After working its way through the bracket of the NCAC Baseball Tournament, Denison (38-7) captured its first tournament title and the league's automatic bid into 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. While the Big Red earned the league's AQ into the national tournament, the NCAC learned that it would have two teams competing in the Division III tournament as Wooster (26-12) earned one of the 16 available at-large selections into the 58-team field.
This is now the fourth year in a row that the NCAC will have multiple teams competing for the Division III national title, as Denison will be making its second-straight NCAA berth after receiving an at-large selection in 2018 and Wooster will be making its 31st appearance. The Fighting Scots boost a 66-44 (.508) record in NCAA play and made a run to the Finals in Appleton, WI last season.
The Scots will host the Ohio Regional which includes Case Western Reserve, Otterbein and Rochester (NY). The four-team, double elimination event opens with Wooster taking on Rochester (28-15) and Case Western (22-13) facing Otterbein (26-16-1),
The Big Red will head to the Michigan Regional, hosted by Adrian College, at Nicolay Field in Adrian, Michigan. The bracket will also include Heidelberg and La Roche. Play will open with Denison competing against La Roche (30-13) and Heidelberg (30-13) going up against host Adrian (35-7).
Winners of the sixteen regional tournaments will qualify for eight, best-of-three series at the super regionals, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25. The eight super regional winners will then qualify for the pool play double-elimination championship at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday-Tuesday/Wednesday, May 31-June 4/5, 2019.
Denison opened the NCAC tournament with a 5-4 win over Allegheny, but then dropped a 19-3 decision to Wooster in Game 3. On Friday, Denison rebounded with a 7-0 win over Allegheny and a 5-3 victory over the Fighting Scots, forcing Game 7. In the 2019 NCAC title game on Saturday, the Big Red claimed a 7-5 win. After going 3-for-3 in the championship game, scoring two runs and earning one RBI, Denison's Cam Farren (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) was named the Tournament MVP; He hit .625 (10-for-16) with one homerun, four RBI and four runs scored in five total tournament games.
The Scots opened the tournament Thursday morning with a 10-4 win over Wabash and advanced to the championship game with a 19-3 win over Denison Friday afternoon.