May 16, 2005
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ROCK BASEBALL TEAM RECEIVES BERTH IN REGIONAL
SRU will face host West Virginia
State at 4 p.m. Thursday
ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University baseball team will
open NCAA Division II North Atlantic Regional baseball tournament
action at 4 p.m. Thursday in Institute, W. Va.
Rock (31-13) received the No. 4 seed in the four-team tournament
and will face the tournament’s top-seeded team, West Virginia
State (40-14), in first-round action on WVSU’s home field,
Cal Bailey Field.
other opening-round game (4 p.m.) will pit No. 2 seed West Chester
(36-12) against third-seeded and defending regional champion
winners of Thursday’s games will meet in the winners bracket
final at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, while the first-round losers tangle
at 9 a.m. in an elimination game. The third and final game of the
second day of tournament action is scheduled for 4 p.m. and will
pit Friday’s 12:30 p.m. loser against the winner of
Friday’s 9 a.m. game.
regional championship game will be played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday
with the “if-needed” game to follow at approximately 4
The Rock games from the regional tournament will be broadcast live
on the Internet at www.rockathletics.com.
The North Atlantic
Regional champion will join winners from seven other regional
competitions in the Division II national tournament May 28-June 4
in Montgomery, Ala.
Rock is making its 12th trip to NCAA regional
competition and 11th in Jeff Messer’s 20 seasons
as SRU’s head coach.
has won four regional titles under Messer’s guidance, the
most recent coming in 2003 when the tournament was played at Jack
Critchfield Park in Slippery Rock.
The Rock also won
regional titles in 1989, 1997 and 2000. SRU finished third in the
1989 national tournament and placed fifth in the 2000 national
this year’s regional berth by winning seven of its final nine
regular-season games and claiming a share of the Pennsylvania State
Athletic Conference-Western Division championship.
The division title was the 16th won by The Rock
since Messer assumed the head coaching reins in 1986.
West Virginia State won this year’s West Virginia
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, while Kutztown
beat West Chester in the PSAC title game.
The Rock did not compete in the PSAC tournament this year as a
result of being the “odd team out” in tiebreaker
criteria to determine the PSAC-West’s three playoff
# ROCK PRIDE