Baseball: Johns Hopkins earns top seed in NCAA DIII tournament's Mid-Atlantic Regional

Blue Jays, winners of 19 consecutive games, open tourney play vs. Lesley on Thursday

The Johns Hopkins baseball team has earned the top seed in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and will open its tournament run against Lesley on Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional will take place at PeoplesBank Park in York, Pennsylvania, home to the York Revolution independent league baseball team.

Hopkins—which owns a 36-6 record for the season and has won 19 consecutive games—is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament and its 13th in the past 17 seasons. Johns Hopkins is 38-39 all-time in regional competition with three regional titles to its credit—1989, 2008, and 2010).

Thursday's meeting will mark the first between Hopkins and Lesley. The Lynx (21-17-1 captured their first New England Collegiate Conference Championship to earn the leagu's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Hopkins has faced a challenging schedule in 2017, posting a 6-2 record against teams ranked in the ABCA top 30 at the time of the game and a 4-2 record against teams in the NCAA regional competition.

The remaining teams in the Mid-Atlantic Regional's double-elimination field are second-seeded Shenandoah, third-seeded Wheaton, fourth-seeded RIT, fifth-seeded Alvernia, sixth-seeded Elizabethtown, and seventh-seeded SUNY Maritime. Complete NCAA DIII tournament brackets

Tickets will be available at the gate; general admission adult tickets cost $8, and students can get in for $5. Children under the age of 6 are free.

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