2017 baseball playoff coverage

2017 Division III World Series bracket The final bracket, with the eight teams in Appleton and how they fared.

Kay overcomes hurdles to become OK Cal Lutheran shortstop Austin Kay had to battle more than just a physical injury to get to the top of Division III with the Cal Lutheran baseball team. It was a mental battle as well. More in the final feature from Appleton.

Wehner delivers gem to force Game 3 Cal Lutheran came out with more energy and it showed as the Kingsmen forced a third D-III Championship Series game later in the day with a 12-4 win over Washington and Jefferson in the 2017 NCAA D-III College World Series.

Kingsmen trump Presidents to ascend throne Cal Lutheran had been in the championship game twice before and failed to win the title. There was no doubt as the Kingsmen won two, a 12-4 win followed by a 7-3 victory to claim Walnut and Bronze.

Presidents veto Cal Lutheran in Game 1 Washington and Jefferson took a big step to their first baseball championship with a 12-2 win over Cal Lutheran in the opening game of the 2017 NCAA D-III Championship Series.

W&J takes 1-0 lead in best-of-three Marshall Pautsch came back on two days' rest and W&J knocked him around en route to a 12-2 win, winning the first in the best-of-three D3CS. More coverage to come.

2017 Division III World Series bracket The full bracket in Appleton, updated through Sunday's early games.

Sotiros accounts for his future No matter how long Nick Sotiros and North Central stay in Appleton, the senior All-America selection knows his next step in life. Newly armed with an MBA, he's working his way toward becoming a certified public accountant. Austin Walther has more.

Derek Helbing has a big bat, for a closer Washington & Jefferson catcher Derek Helbing has hit 12 home runs in his life, all this season. And he's grown into the closer role for the Presidents as well. But he doesn't particularly like to talk about himself. We worked on that part.

Bracket finals today A short weather delay put us an hour behind schedule and it's been an emotional Sunday so far in Appleton as we play elimination games to start off.

North Central survives in dramatic walkoff Mass-Boston was eliminated in one of the most heartbreaking ways possible, when North Central reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the winning run to score.

Presidents win bracket, will play for title W&J will play for the Division III baseball championship for the first time in program history, qualifying for the best-of-three series with a win vs. Roanoke on Sunday afternoon.

Kingsmen to meet Presidents in finals California Lutheran used a five run fourth inning explosion to defeat North Central 10-8 to reach the Championship Series against Washington and Jefferson.

Roanoke to face W&J in bracket final Roanoke exploded for six runs in a chaotic third inning as the Maroons went on to eliminate the CUC Cougars 10-3 in an elimination game that opened day three of the NCAA D-III College World Series.

World Series trimmed to six teams On a beautiful Saturday at the park, we sent Oswego State and Wheaton (Mass.) packing, and Washington & Jefferson and Cal Lutheran each improved to 2-0 heading into Sunday.

Cougars feast on Lakers pitching Concordia-Chicago stayed alive in a 9-4 win over top seeded Oswego State, eliminating the Lakers in their first appearance in the D-III College World Series.

Presidential power lifts W&J Washington & Jefferson put up multiple runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings and made it look fairly easy, improving to 2-0 at the 2017 Division III World Series by putting a check on Roanoke, 11-1.

Beacons tame Lyons to stay alive Mass-Boston ended a five-game losing streak to Wheaton (Mass.) and advanced in the D-III College World Series with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Lyons.

Cal Lu slides into bracket championship game California Lutheran scores a 14-5 win over North Central in the last game of the day to advance to the championship game of bracket two, sending the Cardinals to an elimination game on Sunday.

Former World Series players get new perspective None of the current players at the Division III World Series has ever been here. But W&J coach Jeff Mountain and Oswego State coach Scott Landers each played in the D-III World Series and are sharing that perspective with their teams.

The first day in Appleton was a great one Washington & Jefferson pitched its way into the winners bracket, Roanoke kept its run going and North Central and Cal Lutheran advanced. Pat and Jim wrap it all up for you.

