BASEBALL PREVIEW: NCAA Division III West Regional

2015 NCAA Baseball Championship - West Regional

Irwin Field (1,000) | Tyler, Texas

Tournament Central

NCAA Selection Release

 

Dates: May 13-16, 2015

Location: Tyler, Texas (Irwin Field/1,000)

Live stream: patriotslive.tv

Live stats: patriotslive.tv

Full schedule: NCAA.com

Full tournament field: NCAA.com

Postgame interviews: UTTylerPatriots.com

Photos: UTTylerPatriots.com

 

 

 

No. 1 seed Texas-Tyler Patriots (34-10)

American Southwest Conference

Automatic Qualifier

No. 2 seed Linfield Wildcats (30-13)

Northwest Conference

At-Large Selection

No. 3 seed Millsaps Majors (28-12)

Southern Athletic Assocation

At-Large Selection

No. 4 seed Whitworth Pirates (28-13)

Northwest Conference

Automatic Qualifier 

No. 5 seed Trinity (Texas) Tigers (33-12)

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Automatic Qualifier

No. 6 seed La Verne Leopards (24-18)

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Automatic Qualifier

 

GAME        DATE/TIME (PT)        MATCHUP
1 May 13, 10 a.m. La Verne 2, Texas-Tyler 0
2 May 13, 1:15 p.m. Linfield vs. Trinity (Texas)
3 May 13 Millsaps vs. Whitworth
4 May 14, 10 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
5 May 14, 1:15 p.m La Verne vs. Loser Game 3
6 May 14 Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3
7 May 15 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
8 May 15 Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6
9 May 15 Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7
*10 May 16 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
*11 May 16 Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10
     

La Verne Quick Hits

• La Verne opens play in the NCAA Baseball Championship West Regional Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT against No. 24 Texas-Tyler. The Leopards are the No. 6 seed in the region while the Patriots are the No. 1 seed.

• La Verne is making its 10th appearnce in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2012.

• Three of the regional opponents are ranked Top 25 in the latest NCBWA/D3baseball.com poll. Trinity is ranked 18th, Linfield is 19th and Texas-Tyler is 24th. Whitworth and Millsaps are just outside of the rankings with each receiving votes.

• A total of 56 teams were selected to compete in the regional playoffs. All eight regional tournaments – four six-team sites and four eight-team sites – feature a double-elimination format.

• The Leopards finished the season with a 24-18 record and claimed their first SCIAC Postseason Tournament Championship since its inception in 2013.

• La Verne is ranked 14th nationally in fielding percentage at .969

Javi Iniguez leads the nation in games started; he posted a 7-2 record and a 4.19 ERA on the season. He has been at his best on the road, going 4-0 with a 2.90 ERA in away games.

Nick Byrd has been the Leopards' ace out of the bullpen. He pitched 7.2 scoreless innings in relief to lead the Leopards past the Kingsmen, 4-2, and capture the 2015 SCIAC Baseball Postseason Tournament Championship. In all, he turned in 13 multi-inning relief outings, compiling a 5-4 record and six saves with a 2.59 ERA

Ben White was second in the SCIAC in RBI (48), fifth in batting average (.389), second in triples (6), third in total bases (98) and second in slugging percentage (.658).

• La Verne is ranked second in the nation in sacrifice bunts with 72 and Tyler Watkins is tied for first individually with 15. 

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