Eight-Team Field Set For 2015 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals
Published:Two multi-time National Champions and two teams making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance are part of the eight-team field as University of Mount Olive and Town of Cary co-host the National Finals of the 2015 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, beginning Saturday at USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Mount Olive and Town of Cary are co-hosting the National Finals for the seventh consecutive year.
Seven regional champions were crowned Sunday and the West Regional was decided Monday to complete the field for the double-elimination tournament. Two games are scheduled each day for seven days, leading to the Championship Game Saturday, May 30.
Tickets can be purchased online through etix.com or at the box office on game day. Tickets are $12 per session or all-session passes are available for $32. Tickets for seniors (55-over) and children (12-under) are $7, but can only be purchased at the box office on game days. Free admission for children 2-under. All seats are general admission.
Central Region champion Henderson State University (Ark.) takes on South Central Region champion Angelo State University (Texas) Saturday at 3 p.m. in the tournament opener. East Region Champion Wilmington University (Del.) faces Southeast Region Champion Catawba College (N.C.) at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m., Midwest Region Champion Truman State University (Mo.) goes up against Atlantic Region Champion Mercyhurst (Pa.). First-round play concludes with a 7 p.m. match-up between West Region Champion Cal Poly Pomona and South Region Champion University of Tampa.
Play continues with elimination and winner's bracket games. Game times every day will be 3 and 7 p.m.
Tampa captured its sixth National Championship in 2013. The Spartans are making their third straight trip to Cary and fourth overall. Cal Poly Pomona won the first of its three National Championships in 1976. The Broncos are making their first appearance in the National Finals since 1985.
Henderson State and Truman posted perfect 4-0 records in their respective six-team regionals in their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Henderson State was the No. 6 seed in the Central and posted three wins over teams nationally ranked in the top five. Truman not only set a school record with 35 wins, but recorded its first winning season since 1982.
Angelo State and Catawba are making their second appearance in the National Finals. Angelo State reached the National Finals in 2007, only the school's third year of sponsoring Division II baseball. Catawba, which was the only No. 1 seed to go 4-0 at this year's regionals, tied for fourth at the 2012 National Finals.
Mercyhurst and Wilmington advanced to the National Finals for the first time in program history.
Cal Poly Pomona and Mercyhurst joined Catawba as the three No. 1 seeds to advance to Cary. Mercyhurst was the only top seed to face the No. 2 seed in the regional championship game. Angelo State and Tampa were No. 3 seeds, while Truman and Wilmington were No. 4 seeds. Henderson State was one of three No. 6 seeds to reach a regional championship game this year.
For the first time since the National Finals moved to Cary in 2009, this year's tournament will follow a true double-elimination format as opposed to a winner-takes-all game between the two bracket winners.
Below is a list of National Champions since the finals have been played in Cary.
2014: Southern Indiana
2012: West Chester (Pa.)
2011: West Florida
2010: Southern Indiana
2009: Lynn (Fla.)