National Tournament Bound
Friday, 16 May 2014
The baseball and softball teams have both qualified for their NCCAA National Championships and will be competing for a national title on May 14-17.
In the baseball tournament held at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio, the Trolls are the No. 8 seed of the 10-team field. The No. 5 ranked softball team will join nine other schools at the Botetourt Sports Complex in Botetourt, Virginia.
The baseball tournament field is divided into two pools of five teams, which will compete in a round-robin format. In Trinity’s pool are No. 1 Oklahoma Christian University (OK), No. 4 Fresno Pacific University (CA), No. 5 Bluefield College (VA), and No. 9 Shorter University (GA). The Trolls open against Oklahoma Christian at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 14. On Thursday, they face Bluefield at 10 am EST and Shorter at 4 pm EST and their pool play will conclude on Friday with an 11 a.m. EST game against Fresno Pacific
The top two teams from each pool will move on to the semifinal round on the evening of May 16. The national championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST on May 17. See the complete tournament schedule.
Trinity enters the national tournament with a current 26-20 record, a record for overall wins in a season. As the only team to qualify in the NCCAA North Central Region, Trinity earned the automatic bid to the national championship. It is the program’s fifth trip to the national tournament and the first appearance since the 2007 season.
The softball tournament field includes 10 teams that will complete in a double-elimination format. The Trolls will face No. 4 Grace College (IN) in their first game at 2:30 p.m. EST on May 15. The rest of their schedule depends on the outcome of that first game. Bracket play will pair the field down to four teams by Friday afternoon and the championship game will be played on May 17 at 12 p.m. EST. See the complete tournament bracket.
The Trolls defeated Bethel College in two games of a best-of-three series in the North Central Region Tournament to get the automatic bid to the national tournament. It is the first time since 1992 that Trinity has qualified for nationals. The post-season appearance follows a season in which the team doubled their number of victories from a year ago, achieved over 20 wins for the first time in more than 20 years, and is one win away from tying the school record for wins in a season.
Follow the Live Stats
The games of the national tournaments can be followed through free live stats as well as through a video webcast that can be purchased at a nominal per game fee or full event pass. Links for those services as well as other tournament information can be found here: baseball and softball.