INDIANAPOLIS – UMass Boston and the University of Southern Maine will represent the Little East Conference (LEC) in the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament, it was announced by the NCAA late Sunday night. The Beacons will be the No. 1 Seed in the New England Regional, while the Huskies are seeded third in the New York Regional.
The New England Regional will be hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Massachusetts, while the New York Regional will be hosted by SUNY Cortland at Falcon Park in Auburn, New York. The double-elimination regional championships will take place May 17-20.
Defending New England Region Champion UMass Boston earned the LEC's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament after winning the conference tournament for the second straight year. The Beacons enter this year's NCAA tournament with an overall record of 34-8, and are currently ranked fifth in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA and ABCA/Collegiate Baseball News polls.
This is mark the third straight NCAA tournament appearance for UMass Boston, and its fourth overall. The two-time New England Regional champions (2010, 2017) have a 12-6 record in NCAA tournament games.
UMass Boston will open the tournament against eighth-seeded Penn State Berks Thursday at 1 p.m.
Southern Maine is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA tournament after receiving one of the 16 available at-large berths in the 58-team field. The Huskies enter this year's tournament with an overall record of 27-13, and were ranked second in the final NCAA Regional Ranking prior to the LEC tournament, trailing only UMass Boston.
Southern Maine has a 73-48 record in NCAA tournament play. The two-time national champions (1991, 1997) have eight regional titles to their credit, winning three Northeast Region championships (1989, 1991, 1992) and five New England Region crowns (1997, 2000, 2001, 2013, 2014).
The Huskies will open the tournament against sixth-seeded Amherst College Thursday at 4:30 p.m.