The toughest field in years

Nick Ramagli is one of our players to watch in the 2013 D-III World Series.
Kean athletics photo
Pat Lemmo has Ithaca back in the Division III baseball championships.
Ithaca athletics photo

D3baseball.com has been at the last seven championship and our roots go back to 1995. The 2013 D-III World series field is the most competitive that we have seen. Six of the teams entered their regionals as the top seed with a second and a third-seeded team to round out the elite eight.

The similarities extend to all phases of the game. Look at the best fielding teams and most of the teams are there. The same goes for team pitching and batting stats. Yes, it takes a team to excel in all phases of the game but rarely do you see a field that all teams have performed well from start to finish.

Championship Schedule
Friday, May 24 (All times Central)
G     Time     Matchup
1     10 a.m. Southern Maine (42-8) vs. Millsaps (38-12)
2     1:15     Linfield (38-7) vs. Ithaca (38-6)
3     4:30     Manchester (39-5-1) vs. UW-Stevens Point (39-9)
4     7:45     Kean (38-11) vs. Webster (36-10)
Saturday, May 25
5     10 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
6     1:15     Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
7     4:30     Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
8     7:45     Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Sunday, May 26
9     12 p.m. Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7
10     3:30     Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8
11     7:00     Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
Monday, May 27
12     12 p.m. TBD vs TBD
13     3:30     Winner Game 11 vs TBD
Tuesday, May 28
14     11 a.m. Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13
15     2:30     Winner Game 14 vs TBD (if necessary)

Every year since the NCAA went to the system of awarding bids based on winning the conference tournament, there has been a new team to welcome to the D-III World Series. Our newcomer is Millsaps. The history of these first timers is not kind, but occasionally they find gold. Time will tell whether Millsaps will go the way of UMass-Boston, Cortland State or George Fox. UMass-Boston went 0-2 in its only World Series appearance. Cortland State went 0-2 in its first appearance but has made a trip to the final round an expectation since 1995. George Fox has made only one trip to Appleton and took home the trophy. Which performance will we see from Millsaps?

Favorite: There is no dominant team this year, and if you go by experience the favorite would be Kean. Kean has come in with dominant teams before and left 0-2 (more on that later). It would be easy to just pick the No. 1 team in the nation, but that is not why we think Scott Brosius' team will take home the walnut and bronze prize. Linfield comes in with a deep pitching staff and an offense that can put up big numbers.  

Most likely to disappoint: The Cougars are not the kind of team that would disappoint but they have come in to Appleton and have not risen to the occasion, as evidenced by their current losing streak in World Series contests -- a record six. Kean's game with Webster will be key to how the Cougars do in the tournament. A loss could add to the monkey on their backs, but a win will go a long way to proving that they are back. 

Cinderella: Manchester is making its second appearance and is our pick to surprise. The Spartans carry a talented team into the finals, with a deep and good pitching staff. The team that kept the defending national champions out of the tournament is just the team to continue this run to the national championship game.

Players to Watch:
2B Taylor Stoulp, Webster (.339, 41 runs, 11 doubles, 43 RBI, 9 SB, .955 FLD%)
SS Nick Ramagli, Kean (.369, 45 runs, 16 doubles, 36 RBI, 20 SB, .973 FLD%)
C  Ryan Schilter, UWSP (.369, 66 runs, 15 doubles, 9 HR, 48 RBI, .992 FLD%)
UT Bryce Murphy, Manchester (.392, 64 runs, 43 RBI; 5-2, 1.10 ERA, 13 saves)
SP Pat Lemmo, Ithaca (11-0, 1.44 ERA, 5 CG, 66 K, .229 B/AVE)
OF Tim Wilson, Linfield (.420, 54 runs, 12 doubles, 30 RBI, 31 SB, .985 FLD%)
C  Wes Perkins, Millsaps (.428, 52 runs, 26 doubles, 60 RBI, .982 FLD%)
OF Tucker White, Southern Maine (.411, 73 runs, 13 doubles, 10 HR, 35 SB, .974 FLD%)

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