May 14, 2012
For just the second time ever, the Saint Anselm College baseball team has earned a bid to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. The selection committee announced Sunday night that the Hawks will take part in the East Regional, which is being held across town at Southern New Hampshire University's Penmen Field from Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20.
The Hawks, who are 28-23-2 on the season and won a pair of Northeast-10 Championship games for the first time in program history this past week, earn the No. 4 seed and will take on third-seeded Franklin Pierce University (36-16-1) on Thursday. Saint Anselm went 2-0-1 against the Ravens during the regular season, but were beaten 12-8 Saturday as Franklin Pierce punched its ticket to Sunday's Northeast-10 Championship final, where it would fall to Le Moyne College.
The Penmen earned the right to host the six-team double elimination tournament as they grabbed the No. 1 seed with a 38-12 overall record. SNHU will play host to sixth-seeded Dowling College (31-17) in first found action. In Thursday's other contest, second-seeded and Northeast-10 Champion Le Moyne (40-13-1) will face off with No. 5 Wilmington (Del.) University (32-16).
The East Region champion will advance to Cary, N.C., with the other seven regional winners to take part in the Division II College World Series from May 26 through June 2.
The only other time the Hawks advanced to regional competition was in 2004 when they earned a bid to the Northeast Regional at Bryant College. The Hawks went 0-2, suffering a 2-1 loss against Caldwell College and a 12-7 defeat to Dowling.
Additional details will be announced, including game time, as information becomes available here, and on the athletics website.