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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 1:52 am 
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Winston-Salem State will submit a bid to be the host for the Division II Atlantic Region baseball tournament according to reports in the Winston-Salem Journal. This will be a great visitor event for the City and works to expand our sports hosting opportunities! Excellent news should they win!! :cheers:

Officials at WSSU and Wake Forest have been working together on a presentation, and if WSSU’s bid is successful, the regional will be May 15-19 at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. WSSU plays home games at BB&T Ballpark — the home of the Winston-Salem Dash, which has Carolina League games scheduled during the regional. Coach Kevin Ritsche of WSSU said he won’t know where his team will play until Sunday night, when the tournament’s 48-team field is announced. “Right now, we are No. 1 in the region rankings,” said Ritsche, whose team took a 38-10 record into Monday’s scheduled regular-season finale at Francis Marion. “We feel like we deserve to be the host, especially if we are still No. 1 in the region when the next rankings come out.”

Ritsche said that two Pennsylvania schools — No. 2-ranked Millersville and No. 3 Seton Hill — also will bid for the regional before today’s deadline. Before WSSU could submit a bid, it needed a place to play, and that led to discussions with Wake Forest. “Wake Forest has done an excellent job in working with us, and they want to help,” Ritsche said. “Corey Jenkins (the director of event management and facilities at Wake Forest) has kept in contact with us, and it’s been a good process.”

Ritsche said that Anthony Bennett of WSSU, an assistant athletics director, also has worked overtime trying to find a place to play. Officials with the NCAA and the committee in charge of the Atlantic Region will pick the host for the six-team regional tournament. “Based on the region and the rankings, I think we have a good shot,” Ritsche said. “So we’ll wait and see how it plays out.”


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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 11:21 am 
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Wake and WSSU can do big things together. Much respect to Wake! I would love to see more collaborations like this in the future.


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This would be great - I hope it works


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 10:41 pm 
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As reported in the WSJ, Winston-Salem State was awarded the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Region baseball tournament and will play host to the region later this week. The Rams (38-11) will take on fifth-seeded East Stroudsburg (33-16) on Thursday at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Coach Kevin Ritsche of the Rams said they were hoping to get the No. 1 seed in the region but he loves the fact they won’t be traveling.

“It’s a big deal not to have to go anywhere but across town to Wake Forest,” Ritsche said. “By the time you travel to a regional and then try to get practice in and everything else it’s definitely rushed.” The other games on Thursday at Wake Forest Baseball Park will be top-seeded Millersville (38-16) against sixth-seeded Concord (36-18) and third-seeded Seton Hill (39-15) against fourth-seeded Shippensburg (28-20). Games will continue in the double-elimination tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Rams will be making their third straight trip to the regionals. Game times will be announced today but Ritsche said the Rams will likely play on Thursday night at 6 p.m. “From what I understand the host school gets their choice of game times on that first day so if that’s the case we’ll want to play at 6 p.m.,” said Ritsche, whose team will practice on Monday at Wake Forest Ballpark. The other game times on Thursday are 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The winner of the regional will advance to the Division II College World Series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary that’s scheduled for May 25 through June 1. There are eight regionals that will begin on Thursday in the 48-team field. The Rams have set a school record for wins in a season and are the three-time defending CIAA champions. Ritsche said he and his coaching staff will decide who will start on the mound for the Rams by Tuesday afternoon. “We’ll kind of see where we are as a pitching staff and then kind of go from there,” said Ritsche, the CIAA coach of the year this past season. The Rams won a game in last season’s region play but were later eliminated. This season, one of the goals was to host the regional tournament. Ritsche, however, said the Rams had a lot of goals they wanted to accomplish this season.

“Our goal from the start of the season was to win the regional and get to the College World Series in Cary,” Ritsche said. “We are feeling very good about how our season went and now we just have to put it all together. We’re excited.” WSSU has never made it to the Division II College World Series.

GO RAMS!!!! :rockon:


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