TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- For the fourth time since 2005, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the city of Terre Haute have been selected to serve as a regional site for the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.
Rose-Hulman's Art Nehf Field, which will serve as one of eight venues for the 56 teams that qualify for postseason play, has been named the predetermined first-round site for the 2013 NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional.
Either six or eight teams will appear in Rose-Hulman's regional, in a double-elimination tournament format. Play will begin on Wed., May 15 and continues through May 19. The schools participating in the regional will be announced by the NCAA Division III Tournament Committee on Mon., May 13.
Four of the eight regional sites receive eight-team fields, while the remaining four sites receive six-team fields. Rose-Hulman previously served as the predetermined Mideast Regional host site in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
Thirty-eight of the 56 teams selected to the 2013 NCAA Division III baseball tournament will be automatic qualifiers as conference champions. Four teams will be selected to the tournament among independents and conference champions in non-automatic qualifying leagues. The remaining 14 squads will be chosen as at-large representatives.
The Mideast evaluation region includes the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference; the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association; the Ohio Athletic Conference; the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference; the North Coast Athletic Conference; the Presidents' Athletic Conference; and two independent institutions. Teams from these conferences can be sent to any regional, not only the Mideast Regional, and teams from other regions could also be sent to Rose-Hulman.
The regional champion from each of the eight sites advances to Appleton, Wisconsin, for the NCAA Division III Baseball National Championship from May 24-28.
The NCAA Division III Mideast Baseball Regional continues a tradition of Rose-Hulman hosting premier championship competition.
Rose-Hulman has previously hosted NCAA Division III National Championships for cross country (2012); men's and women's indoor track and field (2007 and 2009); women's basketball (2002 and 2003); and golf (1995). NCAA Regional events hosted by the college include baseball (2005, 2006, 2008); cross country (1997, 2009); and wrestling (2002).