Baseball: Johns Hopkins earns spot in NCAA Division III tournament
Blue Jays, 36-8, will face Alvernia in first-round matchup
The Johns Hopkins baseball team is among the 56 teams selected to participate in the NCAA Division III baseball tournament, becoming the first team in Centennial Conference history to earn an NCAA at-large berth in baseball. The tournament field and pairings were announced Monday morning.
The Blue Jays, who went 36-8 overall this season but were denied an automatic bid when they lost in the conference championship game, will face Alvernia in the first round in Moosic, Pa., which is located near Scranton. The game is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Crusaders went 33-9 on the season and won their first Commonwealth Conference championship.
JHU and Alvernia are two of eight teams in their regional bracket, which also includes Kean, Keystone, Misericordia, Ramapo, Franklin & Marshall (which defeated the Blue Jays in the conference final), and Penn State-Harrisburg. The winner of the double-elimination regional will advance to the eight-team championship round May 24-28 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.
The field of 56 includes 38 conference champions and 18 at-large selections. The complete field can be viewed at ncaa.com.
This will be the 19th NCAAs appearance for Johns Hopkins, its first since 2011.