Seton Hill, Cal (Pa.) ready to begin regionals
When the Seton Hill baseball team won its first West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title last week, the Griffins did so with outstanding pitching and timely hitting.
That's the same formula Seton Hill coach Marc Marizzaldi hopes his team follows Thursday at 6 p.m. when the Griffins (35-19) open the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region tournament against fourth-seeded West Virginia State (31-14) at Owl Stadium in West Lawn, near Reading.
The game is a rematch of last week's WVIAC title game, which was won by Seton Hill, 14-3. Seton Hill, the third seed, defeated West Virginia State twice last week in Johnstown.
Kutztown (37-12), the top seed, will play California (32-16), the PSAC tournament champion and sixth seed, at 2:30 p.m. This game also is a rematch of the PSAC title game won by California.
Mansfield (38-12) battles second-seeded West Chester (36-12) in the opener at 11 a.m.
"We're going to follow the same pitching schedule," Marizzaldi said. "It worked last week, and we're hoping it works again. In every game, we got an outstanding pitching performance from one of our pitchers."
Brian Warheit, who started the first game last week, is scheduled to go in the first game against West Virginia State. Marizzaldi expects West Virginia State to start Ryne Holstine, who tossed a complete-game victory against West Virginia Wesleyan, in the opener.
Seton Hill had the No. 1 pitching staff and fielding team in the WVIAC.
"We're playing with a lot of confidence," Marizzaldi said. "These guys believe they're going to win. We know we'll have to play well to advance to the World Series."
Seton Hill played in the NAIA World Series in 2006. The Griffins joined the NCAA in 2007 and became eligible for the playoffs last year.
Senior catcher Pat Trettel, who hit three home runs last weekend, has 15 home runs and 78 RBI.
California picked a good time to get hot when it won the PSAC title. The Vulcans won four games, coming from behind in three games.
Freshman third baseman Evan King drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning in the championship game. It was the Vulcans' third PSAC title.