Head Coach Bob Babb and the Blue Jays play Wooster in the first game of the 2016 NCAA Mideast Regional
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament and the Blue Jays have drawn the number six seed and a first-round game against third-seeded Wooster in the Mideast Regional it was announced early Monday morning. The Mideast Regional will take place at Ross Memorial Park in Washington, Pennsylvania with action set to begin on Wednesday, May 18. The Johns Hopkins-Wooster game will be the third game on Wednesday with a tentative start time scheduled for 4:30 pm.
Johns Hopkins is making its 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first in the Mideast Regional. Johns Hopkins is 38-37 all-time in regional competition with three regional titles to its credit (1989, 2008, 2010). The Blue Jays went 3-2 at the Mid-Atlantic Regional last season and this year’s appearance in the tournament will be Johns Hopkins’ 12th in the last 16 years.
Johns Hopkins and Wooster have never met in the NCAA Tournament, but have met 10 times since the first meeting in 1982. Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series, 6-3-1, and grabbed a 9-1 decision earlier this season against the Scots in a game played in Fort Myers, Florida. Every game in series history has been played at a neutral site.
The Blue Jays will carry a 28-13-2 record into this week’s tournament, won the Centennial Conference regular season title and finished as the runners-up in the Centennial Conference Tournament. Johns Hopkins stood at 12-9-1 after its first 22 games, but went 14-0-1 in its next 15 games to move into position to earn an at-large bid.
The Scots, North Coast Athletic Conference Champions, are 34-11 on the year and have won 14 of their last 16 games. Wooster claimed its first NCAC title since 2013 and the Scots are making their 16th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The game between Johns Hopkins and Wooster will feature two of the winningest active Division III coaches in the nation in the Blue Jays’ Bob Babb and the Scots’ Tim Pettorini. Babb’s 1,070 all-time victories rank fourth among active Division III coaches, while Pettorini ranks first with 1,134.
Tickets for the tournament are $5 for adults and $3 for students/children. Tournament passes for adults are $15, while students are $10. Children ages six and under are free.
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