Level Loma Nazarene’s baseball workforce heads into the Division II NCAA West Regionals Thursday as a No. 1 seed, persevering with a roll that has lasted mainly all season.
Following a four-game sweep of Fresno Pacific, the Sea Lions completed with a 43-7 report – they had been 25-7 within the PacWest – and didn’t drop a sequence all season, solely struggling a break up final month by the hands of Oakland’s Academy of Artwork.
PLNU additionally set quite a few convention and college data as they completed among the best common seasons in class historical past by capturing the varsity’s first PacWest crown in baseball.
Now the Sea Lions are set to make their fourth journey to a regional and third previously 5 seasons. However this time they’re near house as Level Loma will play host.
The NCCA introduced seedings and schedules late Sunday. With an early bye, PLNU faces the loser of the 11 a.m. Northwest Nazarene-Cal Poly Pomona contest. The Sea Lions sport follows at 2 p.m.
Regardless of their success, the convention title was on the road going into Wednesday’s season-closing video games, as Azuza Pacific (34-16, 23-9, PacWest) remained within the chase. APU’s loss to Biola, assured Level Loma at the least a share of the highest spot with the chance to win outright by finishing the sweep of Fresno Pacific.
The Sea Lions received each video games, 14-7 and 14-9.
“A convention championship is an enormous deal. It means you had been good from day one and these guys had been good all yr,” Head Coach Justin James mentioned after the sweep in Fresno.
Level Loma’s wins are the many of the Division-II period for this system and the perfect posting because the 2003 workforce received 47 video games. The 43 wins additionally ties the PacWest mark for wins in a season set by California Baptist in 2012, and once more in 2014.
The Sea Lion pitching employees leads the convention with a 2.98 ERA, the fourth greatest mark within the historical past of the convention. The offense additionally set the tempo for the PacWest with a .308 batting common. The workforce additionally entered the weekend as the perfect fielders within the nation.
Prime performers included dual-threat Baxter Halligan, who tied the PacWest report together with his eleventh win this season on Tuesday, whereas additionally hitting .337. Nearer Cole Hillier logged 19 saves and slugger Otto Kemp hit 13 house runs and led the convention with 61 runs scored.
Correction: The unique story misstated the opponent of the Thursday PLNU NCAA Regional sport.