The SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer baseball team is the lone college team left standing. The Sagehens will leave Tuesday morning for the NCAA Division III West Regional to be hosted by Linfield (Ore.) starting on Wednesday.
The Sagehens (29-9) are seeded third in the six-team field and will open up against fourth-seeded University of Texas-Tyler at 7 p.m.
The field looks extremely tough with all six teams ranked nationally.Chapman is the top seed and is ranked the highest at No. 6. Then it’s Trinity (Tex.) at No. 9, Pomona-Pitzer at No. 11, Mississippi College at No. 15 and Texas-Tyler at No. 18.
Tyler is the top team out of the tough American Southwest Conference. Both Tyler and Pitzer were regional qualifiers last year, although they didn’t play each other.
The biggest challenge for the Sagehens will be rust. They haven’t played in three weeks. No matter how much you practice or how many intrasquad games you play, it isn’t the same as seeing live pitching and being in game situations.
Junior David Colvin gets the start. With him on the mound the Sagehens typically don’t need a lot of runs.
The Sagehens have five seniors, two of whom are starters. They have been to the regional three times in the last four years.