May 22, 2012
Dragons open up vs. Kean
Riding a 22-game winning streak, the SUNY Cortland baseball team will get the NCAA Division III World Series underway on Friday in Wisconsin.
The Red Dragons (39-7-1) will face New Jersey’s Kean University (37-10) at 1:15 p.m. local time on opening day at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. Cortland is making its 11th World Series appearance, and fifth in the past eight seasons under Coach Joe Brown.
Cortland qualified by winning the New York Regional last week, beating host Farmingdale State 2-1 this past Saturday. The eight-team, double-elimination World Series is scheduled to crown a champion today.
Other opening day World Series match-ups on Friday have Missouri’s Webster University (35-12) taking on Massachusetts’ Wheaton College (38-9) at 10 a.m., the Minnesota’s St. Thomas (38-8) facing Virginia’s Christopher Newport (34-8) at 4:30 p.m. and defending national champion Marietta College (42-7) out of Ohio playing Washington’s Whitworth University (30-14-1) at 7:45 p.m.
The Cortland-Kean winner and loser will match up with the Webster-Wheaton winner and loser, respectively, on Saturday.
The tournament features three schools that have won national titles previously.
Marietta has won five national crowns (1981, 1983, 1986, 2006 and 2011), St. Thomas has won twice (2001, 2009) and Kean has won once (2007).
In addition, Marietta has been a six-time national runner-up, most recently in 2002, St. Thomas has placed second twice (1999, 2000), Cortland has finished second twice (2005, 2010), and Wheaton (2006) and Christopher Newport (2003) have each been national runner-up once.
Cortland and Kean have played only once previously, and that meeting was also in the first round of the World Series. The Cougars defeated the Red Dragons — 4-1 in 12 innings — on their way to the 2007 national title.
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