From Denison University:
GRANVILLE, Ohio– The years of close calls, near misses and second-guessing are over. Denison University baseball will play in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history.
After setting a school record for wins (32) while playing the most difficult schedule in school history, the NCAA selection committee granted Denison one of 16 Pool C bids.
The Big Red will travel to Holly Springs, North Carolina, to compete in one of eight regional tournaments on May 17-20 (May 21 if needed) at Ting Park. Denison’s opening game will be against fourth-seeded Christopher Newport (32-10) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Denison is the No. 3 seed in the South Region and is joined by top-seed Randolph-Macon (31-7-1), No. 2 the College of New Jersey (28-9), No. 5 Alvernia (28-13) and No. 6 LaGrange (28-16).
Denison is one of 58 teams selected to this year’s tournament. Forty automatic bids were extended to conference tournament winners. There were two Pool B (independent) selections and 16 Pool C (at-large) berths. The winner of each regional advances to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 25-29 in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The Big Red brings a sparkling 32-10 record into the NCAA Regional Tournament. The 32 victories broke the program record for wins (31) that was equaled in 2003 and 2004. Denison went 11-6 against regionally ranked teams and was 7-0 against the upper echelon of the Ohio Athletic Conference (Otterbein, Marietta, Baldwin Wallace and Heidelberg).
Denison’s top three starting pitchers — Perley Provost (10-1, 2.49 ERA), Danny Brackman (6-1, 2.77 ERA) and Taylor Perrett (8-3, 3.58 ERA) — have helped the Big Red post a 3.77 team ERA with a conference-best five shutouts.