May 13, 2002
NKU EARNS NCAA BERTH
Norse to meet Saginaw Valley State on Thursday
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University baseball team received a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament Sunday night, and the Norse will travel to Ashland, Ohio, this Thursday to meet Saginaw Valley State University at noon in the first round of the North Central Regional.
NKU, now 35-22 after a 5-3 win over Saint Josephs College in the championship game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Sunday, will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1990. NKU - which has won 17 of its last 20 games - is ranked No. 20 nationally in the latest NCAA Division II poll.
NKU is the No. 2 seed in the North Central Regional, and Saginaw Valley State (35-10) is the No. 3 seed. Top-seeded Ashland University (44-11) will meet No. 4 seed Grand Valley State University (29-15) in the other first-round game at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Play will continue through Saturday in the double-elimination format. The winner of the North Central Regional will advance to the NCAA Division II World Series in Montgomery, Ala., May 25-June 1.
NCAA II North Central Regional
at Ashland, Ohio
Thursday, May 16
NKU (35-22) vs. Saginaw Valley State (35-10), noon
Ashland (44-11) vs. Grand Valley State (29-15), 3 p.m.
Friday, May 17
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1 p.m.
Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Winner Game 4 vs. Winner game 5, noon
(Game 7 if necessary, 3 p.m.