INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 10 Salisbury University baseball team earned its spot in the 2016 NCAA Division III baseball tournament with its 9-8 victory over Frostburg State University on April 23 for the program's 13th Capital Athletic Conference championship for the league's automatic bid to the tournament. Now the Sea Gulls know where they will begin their postseason path, being selected as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, which is being hosted by Misericordia University at PNC Field in Moosic Pennsylvania; the Gulls will take on sixth-seeded Kean University on Wednesday, May 18 in the third game of day-one action at 4:30 p.m.
Salisbury enters the regional tournament with a 25-10 overall record, including a 12-6 clip in CAC play, before making its CAC championship run. The Sea Gulls won all four games they played in the conference tournament for the title and now make their 22nd-overall and 17th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Wednesday's meeting with the Cougars will be the teams' second of the season, with Kean coming away with an 11-3 win in Union, New Jersey on March 15. Kean holds a 10-5 all-time record over the Gulls, but only two meetings have come since the turn of the century, as Salisbury won the other 10-3 on May 28, 2011 in the Division III World Series.
The only other team in the eight-team regional that the Gulls have past experience against is Misericordia, the No. 1 seed, in a two-game series on March 9 and March 10 in 2006. Salisbury won both games, winning the first 29-3 and the second 11-1.
The Sea Gulls have never played any of the other five teams, including second-seeded St. John Fisher College, fourth-seeded Haverford College, fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston, seventh-seeded Salve Regina University, eighth-seeded Penn State University-Berks.
The winner of Salisbury and Kean's day-one matchup will advance to the winner's bracket and a game scheduled for 7:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 19, while the loser will play in an elimination game on Thursday, scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
The regional will continue through the weekend, including a single game on Sunday if it becomes necessary, with the winner of the tournament moving on to the College World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin, beginning on Friday, May 27.