Presidents take opener Washington and Jefferson rode the bat of Nick Gatins and the arm of Bryce Schnatterly as the Presidents moved into the winners' bracket with a 4-2 win over Concordia-Chicago, ending the Cougars' 14 game win streak.

Maroons keep their run going Roanoke kept the offensive pressure on and got a huge performance out of the bullpen from a freshman as the Maroons edged Oswego State 8-7 on Friday in their opening game at the 2017 Division III World Series.

Cardinals take flight with three-run eighth North Central broke open a close game with three runs in the eighth inning for a 5-3 win over second seeded Mass-Boston to advance in the D-III World Series.

Pautsch hangs ten on Wheaton Marshall Pautsch struck out ten Lyons as he led Cal Lutheran to a 4-2 win over Wheaton (Mass.) to advance to the winners game in bracket two at the D-III College World Series.

World Series field is a fresh book The World Series field has one thing in common, it is experience or the lack of it. With so many fresh faces taking the practice field on Thursday, it will work to everyone's advantage having all the teams going through the World Series on an equal footing.

Who's armed for the World Series? You can't over-emphasize the role pitching will play in the Division III World Series. Even if the wind is blowing out and runs pile up on the scoreboard, a quality, rested hurler late in the game or late in the Series could be huge. Here's where all the key pitchers stand entering Appleton.

D3baseball.com World Series preview Who is the favorite? Who is most likely to disappoint? Who are the dark horse and Cinderella teams in the 2017 Division III World Series? Get Jim Dixon's take.

World Series scoreboard Follow live stats, video links and updated scores to every game at the 2017 Division III baseball World Series.

2017 Playoff Central More than 7,500 games were played this season to determine the playoff participants. Here is all the information as we march to crowning a National Champion.

Racing to the finish Three regionals were played today, and finally, weather was not a factor. Three games were scheduled with Concordia-Chicago earning their World Series bid early in the day. Wheaton (Mass.) won a close one and W&J needed two shots for their regional title.

Five teams secure their trip to Wisconsin There are eight trips to Appleton, Wis., up for grabs, and five of them were handed out today. Mass-Boston, Oswego State, Cal Lutheran, North Central and Roanoke each got one, but three will be decided on Monday. Here's where we stand Sunday evening.

Roanoke, N. Central surprising unbeatens; No. 1 out South Regional No. 6 seed Roanoke continues to surprise, defeating LaGrange on Saturday, while North Central (Ill.), the fifth seed of six in the Central Regional, remained unbeaten as well. Get all of Saturday's results here.

One top seed bounced, others extend season Three No. 1 seeds fought just to avoid going two-and-out, as more than a dozen teams will find their trip to the 2017 Division III baseball playoffs to be a short one. Track all of Friday's games here.

Wartburg throws no-no; two top seeds need walkoffs The opening game of the New York Regional ended in dramatic fashion, plus we had a no-hitter, two triple plays and much more on Day 1 of the Road to Appleton. We have live stats and broadcast links for each game, so follow the tournament on D3baseball.com!

2017 Central Regional preview Washington University maintaned a lock as the top team in the Central region and to increase competiveness, the NCAA moved Birmingham-Southern out of the South region and subplants the Bears as the top seeded team in the Sauget Regional.

2017 York Regional preview No region has produced more D-III World Series winners than the Mid-Atlantic region and the top seed in the York Regional is looking for its first titles. Johns Hopkins head coach Bob Babb has been here before and knows how to get his team ready for regional competition.

2017 Washington Regional preview The city of Washington, Pa., is already a crossroads, and Division III added to that by sending a traditional power and three of last year's World Series teams to the regional.

2017 Whitewater Regional preview UW-Whitewater is back in the Midwest regional and landed the No. 1 seed after winning the WIAC regular season and conference title. In a regional with familiar foes, only Adrian and St. Norbert makes the trip from outside the region.

2017 Harwich Regional preview The NCAA kept up their recent policy of moving teams around with three teams from neighboring regions in the Harwich Regional. UMass-Boston was tabbed as the top team with an upstart Arcadia coming in a second seed.

