TU, Heidelberg each headed to NCAA regionals

It’s a postseason of firsts for Tiffin and Heidelberg.

Both teams advanced to the NCAA regional in baseball this past weekend. Tiffin made it for the first time in school history while Heidelberg will participate in the first year of the NCAA Division III using the regional/super-regional format as used in NCAA Division I and II.

Tiffin got to the NCAA Division II regional at Kent State University by winning the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, the first conference baseball title for the Dragons.

Heidelberg is making its eighth foray to the NCAA Division III regional, this time in Adrian, Michigan. However, this is the first year the Division III tournament will use the regional/super-regional format that is used in NCAA Division I and II.

The regional, super regional and championship finals tournaments are each double-elimination for both Division II and III.

The Division II super region runs Thursday through Saturday.

Tiffin enters the Midwest Region No. 1 as the eighth seed and opens against top-seeded Ashland, a former foe when TU played in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The other two teams in the regional are Northwood and Bellarmine.

The winner of that regional plays the winner of the Midwest Region No. 2, which includes Illinois Springfield, Drury, Wayne State (Mich.) and Quincy.

The super regional is May 24-25 at a site to be determined.

Super regional winners advance to the June 1-8 NCAA finals at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The Division III regional in Adrian runs Thursday through Sunday.

Heidelberg returns to NCAA postseason play for the first time since 2015.

The Student Princes earned one of the 18 at-large bids after sharing the regular-season Ohio Athletic Conference title and then reaching the OAC Tournament championship game, where they lost 7-3 to Otterbein.

The Adrian regional also includes Denison University, La Roche College and Adrian College.

The Adrian winner faces the winner of the Wooster regional, which includes Wooster, Case Western Reserve, Otterbein and Rochester (New York) in the first round of the super regional.

The other regionals feeding into the super regional come from Whitewater, Wisconsin (Webster, Wisconsin-Whitewater, North Central and Bethany Lutheran) and Chicago, Illinois (Concordia Chicago, Baldwin Wallace, Saint John’s and Buena Vista).

The super regionals run May 24-25, with those eight winners advancing to the May 31-June 5 Division III World Series, held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.