GLASSBORO, NJ – The top-seeded Rowan baseball team opens its quest for the conference title when the Profs begin play in the 2012 NJAC Baseball Championship Tournament on Friday, May 7. Rowan will host 8th-seeded Stockton in a best-of-three quarterfinal series with games at noon and 4 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played at Rowan on Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m.
The Profs, winners of their last 10 games, are 19-3 and 17-1 in the league and have moved up to ninth in the national rankings by D3Baseball.com.
Rowan is seeking its first conference title since 2018 and its second under head coach Mike Dickson, who was named the NJAC’s Coach of the Year. The program has won a total of 16 conference titles over the years and has made 26 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
As the top seed, Rowan has secured the hosting duties for its games throughout the rest of the tournament. If the Profs advance to next weekend’s semifinal series on May 14-15, the games will take place at Surf Stadium in Atlantic City, due to a conflict with the University’s Commencement.
The tournament’s format was changed this year to all 10 teams are participating, with the top six teams receiving first-round byes and the higher-seeded teams hosting. #8 Stockton defeated #9 NJCU to advance to the quarterfinals while #7 Rutgers-Camden eliminated #10 Rutgers-Newark in first-round games. Fourth-seeded Montclair State will face #5 Kean on Rowan’s side of the bracket with #3 Ramapo hosting #6 TCNJ, and #2 William Paterson hosting Rutgers-Camden in the other quarterfinal matchups.
The NJAC Finals will take place on May 21-22, with a three-game series at the higher seed. The conference champion will earn the league’s automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Tournament.