Dowling and St. Thomas Aquinas Headed to NCAA Baseball Tournament

Dowling and St. Thomas Aquinas Headed to NCAA Baseball Tournament

Indianapolis, Ind. - For the second straight season, both St. Thomas Aquinas and Dowling will compete in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.

St. Thomas Aquinas earned the conference's automatic bid by winning their third straight East Coast Conference Championship. The Spartans swept through the ECC Tournament, culminating the three-peat with a 4-1 win over Bridgeport to move their record to 27-17-1 on the season.

As a result of their win, STAC received the No. 6 seed in the East Region bracket and will take on top seed, and host, Franklin Pierce. The Ravens enter the tournament as the No. 1 nationally ranked team in the Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 poll after winning the Northeast 10 Championship and finishing with a 46-2 record. St. Thomas Aquinas and Franklin Pierce have not met on the diamond since splitting a doubleheader in Florida in March, 2011.

For the second straight season, Dowling earns an at-large bid and the No. 5 seed in the field of six. The Golden Lions, who were ECC Co-Regular Season Champions, come into the tournament with a 27-15 record. They will take on No. 2 seed, Stonehill. The Skyhawks (33-13-1) were finalists in the NE10 Tournament. The two schools have played once in the past 10 seasons with that game coming in February of 2014. Dowling was victorious in that contest by a score of 5-4.

St. Thomas Aquinas is making their third straight appearance in the tournament and are also the defending East Region Champions.

Dowling is making their fourth trip to the NCAA tournament in the past five seasons and 10th appearance since the 2002 campaign. The Golden Lions were East Region runner-up a season ago, falling twice to St. Thomas Aquinas on the final day of the tournament.

The other two teams in the tournament are No. 3 Southern New Hampshire (30-12) and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Champion and No. 4 seed, Wilmington (33-12).

The double-elimination East Regional will commence on Thursday, May 14. The winner of the tournament will advance to the NCAA Division II World Series at the USA National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. which runs from May 23-30.

To view the full NCAA Division II Baseball Championship release, click here.