STORM LAKE - The Buena Vista baseball team picked up the program's third conference tournament championship on Saturday afternoon to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA DIII Regional Tournament which takes place May 17-19. The Beavers learned Monday morning during the NCAA selection show that they will be traveling to River Forest, Ill., to face #1 Concordia-Chicago on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The other two teams making up the four-team regional include Baldwin Wallace and St. John's.
BVU's last appearance into NCAA postseason play was in 2014 when it also earned an automatic berth and played in a regional hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) in Rock Island. The team picked up a 7-1 opening round win over St. Scholastica before falling to St. Thomas (11-5) and Rose-Hulman (4-3, 13 innings).
Buena Vista (25-17) enters postseason playing in 2019 riding a seven-game win streak and has won 13 of its last 14 games overall. The top-ranked Cougars, members of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), are 38-7 overall while Baldwin Wallace (25-15) and St. John's (33-12) round out the bracket.
Baldwin Wallace and St. John's will play the first game on Friday at 10:00 a.m. The winner of the regional advances to play in a best-of-three super regional May 24-25 at site yet to be determined.
Full Regional Schedule
Friday, May 17, 2019
Game 1 - 10:00 am - Baldwin Wallace vs. St. John's
Game 2 - 1:30 pm - Concordia Chicago vs. Buena Vista
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Game 3 – 8:30 am - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 4 – 12:00 pm - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 5 - 3:30 pm - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Game 6 – 11:00 am - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 7 – 45 min following - Winner game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary)