The Keystone College baseball team will face Babson College in the NCAA Regional First Round, hosted by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, on Friday, May 17, with time to be announced.
Keystone (25-14) is making its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after sweeping Cairn, 6-1 and 5-2, to win the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Tournament over the weekend.
The Giants, who have won 18 of their last 23 games, have reached the College World Series twice in the last eight years and most recently in 2016.
The No. 4 seed Giants, winners of their 15th-consecutive conference crown and 11th-straight CSAC title, will play the No. 1 seed Beavers (33-7), the runners-up in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Tournament, after falling to MIT in the final.
Babson College, which is located in Babson Park, Massachusetts, will make its third straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance after receiving one of 18 at-large bids when the 58-team field was announced on Monday afternoon.
Babson set a new record with 30 regular season wins this spring and advanced to the NCAA Tournament regional final in both 2017 and 2018.
The other side of the bracket features No. 2 seed and host Trinity College, as the Bantams went 27-7 and earned a Pool C bid, and No. 3 seed Salve Regina, as the Seahawks finished 27-16 and won their third Commonwealth Coast Conference title in the past four years.
The winner of this region will face the winner of the SUNY Cortland Region that features the host and No. 1 seed Red Dragons, No. 2 seed Penn State Harrisburg, No. 3 seed Tufts and No. 4 seed Alvernia.
The SUNY Cortland baseball team received a berth into the Division III playoffs for the 27th straight season and the 28th time overall.
NCAA Division III baseball has changed its tournament format this year to a regional/super regional format. The winner of the Cortland-hosted regional will face the winner of the Trinity hosted regional in a best-of-three super regional May 24-25, with that winner advancing to the NCAA Division III World Series May 31-June 5 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The championship will be in Cedar Rapids for the first time this spring after a 19-year run in Appleton, Wis.