Redlands baseball team headed to Texas

The University of Redlands baseball team is headed to McMurry University in Abilene, Tex. for the NCAA Division III West Regional. It will be the first playoff appearance for the Bulldogs since 2006.

Redlands (29-11) will open tournament play at 5 p.m. on Wednesday against Trinity (Tex.).

Redlands, Concordia (Tex.), Linfield (Ore.), and Trinity all garnered automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament by winning their conference titles or tournaments. At-large qualifiers Texas-Tyler and Chapman round out the six-team field.

“We’re excited and we’re ready to go,” Bulldogs coach Scott Laverty said. “This regional is going to have five of the top 15 teams in the country so who ever gets out of here is going to feel pretty good about their chances at nationals.”

Laverty said senior Derek Johnson (12-2, 2.45), who leads all Division III in wins, will be his stater in the opener with sophomore Kyle Hart (9-2, 3.74) going in the second game.