Misericordia, Texas-Tyler and Wooster make it eight

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Wooster's last two regional crowns were earned on Adrian's Nicolay Field. The Wooster Scots are the 2018 regional winner and the last time they won a regional was in 2009.
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Misericordia powered its way to two wins over Babson to wrap-up their pass to the D-III World Series. It was a different route for Texas-Tyler who scored four in the ninth to walk off to a series ticket. They needed a win earlier in the day over Rhodes and got one to force the winner-take-all game. Wooster took care of business against NCAC rival Wabash to advance to Appleton. They exacted a little revenge as Wabash was the team that defeated Wooster to claim the NCAC automatic bid in the NCAC tournament.

Friday's opening day games

Bracket A           

Oswego State vs. Texas-Tyler
Misericordia vs. Randolph-Macon

Bracket B           

Concordia-Chicago vs. Swarthmore
Wooster vs. Texas Lutheran

Fourth-ranked College of Wooster manufactured the go-ahead run on the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Fighting Scots captured their sixth regional championship with a 4-2 win over NCAC rival Wabash on Monday at Adrian College's Nicolay Field. With the win, the Fighting Scots punched a ticket to this week's eight-team NCAA Div. III Baseball Championships at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis. with action slated to start on Friday. The Scots are headed to the D-III World Series for the first time since 2009.

"It was a great game," said head coach Tim Pettorini. "I thought it was really well played on both sides. Big credit to Wabash's pitcher. I know he came back on short rest, but he went out and competed really hard against us. Our guys better. We really did a great job. We got down a run. I don't think there was any panic. We were very businesslike, they continued to stay at home plate and battle. The guys we put in the game pitching-wise all came through starting with Evan. He just did a great job for a first-year in his third start of the year. Then Wyatt, Nanak, and then what can you say about Andrew, to close them down like that was big-time."

For the first time in school history, the Misericordia Cougars are headed to the Division III College World Series. After defeating Babson 12-7 earlier in the day, the Cougars took down the Beavers for a second time, 11-1, to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. They will meet Randolph-Macon in game two on Friay in the first of two pools. The winner of each double elimination pool will meet in a best-of-three series to determin the national champion.

The Texas-Tyler Patriots have advanced to the Division III World Series for the first time in program history after a series of improbable events that started with an at-large bid to make it and ended with scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory over Rhodes to win the Central Regional at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. The Patriots won five straight elimination games, including a 2-0 win earlier in the day over the Lynx to force the 15th game of the regional and were the last team to punch their ticket to the national finals that will be played this weekend at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.

 “It’s an unbelievable feeling for our team right now,” Texas-Tyler coach Brent Porche said. “We have never stopped fighting all season and to come through the way we did is amazing. We didn’t win our conference tournament and didn’t even know if we were going to get a bid for our season to continue, but we really did believe that we were starting to play our best baseball and if we got in we would make the most of it. We had to go through it the tough way and had to battle today and got it done. It’s just unbelievable”