College Baseball

Hawks to play in fourth straight NCAA tournament

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2018 1:30 am

OZARK, Mo. -- The Quincy University baseball players watched the NCAA Division II national tournament selection show with intrigue, not anxiety.

Earning the Great Lakes Valley Confernece's automatic qualifier took care of that.

Sunday's 8-4 victory over Indianapolis in the championship game of the GLVC Tournament guaranteed the Hawks their fourth straight NCAA appearance. A couple hours later, the Hawks learned they are the fifth seed in the Midwest Regional and will open against fourth-seeded Ohio Dominican, an at-large qualifier from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

"We approach it in a similar way (to the GLVC Tournament)," QU junior left fielder Chandler Purcell said. "It's double elimination. So we just go out there and try to win every game, every pitch."

The Hawks and Panthers will play in the regional's first game at 10 a.m. Thursday at Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield, Ill.

Top-seeded Illinois-Springfield will play host to the regional.

"The is not a new situation for us," senior right fielder Matt Hilmes said. "All four years we've been able to do this, so we have the experience to know what we're up against."

This is the ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and the fourth straight. It is the fifth NCAA appearance in QU coach Josh Rabe's eight seasons in charge.

"It's beautiful," Rabe said. "I don't the guys, ‘Winning is hard. You should be really, really proud of what you've done.' We're not done by any means, but they need to understand this is pretty special."

Quincy is one of four GLVC teams to earn NCAA bids.

Illinois-Springfield (45-7) has been the No. 1-ranked team in the region throughout the season and will face eighth-seeded Hillsdale (26-28), whicb won the GMAC championship and automatic berth. Quincy and Ohio Dominican are on the same side of the bracket as UIS and Hillsdale.

On the bottom half of the bracekt, Bellarmine (37-17) is the No. 2 seed and will open against seventh-seeded Southern Indiana (32-21). Third-seeded Northwood (38-14) won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and will face fellow GLIAC member Ashland (32-20), which is the sixth seed.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

Midwest Regional

At Robin Roberts Stadium

Springfield, Ill.

Thursday's game

No. 5 Quincy (39-16) vs. No. 4 Ohio Dominican (32-15), 10 a.m.

No. 8 Hillsdale (26-28) vs. No. 1 Illinois-Springfield (45-7), 1:30 p.m.

No. 7 Southern Indiana (32-21) vs. No. 2 Bellarmine (37-17), 5 p.m.

No. 6 Ashland (32-20) vs. No. 3 Northwood (38-14), 8:30 p.m.

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