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Eastern Connecticut and Little East Co-Host NCAA New England Baseballl Regional

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University and the Little East Conference will co-host the 2010 NCAA Division III Baseball New England Regional Championship at the Eastern Connecticut Baseball Stadium beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will feature six conference champions and two at-large selections from the 55-team national field.

The first day of competition will feature four contests: No. 5 Worcester State College 31-9-1) at No. 4 Eastern Connecticut State University (30-12) at 10 a.m.; No. 8 Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) (32-11) vs. No. 1 Tufts University (31-5) at 1:15 p.m.; No. 6 Westfield State College(30-9) vs. No. 3 Western New England College (33-10) at 4:30 p.m.; and No. 7 University of Massachusetts Boston (28-15) vs. No. 2 Wheaton College, MA (32-8) at 7:45 p.m. Eastern and Westfield State are the only returnees from last year’s field.

Eastern is making its 31st NCAA appearance (fifth straight), Westfield State its ninth, Wheaton its ninth (fifth in six years) Western New England its seventh (fifth straight), Worcester State its fifth, Saint Joseph’s its fourth (in five years), Tufts its third (first since 2002), and UMass Boston its first.

Tufts qualified by winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, Wheaton the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, Western New England the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, Worcester State the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), UMass Boston the Little East Conference (LEC) trophy and Saint Joseph’s the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title. Eastern was selected on an at-large basis out of the LEC and Westfield State out of the MASCAC.

In 1993, the NCAA Division III Championship Committee separated the Northeast Region into the New England and New York Regions, respectively, to expand to championship tournament to its present eight region field. An institution from the Little East Conference has captured 10 of the 17 past championships with Eastern Connecticut winning seven and Southern Maine raising the trophy three times. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has won four championships, while the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) sport two and one title, respectively. Last season, the Bantams hoisted the regional championship tournament for the second straight season.

Fans unable to make the trip to Mansfield, Conn. can catch all the action live on the official Web site of the 2010 NCAA Division III New England Regional. Eastern Connecticut and the Little East Conference will be video-streaming each game free of charge live on LittleEast.tv. The Eastern Connecticut athletic department will also be running real-time statistics. The tournament Web site will also feature a blog and photo gallery for each contest.

The Mansfield Regional champion opens national tournament play Friday, May 28 at 2:15 p.m. ET against the winner of the McMinnville, OR Regional. Chapman University is the top seed in that region.

Covering The Field

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY WARRIORS
Head Coach: Bill Holowaty, 42nd Year (Current Record: 1,318-486-6)
NCAA Tournament Record: 113-59 (.657)
Seed: No. 4 NCAA Appearance (last): 31st (2009)
National Championships (last): 4 (2002)
New England Championships (last): 7 (2007)
Conference: Little East Conference (LEC)
How selected: At-Large

MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON BEACONS
Head Coach: Brendan Eygabroat , 6th Year (Current Record: 117-122)
NCAA Tournament Record: 0-0
Seed: No. 7 NCAA Appearance 1st
Conference: Little East Conference (LEC)
How selected: LEC Tournament Champion

SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE MONKS
Head Coach: Will Sanborn, 18th Year (Current Record: 468-271-6)
NCAA Tournament Record: 1-6 (.143)
Seed: No. 8 NCAA Appearance (last): 4th (2008)
National Championships: 0
New England Championships: 0
Conference: Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)
How selected: GNAC Tournament Champion

TUFTS UNIVERSITY JUMBOS
Head Coach: John Casey, 27th season (Current Record: 500-322-3)
NCAA Tournament Record: 2-4 (..333)
Seed: No. 1 NCAA Appearance (last): 3rd (2002)
National Championships 0
New England Championships 0
Conference: New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
How selected: NESCAC tournament champion

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE GOLDEN BEARS
Head Coach: Matt LaBranche, 11th year (Current Record: 314-148)
NCAA Tournament Record: 8-12 (.400)
Seed: No. 3 NCAA Appearance (last): 7th (2009)
National Championships 0
New England Championships: 0
Conference: Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)
How selected: CCC Tournament Champion

WESTFIELD STATE COLLEGE OWLS
Head Coach: Ray Arra, 6th Year (Current Record: 126-99)
NCAA Tournament Record: 4-16 (.200)
Seed: No. 6 NCAA Appearance (last): 9th (2009)
National Championships 0
New England Championships: 0
Conference: Mass. State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC)
How selected: At-Large

WHEATON COLLEGE LYONS
Head Coach: Eric Podbelski, 13th year (Current Record: 400-153-4)
NCAA Tournament Record: 20-16 (.556)
Seed: No. 2 NCAA Appearance (last): 9th (2008)
National Championships 0
New England Championships (last): 1 (2006)
Conference: Mass. State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC)
How selected: At-Large

WORCESTER STATE COLLEGE
Head Coach: Dirk Baker, 14th year (Current Record: 300-177-1)
NCAA Tournament Record: 2-8
Seed: No. 5 NCAA Appearance 5th
National Championships 0
New England Championships: 0
Conference: Mass. State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC)
How selected: MASCAC Tournament Champion

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