The Ashland University baseball team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, it was announced in an online selection show on Sunday (May 12) night.
As the No. 1 seed, the Eagles (41-11) earned the right to host one of the four-team regional tournaments, which will be held May 16-18 at Schoonover Stadium at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
This is the first time the Eagles have hosted a regional since they welcomed the event in Chillicothe, Ohio in 2009. It is the 17th NCAA Tournament berth in program history and the 16th under head coach John Schaly, who is in his 22nd season.
Ashland will play against No. 8-seed Tiffin (24-29) in the opening game of the regional on Thursday (May 16) at 3:30 p.m.
No. 4-seed Northwood (33-19) and No. 5 Bellarmine (32-19) will join the Eagles and Dragons for the double-elimination tournament. They will play on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Schoonover Stadium.
More information regarding the site and tickets will be released in the coming days.
The other split regional consists of No. 2-seed Illinois-Springfield (37-14-1), No. 3 Wayne State (34-15), No. 6 Quincy (32-18) and No. 7 Drury (30-23).
The winners of each split regional will square off at the site of the highest remaining seed for a three-game series May 24-25. The winner would move on to the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, N.C.