CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2017 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Champion Lesley University baseball team drew Centennial Conference Champion, Johns Hopkins University in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, announced early Monday morning. The Lynx will face the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon May 18th at 1:15 p.m.
Making their first trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament, the Lynx concluded the 2017 season with a 21-17-1 overall record which included a 9-9 conference record under NECC Coach of the Year Billy Cather. In the NECC post-season, they upset host and defending Mitchell College with a 5-4 victory on the first day of the tournament before moving onto the championship following a 3-2 win over Elms College.
On the championship Monday, lone senior Mike Slaby (Foxborough, Mass.) gave the Lynx their first conference title launching a walk-off grand-slam in the bottom of the ninth for the 10-6 victory.
The Lynx will face a formidable opponent in Johns Hopkins, who is making their 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance including their 16th Mid-Atlantic Regional. Johns Hopkins is a 38-29 all-time regional competition with three regional titles to their credit. The Blue Jays finished the season with a 36-6 overall record and a 17-1 record against Centennial Conference opponents. Their lone conference loss came to Muhlenberg College on April 8th falling to the Mules 6-4 in the first game of the double-header.
2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
Thursday May 18th
GAME 1: 10:00 A.M. RIT vs. Alvernia
GAME 2: 1:15 P.M. Johns Hopkins vs. Lesley
GAME 3: 4:30 P.M. Wheaton vs. Elizabethtown
GAME 4: 7:45 P.M. Shenandoah vs. SUNY-Maritime
Friday May 19th
GAME 5: 10:00 A.M. Loser of game 1 vs. Loser of game 2
GAME 6: 1:15 P.M. Loser of game 3 vs. Loser of game 4
GAME 7: 4:30 P.M. Winner of game 1 vs. Winner of game 2
GAME 8: 7:45 P.M. Winner of game 3 vs. Winner of game 4
Saturday May 20th
GAME 9: 10:00 A.M. Winner of game 6 vs. Loser of game 7
GAME 10: 1:15 P.M. Winner of game 8 vs. Loser of game 8
GAME 11: 4:30 P.M. Winner of game 7 vs. Winner of game 8
GAME 12: 7:45 P.M. Winner of game 9 vs. Winner of game 10
Sunday May 21st
Game 13: 12:00 P.M. Winner of game 12 vs. Winner of game 11
Game 14: 3:30 P.M. Winner of game 11 vs. Winner of game 13
Monday May 22nd
Game 15: 11:00 A.M. Winner of game 14 vs. Loser of game 14