

No. 1 Eastern Connecticut vs. No. 21 Baldwin Wallace, 5:30 p.m. ET
No. 4 La Grange vs. No. 15 Trinity, Texas, 8:45 p.m. ET

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2. Championship Preview

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Bracket One

  • Marietta vs. Catholic, 11 a.m. ET

No. 2 Marietta (43-5)
NCAA Titles (6): 1981-83-86-2006-11-12
Team Batting Average: 384 / Opponents: 241
Team ERA: 3.26 / Opponents: 10.23
Batting Avg Leader: Turner Hill, OF, 436
Home Run Leader: Damian Yenzi, 3B, 12
RBI Leader: Yenzi, 69
Pitching Wins Leader: Trent Valentine, LHP, 13-1
Strikeout Leader: Sam Mathews, RHP, 69

Catholic (34-14)
Team Batting Average: 301 / Opponents: 270
Team ERA: 5.96 / Opponents: 7.93
Batting Avg Leader: Peter Giombetti, DH, 373
Home Run Leader: Peter Giombetti, 15
RBI Leader: Peter Giombetti, 59
Pitching Wins Leader: Tucker Alch, RHP, 10-3
Strikeout Leader: Tucker Alch, RHP, 117

  • Salisbury vs. UW-Stevens Point, 2:15 p.m. ET

No. 7 Salisbury (36-10)
NCAA Titles (1): 2021
Team Batting Average: 305 / Opponents: 221
Team ERA: 2.94 / Opponents: 7.85
Batting Avg Leader: Kavi Caster, OF, 421
Home Run Leader: Caster, 12
RBI Leader: Caster, 61
Pitching Wins Leader: Jackson Balzan, LHP, 8-2
Strikeout Leader: Jimmy Adkins, RHP, and Balzan, 78

No. 12 Stevens Point (40-8)
Team Batting Average: 321 / Opponents: 271 
Team ERA: 4.35 / Opponents: 8.44
Batting Avg Leader: Lucas Luedtke, DH, 380
Home Run Leader: Aaron Simmons, OF, 20
RBI Leader: Simmons, 62
Pitching Wins Leader: Caleb Krommenakker, RHP, 7-2
Strikeout Leader: JD Schultz, RHP, 56

Bracket Two

  • Eastern Connecticut vs. Baldwin Wallace, 5:30 p.m. ET

No. 1 Eastern Connecticut (44-3)
NCAA Titles (4): 1982-90-98-2002
Team Batting Average: 338 / Opponents: 225
Team ERA: 2.90 / Opponents: 9.14
Batting Avg Leader: Luke Broadhurst, 3B, 425
Home Run Leader: Broadhurst, 13
RBI Leader: Matt Malcom, C, 57
Pitching Wins Leader: Bryan Albee, RHP, 11-0
Strikeout Leader: Billy Oldham, RHP, 104

No. 21 Baldwin Wallace (37-11)
Team Batting Average: 339 / Opponents: 252
Team ERA: 4.42 / Opponents: 9.13
Batting Avg Leader: Vincent Capolupo, OF, 381
Home Run Leader: Luke Vonderhaar, 1B, 19
RBI Leader: Vonderhaar, 68
Pitching Wins Leader: Drew Wilson, RHP, 9
Strikeout Leader: Dawson Gabe, RHP, 84

  • La Grange vs. Trinity, Texas, 8:45 p.m. ET

No. 4 La Grange (42-7)
Team Batting Average: 346 / Opponents: 259
Team ERA: 4.55 / Opponents: 9.29
Batting Avg Leader: Joe Ruth, 3B, 443
Home Run Leader: Ruth, 10
RBI Leader: Ruth, 82
Pitching Wins Leader: Bailey Coleman, RHP, 10-1
Strikeout Leader: Coleman, RHP, 85

No. 15 Trinity U. (37-11)
NCAA Titles (1): 2016
Team Batting Average: 339 / Opponents: 271
Team ERA: 6.06 / Opponents: 9.24
Batting Avg Leader: MJ Metz, 3B, 389
Home Run Leader: Brian Schaub, 16
RBI Leader: Schaub, 61
Pitching Wins Leader: Joseph Chavana, RHP, 10-1
Strikeout Leader: Samuel Conte, LHP, 79


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3. Pathway Program Participants

"The NCAA has selected its cohort for the 2022-23 Pathway Program, the yearlong initiative designed to prepare senior-level athletics administrators for the next career step as directors of athletics or conference commissioners.

The Pathway Program, under the direction of NCAA leadership development, is an intensive, experiential learning opportunity for selected participants who work at an NCAA school or conference in Divisions I, II or III. During the year, the 22 participants will be paired with and have regularly scheduled meetings with a campus or conference mentor.

The program is designed to help cement their leadership purpose and enhance their skills in areas that focus on strategic planning; fundraising; message articulation; diversity, equity and inclusion; organizational leadership; hiring processes; and engagement with search firms. The 2022-23 cohort will meet June 5-9 for a weeklong education session. The program will conclude in the summer of 2023.

The following Division III administrators have been selected for this year's program:

  • Nikki Ayers, Associate AD, Claremont-M-S
  • Katie Hine, Associate AD, John Carroll
  • Justin Newell, Associate AD, Kenyon
  • Asaundra Pickett, Associate AD, DePauw
  • Kellen Wells-Mangold, Associate AD, UW-River Falls

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4. Committee Openings

The NCAA is currently seeking nominations for the upcoming January 2023 vacancies.  Additional information can be found here.  Nominations will remain active for one calendar year.  There is a one-hour time limit on the nomination form.  Forms must be completed and submitted within that timeframe.  The deadline to submit forms for these vacancies is July 1. 


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