The College of Wooster and University of Mount Union baseball teams have advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will play in the same regional.
Wooster is the No. 3 seed and Mount Union is the No. 8 seed at the NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Fighting Scots (32-10) will play No. 6 seed Thomas More (29-14), a school from Kentucky, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Purple Raiders (23-16) will play No. 1 seed Manchester (35-5-1), a school from Indiana, at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The regional is a double-elimination tournament.
Mount Union won its second Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament title with a 5-4 win over Otterbein on Saturday night at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta. The Purple Raiders’ previous conference title came in 1970.
Raiders outfielder Ricky Olasz, who went 3-for-4 in the victory with three RBI and seven hits for the tournament, was named Dick Fishbaugh Most Valuable Player.
Pitchers Gino Ceriani and Ryan Sason were also named to the All-Tournament team with infielders Lee Grosscup (Green), infielder Sean Mohney (Cloverleaf) and outfielder Justin Jakubik.
Wooster defeated Allegheny College 18-6 on Friday at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe for its second consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference championship and 15th all-time.
Scots outfielder Jarrod Mancine earned tournament MVP honors, posting a .733 on-base percentage as the team’s leadoff hitter. He went 6-for-10 at bat with four walks and a hit by pitch. Joining him on the all-tournament team were outfielder Zac Mathie, infielder Cal Thomay and pitcher Keenan White.
Akron-area players for Wooster are: Mathie, Jake Zeek (Dalton), John McLain (Northwestern), Craig Day (Waynedale), Brendan Taylor (Archbishop Hoban), Ian Vernier (St. Thomas Aquinas), Mike Ries (Field), Zach Woullard (Jackson) and Anthony Ciocca (Nordonia).
Akron-area players for Mount Union are: Grosscup, Mohney, Ben Atkinson (Carrollton), Connor Mathis (Firestone), Brad Fogle (Barberton), Evan Knott (GlenOak), Neal Greenho (North Canton Hoover), Derek Frye (Tallmadge), Jeff Bennett (Lake), Jeff Polen (GlenOak), Ryker Locke (Minerva), Tom Bekelesky (Firestone), Tyler Simcox (Ellet) and Wes Kemp (Lake).
Seven area players from Malone University were named to the National Christian College Athletic Association East Region team.
Named to the first team were Bob Suitca (Marlington), Jared Messer (Perry), Taylore Baker (Canton Central Catholic) and Michael Chack (Lake). Earning honorable mentions were Jesse Coblentz (Lake Center Christian), Jon Crank (Louisville) and Keanan Locke (Minerva).
Cleveland native and North Carolina State transfer Therany Dunnigan will join the University of Akron program for the 2013-14 season.
Dunnigan, a 6-foot-2 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining at UA.
“Therany is a player we recruited heavily out of high school so we are very excited to have her join our Akron family,” UA coach Jodi Kest said in a news release. “She is a true post player who is very strong, rebounds the ball well and can finish inside. She will bring athleticism and power to our post game.”
She played in 17 games at N.C. State, averaging 6.1 minutes and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Dunningan graduated from Midpark High School after spending the first three years of her high school career at Regina.
— Staff report