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College baseball: Bulldogs heading back to St. Cloud as third seed in NCAA tournament

Minnesota Duluth is heading back St. Cloud this week for the NCAA Division II tournament as the third seed in the Central Regional to face No. 6 Emporia State at 8:30 p.m. Thursday after falling one win short of the NSIC tournament final last wee...

Minnesota Duluth is heading back St. Cloud this week for the NCAA Division II tournament as the third seed in the Central Regional to face No. 6 Emporia State at 8:30 p.m. Thursday after falling one win short of the NSIC tournament final last weekend.
The NSIC regular season champion Bulldogs (39-14) failed to add an NSIC postseason title to their resume following a second loss to Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, but earned an at-large bid anyway on Sunday when the field was announced. It’s UMD’s first NCAA tournament bid since 2003.
Emporia State (37-17), out of Emporia, Kansas, also earned an at-large bid after losing in the semifinals of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association tournament over the weekend.
St. Cloud State (35-8), which just got done hosting and winning the NSIC tournament at Joe Faber and Dick Putz field on Sunday, gets to stay home as the Central Region’s No. 1 overall seed and tournament host. The Huskies open against NSIC rival Minnesota State-Mankato (33-16), the eighth seed.
The double-elimination Central Regional also features No. 4 Arkansas-Monticello (35-14) against No. 5 Missouri Western State (38-18) on the Huskies’ side of the bracket while on the Bulldogs’ side, it’s No. 2 Central Missouri (38-13) vs. No. 7 Southwestern Oklahoma (29-14).
UMD senior first baseman Alex Wojciechowski enters the NCAA tournament with 101 RBIs this season. He’s three short of tying the NCAA Division II record of 104 set by Central Oklahoma’s Jarred McAlvain in 1997.

  • The Golden Bears, who beat UMD 10-1 in the second round on Friday, beat the Bulldogs again 11-8 late Saturday night in an NSIC tournament elimination game in St. Cloud. The Bears held the Bulldogs’ No. 3-5 hitters (Wojciechowski, Kyle Comer and Jimmy Heck) to a combined 0-for-15 with four strikeouts. UMD got all its offense from its two lead-off hitters as Brett Milazzo went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and a run scored while Grant Farley finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs. The game was tied 5-5 after eight innings, but the Bears scored six runs in the top of the ninth. Wojciechowski and left-handed pitcher Bo Hellquist were named to the All-NSIC tournament team.
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