PREVIEW: Baseball Squares Off Against No. 25 Montclair on Friday to Begin Regional Play

ITHACA, NY – NCAA postseason play will officially begin for the Ithaca College baseball team at 1:30 pm on Friday, May 20 as the Bombers take on No. 25 Montclair State University in the Immaculata, Pa. Regional at Immaculata University. The host and No. 1 seed Immaculata plays No. 4 seed Keystone at 10 am

This weekend’s regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament and the winner will move on to play the winner of the Shenandoah, Va. Regional in the super regional next weekend, May 27-28, which will be a best-of-three series. This is the second year that the NCAA has moved to a regional / super regional format – the first season took place in 2019. Super regional winners advance to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which runs from June 3-8 .

REGIONAL SCHEDULE (FRIDAY):
Game 1 –
Immaculata (28-12) vs. Keystone (24-18) – 10 am | Live Stats | Webcast
Game 2 – No. 25 Montclair State (31-11) vs. Ithaca (30-12) – 1:30 pm | Live Stats | Webcast

SATURDAY:
Game 3 –
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 8:30 am | Live Stats | Webcast
Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 12 pm | Live Stats | Webcast
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 3:30 pm | Live Stats | Webcast

SUNDAY:
Game 6
– Game 4 Winner Vs. Game 5 Winner – 11 am | Live Stats | Webcast
Game 7 – If Necessary

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TICKET INFORMATION:

$ 10 per person per day ($ 5 for students with ID / seniors)

ITHACA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Ithaca will be making its 49th all-time trip to the NCAA Division III Championship. IC made 10 appearances (1955, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974) prior to 1976, which is when the NCAA established Division III. The Bombers earned the Liberty League’s automatic bid by sweeping the postseason championship with a 7-5 victory over Clarkson and then defeated Rochester, 8-7 and 18-5.

IC is 126-97 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has won two national titles – 1980 and 1988. Outside of the two championships, Ithaca has been the national runners-up on three other occasions – 1976, 1981 and 1986.

ITHACA VS. THE REGIONAL FIELD:
The Bombers have not played a team in this regional during the 2022 season.

In fact, IC has never played Immaculata or Keystone in program history, but the rivalry with Montclair State dates back to the inception for Ithaca’s program.

The Bombers and Red Hawks have met 40 times since 1931 with IC leading the all-time series, 22-17-1. The first five meetings took place from 1931-41 when Montclair State was known as the Panzer. Since then, IC and Montclair met regularly from 2000-13 – 23 total games between the two schools (13-10 in favor of Montclair).

ITHACA VS. THE NCAA FIELD:
IC went 5-4 against schools that qualified for the NCAA Tournament – 4-1 vs. Rochester, 1-0 vs. Wheaton (Mass.), 0-1 vs. Brockport, 0-1 vs. Cortland and 0-1 vs. Oswego.

BREAKING DOWN THE REGIONAL FIELD (BY SEED):

Immaculata University Mighty Macs (28-12)
Automatic Bid – Atlantic East Conference

The Mighty Macs will be making their first NCAA appearance this weekend after earning the Atlantic East automatic bid by defeating Marymount, 5-1, in the title game. Immaculata is 28-12 on the year and 12-6 at its home park.

Immaculata is fourth in this regional in runs scored but are tops in walks with 213, which ranks 33rd in DIII. Immaculata also capitalizes with runners on third base with 30 sacrifice flies on the season, which is 21st in the country.

On the mound, Immaculata owns the lowest ERA in the region and is 24th nationally at 3.94, as well as tied for the lowest opponent batting average at .262.

Josh Crowding leads Immaculata in average (.374) and home runs (three), while second in hits with 55, RBI with 40 and doubles with 12. Frank Margiotta is tops on the team with 56 runs, 56 hits and 23 stolen bases, while Joey Wright leads the team with 49 RBI, six home runs and 18 doubles (22nd in DIII).

Jason Hughes is one of the top pitchers in all of Division III with a 1.38 ERA as he has allowed nine earned runs in 58.2 innings pitched with 63 strikeouts. Hughes is 7-1 on the season.

Ryan Crowell is 6-1 in 11 starts with a 3.04 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 56.1 innings, while Trevor Wagner has seven saves (20th in DIII) with a 2.36 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 26.2 innings of work. Mason Keller is another arm that will see action this weekend as he is 6-2 on the season with a 3.37 ERA in 50.2 innings pitched.

No. 25 Montclair State University Red Hawks (31-11)
At-Large Bid – New Jersey Athletic Conference

Montclair is making its first tournament appearance in 13 years but has been a presence in the Division III landscape with three national championships (1987, 1993 and 2000). The Red Hawks will make their 28th all-time appearance this weekend with 99 victories in postseason play.

The Red Hawks possess one of the most potent offenses in the nation as they rank fifth in hits (543), sixth in batting average (.350), ninth in doubles (112), 13th in runs (402) and 15th in on- base percentage (.440).

