For the second time in five years, the Webster baseball team is one victory away from the school’s first NCAA Division III Regional championship — and a trip to the National Championship Tournament in Appleton, Wis.
The Gorloks will face Birmingham-Southern College at noon today (Saturday, May 19) in Millington, Tenn., needing one victory to claim the Central Region championship. Webster defeated Birmingham-Southern, 6-1, to remain unbeaten in the six-team bracket. Webster, now 34-12 on the season, has averaged 10 runs a game in six victories since starting postseason play in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
College TV Ticket will stream live video of the championship game starting at 11:55 a.m. (Click here to watch the Central Regional title game.)
Birmingham-Southern, the region’s top seed and No. 7-ranked in the country, needed a 9-7 victory Friday night against 2010 national champion Illinois Wesleyan University to earn today’s rematch against the Gorloks. Birmingham-Southern will need to beat Webster twice to claim the Central Region championship.
The Panthers had entered the tournament on a roll, having won 32 of their last 34 games in the regular season. But Webster is rolling now. The Gorloks, who entered the regional as the fifth seed, have won their three games by a combined score of 27-8, notching victories over Washington University, DePauw University and Birmingham-Southern.
Read about Webster’s road to the Central Regional title game:
- Round 1 — Webster 11, Washington University 5
- Round 2 — Webster 10, DePauw 2
- Winners’ Bracket — Webster 6, Birmingham Southern 1