Franklin Pierce University baseball team named second seed and host of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship East Regional

May 12, 2009

Franklin Pierce Ravens Baseball
The Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named second seed and host of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship East Regional, as announced Sunday, May 12 by the NCAA. The six-team, double-elimination regional will be held Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17 at Franklin Pierce's Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field.

RINDGE, NH - The Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named second seed and host of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship East Regional, as announced Sunday night by the NCAA. The six-team, double-elimination regional will be held Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17 at Franklin Pierce's Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field. The Ravens will open pursuit of their fourth consecutive regional championship against fifth-seeded Assumption on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

 The East Regional will open at 11 a.m. on Thursday when top-seeded Dominican faces sixth-seeded Wilmington. The late game of the first day will be between third-seeded Adelphi and fourth-seeded Dowling at 6 p.m. In an interesting twist of fate, all three first-day matchups at the East Regional will be rematches of the respective conference tournament finals.

Friday will see games at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. as well, with play opening in the morning with an elimination game between the losers of Thursday's first two games. At 2:30 on Friday afternoon, the winner of Thursday's first game will meet the loser of its third. Friday's nightcap will feature a winners' bracket game between the winners of Thursday's second and third games.

 From there, the matchups will vary, depending on how many teams have been eliminated at different stages of the regional. Three games will be played on Saturday, with start times slated for 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. In the event of weather delays, no game will be started later than 11 p.m. on Saturday.

The final day of play is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with another game to follow at 5:30 p.m. if necessary.

All games throughout the regional will be broadcast on WFPC-LP 105.3 FM and streamed online at http://athletics.franklinpierce.edu

Franklin Pierce (37-16) received an automatic bid to the regional after taking home the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday. It is the fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship for the Ravens, as well as the sixth appearance in the last seven years. Assumption (32-19-1) picked up the only at-large bid for the Northeast-10 after finishing second in the conference during the regular season and placing as the runner-up to Franklin Pierce in the conference championship.

Dominican (37-12) will play as the top seed in the East Regional after winning the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season championship by seven games and finishing as the runner-up in the conference tournament. Wilmington (27-27) upset Dominican to claim the CACC Championship to earn the conference's automatic bid and will travel to Rindge as the sixth seed.

Adelphi (31-14) picked up the third seed after earning an automatic bid by taking home the East Coast Conference Championship. The Panthers were also the ECC's regular season champion. Dowling (30-15) will play next weekend as the fourth seed after finishing third in the ECC during the regular season and falling to Adelphi in the final round of the conference championship.

The winner of the East Regional will advance, along with winners from the nation's seven other regions, to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Finals, to be held on May 23-30 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The 2009 season marks the 42nd annual NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, and the first year the finals will be held in Cary.

On Sunday, Franklin Pierce defeated Assumption twice, 25-6 and 6-1, to rally from a first-day loss to claim the Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the third year in a row and the fourth time in five seasons. The Ravens are the three-time defending regional champions and have captured four regional titles in program history. This marks the fourth consecutive season Franklin Pierce has hosted an NCAA regional.

NCAA Division II Baseball Championship


East Regional

Hosted by Franklin Pierce University
Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field (Rindge, N.H.)
Double Elimination
(Seeds in parentheses)

Thursday, May 14
Game 1: (1) Dominican vs. (6) Wilmington - 11 a.m.
Game 2: (2) Franklin Pierce vs. (5) Assumption - 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: (3) Adelphi vs. (4) Dowling - 6 p.m.

Friday, May 15
Game 4: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - 11 a.m.
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser - 2:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner - 6 p.m.

If four teams remain after Game 6, the following schedule will be used:

Saturday, May 16
Game 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner - 3 p.m.
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser - 6:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 7 Loser - 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 17
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner - 2 p.m.
Game 11: Game 10 rematch* - 5:30 p.m.
* Game 11 only necessary if Game 9 Winner wins Game 10.

If five teams remain after Game 6, the following schedule will be used:

Saturday, May 16
Game 7: Game 5 Loser vs. Game 6 Loser - 3 p.m.
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner - 6:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner - 10 p.m.

If two teams remain after Game 9, the following schedule will be used:

Sunday, May 17
Game 10: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner - 2 p.m.
Game 11: Game 10 rematch* - 5:30 p.m.
* Game 11 only necessary if Game 8 Winner wins Game 10.

If three teams remain after Game 9, the following schedule will be used:

Sunday, May 17
Game 10: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Loser - 2 p.m.
Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner - 5:30 p.m.

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Franklin Pierce University is a small, private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global.