2016 NCAC Baseball Tournament



2016 NCAC Baseball Champions




2016 NCAC Baseball Tournament 
VA Memorial Stadium
Chillicothe, Ohio
May 12-14

Thursday, May 12
Friday, May 13
Saturday, May 14

Game 1: Wooster 9, Ohio Wesleyan 3 {Box}
                Game One Photo Gallery  

Game 3: DePauw 10, Wooster 9 - 11 Inn. {Box}
                   Game Three Photo Gallery 

Game 6: Wooster 5, DePauw 1 {Box}

Game 2: DePauw 12, Denison 5 {Box}
                Game Two Photo Gallery

Game 4: Denison 9, Ohio Wesleyan 3 {Box}
                   Game Four Photo Gallery 

Game 7: Wooster 10, DePauw 5 {Box}

Game 5: Wooster 6, Denison 1 {Box}

VA Memorial Stadium -- History -- Bracket -- Tournament Stats -- Tournament Program


Wooster (34-11) came out of the losers bracket to win two games on Saturday against DePauw (25-19) in the 2016 NCAC Baseball Tournament to capture is league-leading 16 conference championship. As league champions, the Fighting Scots have earned the league's automatic bid into the 2016 NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament for the 28th time in school history and the first time since 2013. 

The Scots opened their tournament run on Thursday afternoon with a 9-3 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in the opening round, before slipping into the losers bracket with a 10-9 extra inning loss against DePauw on Friday morning. The Scots then topped Denison, 6-1, in the final elimination game to set up the rematch with DePauw in the championship round.

Needing to win twice on Saturday, Wooster got a game-changing grand slam from sophomore outfielder Drew Tornow (Painesville, OH/Riverside) in the fifth inning the first game that lifted them to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers. Junior first baseman Jamie Lackner (Westlake, OH/Westlake) then went 4-for-4 at the plate in the "if-necessary" championship game with a double, three RBI and a run scored to carry Wooster to the 10-5 victory over DPU.

Lackner was named the tournament MVP after finishing the three-day event by hitting 10-for-16 (.625) at the plate with two home runs, one double, eight RBI and six runs scored. Lackner also tracked down the final out of the game on a pop up in foul territory to book Wooster ticket into the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time under legendary head coach Tim Pettorini.

2016 NCAC Baseball All-Tournament Team

Tyler Flaherty, Ohio Wesleyan
Perley Provost, Denison
Eric Zmuda, Denison
Wyatt Spector, DePauw
Jack Thompson, DePauw
Lucas Italiano, DePauw
Mike Hammel, DePauw
Michael Houdek, Wooster
Michael Wielansky, Wooster
Drew Tornow, Wooster
Tyler Schuch, Wooster 

MVP - Jamie Lackner, Wooster


Following the NCAC Crossover series last weekend, the field is set for the 2016 NCAC Baseball Tournament, which will be played at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio, this weekend, May 12-14. Please note, due to a graduation conflict, if Denison advances to the championship round, Game Six and Game Seven (if necessary) will be played on Sunday. 

In last weekend’s action, Denison (14-5, 26-12), DePauw (10-9, 23-17), Ohio Wesleyan (13-6, 27-12) and Wooster (17-2, 30-10) all advanced to this weekend’s four-team, double elimination tournament. Wooster swept its three-game series against Wabash (7-12, 17-23), while Denison, DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan all bounced back from game one losses to eliminate Oberlin (6-13, 14-26), Allegheny (11-6, 21-14) and Kenyon (7-10, 21-17), respectively. In the final series of the weekend to determine ninth and 10th place in the final NCAC standings, Wittenberg (4-15, 12-27) won two-of-three against Hiram (4-15, 7-28) in Springfield. 

Wooster, which leads the league with 15 NCAC baseball titles, will open play in the tournament on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. against Ohio Wesleyan. OWU, which last won the NCAC title in 2008, is making its second-straight appearance in the NCAC Baseball Tournament. In the other opening-round game on Thursday, Denison will take on DePauw at 8:00 p.m. Denison is making its third appearance in Chillicothe in the last four years and is in search of its first NCAC baseball title in program history, while DePauw returns to the field of four this season after winning the NCAC title in 2014.

The double elimination tournament continues on Friday afternoon with the winners of Thursday’s first two contests squaring off at 12:00 p.m. with a slot in the championship round on the line, while the losers of Thursday’s first two games will meet on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in an elimination game.  

The final slot in the championship round will be determined on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with the winner of game four taking on the loser of game three. The first championship game will be played on Saturday or Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with game seven set for 30 minutes following the conclusion of game six.  

Please note, should Denison advance to the championship round, games six and seven (if necessary) would be played on Sunday due to Denison’s graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

Wooster leads the league with 15 NCAC titles, while Ohio Wesleyan has captured 10 conference crowns, Allegheny four and DePauw, Oberlin and Wabash with one apiece. The only shared title came in 1985 when the Fighting Scots and Gators shared the crown in the NCAC’s inaugural season.

TICKETS: The prices for admission to the 2016 NCAC Baseball Tournament are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. Each ticket is good for one day of admission at the tournament.