Let the Games Begin: Webster Baseball Regional Preview

| May 15, 2013

The Gorloks are the top seed and the top ranked team in the Augustana/Central Regional, and the pundits’ favorite to advance to the World Series, for a second year in a row.

The Webster University baseball team will be looking for a second straight NCAA III Regional title as it competes in the Augustana/Central Regional, starting with a first-round contest against Ripon College (Wis.) May 15 at 12 p.m. Click here to follow live stats.

The Gorloks are the top seed and the top ranked team in the regional, and the pundits’ favorite to advance to the World Series, for a second year in a row.

In 2012, Webster landed in the Millington/Southern Regional as a fifth seed, with such high profile programs as Birmingham-Southern (ranked 7th nationally), Emory University (three-time World Series participant), and Illinois Wesleyan (national champions in 2010). The Gorloks swept through the regional with four straight wins, the last two back to back wins over Birmingham-Southern.

The Gorloks aren’t sneaking up on anyone this year, coming in as the favorite in a regional that may not have the ‘flare’ of Millington in 2012, but does feature; two former World Series participants, four teams ranked in the top 25 nationally, and a field of programs that are no stranger to regional play.

A review of all the NCAA regionals, including the Augustana/Central can be found at D3baseball.com.

Augustana/Central Regional teams by seed:

1. Webster (32-9)  

8th NCAA appearance. SLIAC Champs, SLIAC Tournament Champions. Knocked off #1, #2, #9, and #25 (Augustana) ranked teams on 5-1 Florida trip early in the season. Winning streaks of 13 and 11 games. Number one ranked team in NCAA III Central Region and 12th ranked nationally. 12-14 record overall in NCAA play.

2. Wartburg (34-9)   

11th NCAA appearance. Knights were Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions and are ranked 21st nationally. 17-20 record overall in NCAAs.

3. Augustana (32-9) 

4th NCAA appearance. Host Vikings won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship and ranked 20th nationally. 7-6 record overall in NCAAs.

4. Concordia-Chicago (36-5)  

4th NCAA appearance. Cougars won the Northern Athletics Conference tournament and are ranked 19th nationally. 0-6 record overall in NCAAs.

5. Adrian (31-13)  

8th NCAA appearance/Regional Champions in 2008. Bulldogs were winners of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. 13-15 overall record in NCAA play.

6. Ripon (24-14)   

11th NCAA appearance. Red Hawks were the champs of the Midwest Conference.  9-20 record overall in NCAAs.

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