The Catholic University of America baseball team has clinched a spot in the NCAA Division III World Series after a 16-2 win over Ithaca College (NY) in the Super Regionals on May 29. The game was played in Ithaca.
The Cardinals (34-12) are the first team from the Landmark Conference to advance to the national championship as one of eight teams in the series.
The Cards are matched against Marietta College (Ohio) in a June 3, 11 a.m. (ET) game at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The NCAA bracket lists the other games that day: Salisbury University (Md.) vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Eastern Connecticut State vs. Baldwin Wallace University (Ohio), and LaGrange College (Ga.) vs. Trinity University (Tex.)
More history was made during the Cards’ win against Ithaca. For the first time in team history — since 1896 — three players got at least 60 hits in one season. Ben Nardi, a junior, became the eighth player in program history to get 60 hits, an achievement quickly followed by teammates Peter Giombetti, a senior, and Matt Tesoriero, a senior.
Giombetti also has been named player of the year for the D3Baseball.com Region 5 team. Coach Ross Natoli was named coach of the year. Junior Tucker Alch made the first team while Dante Pozzi made the third team.