press release May 16, 2016
Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey baseball team earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. The Lions will play in the Mideast Region hosted by Washington and Jeffersion College.
TCNJ (30-10) will square off against Ohio Wesleyan (27-14) in the opening round of the tournament. The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18. The Lions are one of eight teams in the tournament that also includes Johns Hopkins University, LaRoche College, Widener University, Wooster College, Randolph-Macon College, and St. Joseph’s College of Long Island.
The Battling Bishops also received an at-large bid to the tournament. A member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), Ohio Wesleyan lost back-to-games to Wooster and Denison University in the conference tournament, but had enough wins and strength of schedule to earn one of 16 at-large bids awarded in the 56-team tournament. A total of 40 teams receive automatic bids from winning their conference tournament.
The other first-round match-ups in the opening round include LaRoche against Widener at 1:15 p.m., Wooster vs. Johns Hopkins at 4:30 p.m., and Randolph Macon vs. St. Joseph’s-LI at 7:45 p.m. All games will be played at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pa. The double-elimination format will run from Wednesday, May 18 through Saturday, May 21 with Sunday as a possibility. There are four, six-team regionals and four, eight-team regionals in the championship tournament. The winner of each region earns a berth into the Division III College World Series at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI from May 27-31.
Two additional programs from the New Jersey Athletic Conference will also compete in the baseball championships. Ramapo College, who received the automatic bid from the NJAC, will play in the New York Region hosted by SUNY Cortland. Kean University earned an at-large bid and will play in the Mid-Atlantic Region hosted by Misericordia University.