2017 Danville Regional preview The South Regional has not produced a National Champion this century but this could be the year this all changes. The list of contenders starts with the La Grange Panthers. La Grange brings in a number one ranking and the best record in D-III baseball this season.

2017 Tyler Regional preview The West Regional Championship in Tyler, Texas, shapes up to be another classic, as six teams meet at Irwin Field at host Texas-Tyler. Two of the last four champions have come from the West Region, Trinity Tigers in 2016 and Linfield Wildcats in 2013.

Playoff field announced Just after 12 a.m. ET, the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee announced the 56 teams that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division III baseball championship. And yes, two Pool B teams. And no ...

Our projected 2017 playoff field Who do we think gets into the Field of 56 and who is on the bubble? Here's our take on the 2017 NCAA regionals selections, and it starts with a fundamentally basic question: How many teams are we supposed to select in each pool?

Breaking down the at-large teams Thirteen teams got in via at-large selections, while seven teams were left at the table and even more never even got into the discussion process. Pat Coleman analyzes who got in, and who was left out, and tells you why, using the NCAA criteria.

Greeville headed back to playoffs Greenville is returning to its second NCAA tournament in three years as the SLIAC tournament champion. Greenville rallied from a 4-0 fifth inning deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the fifth and had to come from behind again in the seventh with three runs after allowing Westminster to regain the lead.

Elizabethtown wins first title Elizabethtown rebounded from Sunday morning's 5-1 loss to Susquehanna to shut the River Hawks down over the final seven innings of a winner-take-all game in the afternoon. The Blue Jays captured their first Landmark Baseball Championship with a 6-2 victory.

Keystone needs comeback for ninth straight title Keystone used a five-run seventh inning to overcome a four-run deficit to claim its ninth straight CSAC title on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 victory over Immaculata University in a winner-take-all championship game at PNC Field.

La Roche sweeps through AMCC The La Roche Redhawks are champions of the AMCC! The Redhawks defeated Penn State Behrend 6-4 to win their fourth straight AMCC Championship and their fifth in the past six years.

Macalester sweeps through MIAC tournament For the first time in the history of the program, Macalester won the MIAC Playoffs with a 13-5 victory over top-seeded Bethel Saturday afternoon. The conference title earns the Scots (26-15) the conference's automatic bid to what will be Macalester's first NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.

Misericordia wins rain shortened tournament The Misericordia University baseball team won their seventh straight MAC Freedom Championship with a 8-0 win over DeSales University, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Owls Field in West Lawn, PA.

Berks takes NEAC championship Penn State Berks baseball team took down Penn College, 7-4, in the NEAC Championship game on Sunday afternoon at Depew Field on the campus of Bucknell. The Nittany Lions won their third NEAC title in four years.

Tufts extends season with two game sweep for title Tufts completed a two-game sweep of Middlebury in the championship round of the 2017 NESCAC Tournament on Sunday with a 10-6 win over the Panthers which gave the Jumbos their fifth conference title.

St. Scholastica UMAC champs, again Grant Rindal pitched seven scoreless innings and Tyler Duex was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead St. Scholastica to its 20th consecutive UMAC Tournament championship on Saturday with an 8-0 victory over Bethany Lutheran College at Wade Stadium.

Cougars make it five straight titles Concordia-Chicago defeated Concordia (Wisc.) 8-6 after the Falcons played a marathon game just to make the championship game. The Cougars's win was their fifth straight conference title.

Earlham earns first HCAC tournament title The Quakers' took a step to history Saturday, beating Mount St. Joseph 5-2 for their first HCAC tournament since joining the league in 2011. Coming with it will be Earlham's first-ever trip to the Division III NCAA Tournament.

Ithaca wins first automatic bid with E8 title Ithaca punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday with a 10-6 victory over host and No. 14 St. John Fisher, 10-6, at Dugan Yard in the Empire 8 Conference final. Ithaca, earns the conference's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Otterbein slugs their way to OAC prize Otterbein culminated its redemption run through the OAC Tournament in prime fashion Saturday afternoon, blasting host Mount Union by a score of 14-8 to claim the title.