The catalyst to that offensive prowess is Jorden Jurkiewicz, who owns a .406 average with 11 home runs and 52 RBI. Next in line is Peter Cosentino with a .369 average, 51 runs, 50 RBI, 17 doubles and nine homers. Myles Feaster is another potent bat with a .387 average and is one of the toughest hitters to strikeout in the nation, ranking sixth at 34.2 at bats per strikeout.

Montclair’s top arm is Patrick Cuccurullo with 92 strikeouts in 71.1 innings pitched, to go along with a 2.40 ERA and 7-3 record. Opponents hit just .193 against Cuccurullo.

A pair of relievers will factor into this weekend’s contest as Nicholas Sefick has appeared in 17 games with a 1.65 ERA and 5-0 mark with 21 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched. Sefick has allowed just 15 hits on the year for a .165 average. Jack Haveson is 13th nationally with eight saves on the year in 16 appearances with 35 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched.

Ithaca College Bombers (30-12)
Automatic Bid – Liberty League

The Bombers have been used to playing neutral and road games this season, as IC is 20-9 in those contests. IC is coming into this weekend with an 8-2 record over the past 10 games and has surrendered five or fewer runs in eight of those matchups.

IC ranks second in this regional with a .325 average, 465 hits and 100 doubles, while its 17 triples are first. The pitching staff is tied with Immaculata for the lowest opponent batting average at .262. The Bombers rank 24th in the nation in double plays turned with 34, while the 100 doubles are 27th.

Buzz Shirley has led IC all season in batting and has a .414 average in 38 games played. Shirley ranks first in the regional with 20 doubles (10th nationally) and has 48 RBI on the year. Connor Pedersen has collected the most hits of any player in the regional with 69 (26th in DIII), to go along with his .383 average and 16 doubles.

Louis Fabbo (.364), Nicholas Cutaia (.355), Matt Fabian (.346), Mike Nauta (.329) and Gil Merod (.313) are all hitting over .300 for the Bombers.

Kyle Lambert has logged 79.0 innings pitched with 80 strikeouts and a 3.19 ERA. Opponents hit just .223 off Lambert as he has gone 4-3 this season. Nate Scott (6-3, 4.13 ERA, 65.1 IP, 49 K) and Colin Leyner (6-0, 3.81 ERA, 49.2 IP 44 K) will also look to start for the Bombers in regional action.

Out of the bullpen, the Bombers can turn to Garrett Bellwho is a perfect 7-0 with three saves in 16 appearances with a 4.50 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 34.0 innings pitched. Matt Chase (11 APP, 26.1 IP) and Erislandy Rives (14 APP, 22 K, 19.0 IP) will also see action.

Keystone College Giants (24-18)
Automatic Bid – Colonial States Athletic Conference

Keystone has been a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament in recent history as the Giants have reached regional play every year since 2008. Two of those seasons resulted in Keystone reaching the World Series, and in 2016, the Giants were the national runner-up.

The Giants are one of the top scoring offenses in the country this year, ranking 37th at 8.9 runs per game. Keystone’s 210 walks are 37th nationally, while its 32 sacrifice flies are 14th.

Keystone’s offense possesses a ton of power with 44 home runs, which is tops in the regional. RJ Gouldsbury leads the way with 13 round-trippers this season, placing him 24th in the country. Gouldsbury also leads the Giants in RBI (54), hits (55) and runs scored (44), while his 15 doubles are second and .324 average is fourth.

JD Barrett will be on the bases all regional as he has walked 42 times this season, which is top 10 in Division III. Barrett is batting .313 with 38 runs, 34 RBI and 11 doubles. Chris Hadsall (41 R, 36 RBI) and Vince Montone (18 2B, 44 R) will also play major factors in Keystone’s offensive success this weekend as they are the top two bats in average at .348 and .344.

Nathan Hinkley is 9-3 on the mound with a 4.56 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 81.0 pitings innings. Brandon Valles (3.31 ERA, 49.0 IP, 47 K) and Patrick Adamski (3.63 ERA, 17 APP, 52.0 IP, 37 K) are some of the top arms for Keystone.

TEAM BATTING STATISTICS

AVG. RUNS HITS 2B 3B HR RBI BB SB
Immaculata .298 295 404 77 2 18 244 213 63
Montclair .350 402 543 112 14 33 357 191 82
Ithaca .325 340 465 100 17 24 303 198 67
Keystone .313 373 461 97 9 44 324 210 82

TEAM PITCHING STATISTICS

IP ERA CG SHO SV HITS SO BB AVG.
Immaculata 342.2 3.94 3 3 10 354 306 123 .262
Montclair 358.2 4.82 2 5 14 386 355 213 .276
Ithaca 357 4.97 4 0 6 361 329 184 .262
Keystone 361 5.68 3 2 9 393 276 183 .275

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