Saints Comfortable Heading to La Crosse Regional
CSS Enters Program's 12th Consecutive NCAA Tournament with Momentum
Fair to say that the College of St. Scholastica runs Upper Midwest Athletic Conference baseball.
The Saints have won 20 straight regular season UMAC titles, and over the weekend won the program’s 19th conference tournament in 19 tries.
This year’s championsip provided the Saints with yet another automatic bid to the Division III NCAA Tournament, the school’s 12th in a row.
At 31-9, the Saints also won at least 30 games for the 17th time in 18 years, and head to La Crosse. Wis. for the regional riding a ten game win streak.
However, CSS hasn’t been past the regional stage in any of their previous trips to the national tournament under coach Corey Kemp, though this year’s Saints will be comfortable playing in La Crosse.
“It’s great to have that experience being down there, all our guys know what it’s like being down there and how everything works procedure wise,” said senior Catcher Jake Kushke. “And the feeling of being in the regional, it’s a bit of a different atmosphere. We’re lucky enough to be in La Crosse where we played this season and played the regional there last year.”
The Saints open the tournament against MIAC champion St. John’s. First pitch from Copeland Park in La Crosse is set for about 10 a.m.