Texas-Tyler three-peats with ASC title No. 6-ranked Texas-Tyler Patriots earned their third straight ASC Championship with a 6-1 win over East Texas Baptist in 10 innings on Saturday at Irwin Field to finish off a Gold Bracket series in two games that both went extra innings.

Beacons win second championship Led by Tournament MVP Bryan Kaufman 12 strikeouts through 6.1 innings 22nd ranked UMass-Boston won the 2017 Little East Conference Tournament championship as they defeated the third-seeded Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth by the final of 8-6 Saturday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.

UW-Whitewater takes WIAC crown UW-Whitewater defeated UW-La Crosse 8-3 Saturday at Prucha Field at James B. Miller Stadium in Whitewater to capture the 2017 WIAC Championship for the fifth time in program history. With the victory, the Warhawks clinch the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship beginning next week.

Presidents win two and take PAC title The No. 18-ranked Washington & Jefferson baseball team won its 11th Presidents' Athletic Conference baseball championship by defeating Grove City by a pair of 8-1 margins in the championship round.

Knights take IIAC crown Wartburg won the 2017 IIAC Tournament Championship on Saturday, May 13 with a 6-1 victory over Coe. The Knights will represent the IIAC in the NCAA Division III Tournament next weekend at a site to be released late Sunday, May 14.

Wooster sweeps through NCAC tournament, playoff bound Junior Jake Fling became the fifth player in Wooster program's history to record a six-hit game as the NCAC Tournament MVP hit two home runs during a seven-RBI day to help lead the ninth-ranked Fighting Scots to their league-leading 17th NCAC championship with a 25-6 win over DePauw on Saturday afternoon at VA Memorial Stadium.

Adrian headed to NCAAs for 11th time after MIAA title win After Kalamazoo gave Adrian its first loss in Game 6 of the 2017 MIAA Tournament, the host Bulldogs bounced back to take a "winner-takes-all" and defeat the Hornets, 8-3, to capture their fifth MIAA tournament title.

Adrian headed to NCAAs for 11th time after MIAA title win After Kalamazoo gave Adrian its first loss in Game 6 of the 2017 MIAA Tournament, the host Bulldogs bounced back to take a "winner-takes-all" and defeat the Hornets, 8-3, to capture their fifth MIAA tournament title.

RIT rolls to Liberty League title RIT won its first Liberty League Championship, defeating Clarkson 9-4 at Tiger Stadium on Friday evening. RIT earns an automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, its first the program's 65-year history.

Salve Regina wins CCC series to win tournament The first-seeded Salve Regina defeated second-seeded Endicott in game two of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Series by an 8-2 score to capture its ninth conference title in program history. Earlier in the day, the Seahawks beat Endicott, 12-2, in game one.

Worcester State captures MASCAC title Worcester State's MASCAC tournament MVP, Kyle Sullivan pitched a complete-game shutout to help lead the No. 4 seeded Lancers to a 1-0 win over No. 6 Framingham State for the MASCAC tournament title Tuesday afternoon.

Castleton seniors go out 4-0 Castleton seniors won their fourth conference title as the Spartans defeated New England College twice to earn its fourth straight North Atlantic Conference title on Monday at Spartan Field. The Spartans took the opening game 9-3, before holding on for a 7-6 victory in game two.

Slam sends Lesley to NECC title Senior third baseman Mike Slaby hit a walk-off grand slam to lift fourth-seeded Lesley to a 10-6 victory over top-seeded Mitchell n the title game of the 2017 NECC Championship on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Roanoke takes ODAC crown and playoff bid Sixth seeded Roanoke needed two wins today against Washington and Lee and got the wins, sending the Maroons to the NCAA playoffs for the first time with the ODAC 2017 title in the trophy cabinet

SUNY Maritime is dancing for the first time For the first time in SUNY Maritime history the Privateers will be heading to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship following Monday's 14-2 win over the fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary Knights on Gregg Alfano Field.

TCNJ takes NJAC title in comeback fashion The College of New Jersey came from behind and seized victory in walk-off fashion to defeat Ramapo, 7-6 in the NJAC championship game. The Lions erased an early 5-0 deficit, and then scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win a thrilling contest in the final.

Arcadia's surprise season continues with MACC crown Second-seeded Arcadia scored three runs in the fifth then added insurance in the sixth and seventh innings of an 8-4 win over #1 Alvernia in the MAC Commonwealth Championship Final Sunday afternoon at PEOPLESBank Stadium.

Babson sweeps through NEWMAC Babson put up seven runs in the eighth inning and finished a perfect record in the NEWMAC tournament as the Beavers claimed the NEWMAC tournament title and pass into the NCAA regional playoffs

Kingsmen secures playoff spot with SCIAC crown With a 3-2 victory over Redlands at Ullman Stadium, Cal Lutheran captured its fourth SCIAC Postseason Tournament Championship in five years, and with it secured a spot in the NCAA Division III Regionals.

Johns Hopkins walks off with Centennial title Fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins won its 10th Centennial Conference Tournament title as freshman Mike Eberle hit a walk-off RBI single to drive in senior Tommy Mee for the winning run over third-seeded Ursinus. Senior Ryan Orgielewicz was named the Centennial Conference Tournament MVP.

Rhodes shakes off loss to sweep to SAA title Rhodes won back-to-back games on Sunday afternoon to upset top seed Birmingham Southern and win the 2017 SAA Baseball title. The Lynx rallied to win game two 11-8 before hanging on to win game three, 4-3 to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

CSI wins third straight CUNYAC crown Staten Island made their redemption song complete, after dropping the opening game of the 2017 CUNYAC tournament, they completed the comeback with 6-3, and 5-0 wins over Baruch to secure the title for the third straight year and 19th time overall.

Suffolk three-peats at GNAC shamps Second-seeded Suffolk claimed its third straight conference crown Sunday night at Fraser Field as the Rams shutout the fourth-seeded Wildcats of Johnson & Wales, 1-0.

Oswego State gets pass to playoffs Oswego State was awarded the SUNYAC automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs after the SUNYAC tournament was cancelled due to saturating rain in the forecast. The Lakers were the regular season champions.

2017 Regional Rankings - Week 2 The NCAA's second regional rankings were released on Thursday. Topping the rankings are: Southern Maine, Oswego State, Birmingham-Southern, Centenary (La.), Wooster, Johns Hopkins, Washington U., and UW-Whitewater. Check out the full list.

Gents go dancing with SCAC crown Centenary (La.) bounced back from a 10-9 loss in the first SCAC championship tilt to run-rule the Trinity Tigers 13-3 to capture the SCAC title and NCAA playoff invite. It is the first NCAA team bid for any Centenary team since 2005.

Linfield comes out of elimination round to win NWC title Battling all the way back through the loser's bracket and knocking off Willamette in back-to-back games, Linfield punched a return ticket to the NCAA playoffs for the first time in two years as champions of the Northwest Conference Baseball Tournament.

Salisbury rolls to CAC title, playoff ticket Salisbury score over 80 runs over five games to steam roll the CAC field to the CAC tournament title and the second pass into the 2017 NCAA playoffs. Salisbury won the title game 21-0 over Mary Washington.

La Grange first with ticket to playoffs Fourth-ranked LaGrange used another standout pitching performance to win the USA South Tournament championship Saturday at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium. The Panthers blanked Piedmont 6-0 to secure the conference's automatic qualifier.

Cardinals capture CCIW crown In perhaps two of the most dramatic games in program history, North Central entered the day needing two wins over Augustana in the CCIW Tournament and shocked everyone in attendance by mounting ninth-innings comebacks in both games to clinch the first CCIW Tournament title since 1998.

St. Norbert wins three games on the day en rout to midwest title St. Norbert won three games on the final day of the Midwest Conference Championship Tournament to win its first conference title since 2014 and clinch an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.