UWSP baseball doesn’t receive NCAA bid
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) baseball team had its season come to an end after it didn’t receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament Monday, May 14.
The Pointers finished 24-14 overall and were third in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) with a 15-9 record, behind top-ranked UW-Whitewater (31-6, 20-4) and seventh-ranked UW-Oshkosh (31-8, 18-6).
Despite adding Illinois Tech as a seventh team for baseball, the NCAA didn’t grant the WIAC an automatic NCAA Division III Tournament bid for its Conference Tournament winner this season.
The WIAC Tournament was subsequently canceled for this year in order to make up regular season conference games that were postponed after the April snowstorm.
UWSP had a chance to earn second place in the conference heading into a doubleheader at home against Oshkosh Monday, May 7, as the Pointers were 15-7 in the WIAC and trailed Oshkosh (16-6) by one game in the standings, but they lost 5-3 in 10 innings to Oshkosh in the first game and 5-3 in the second game of what turned out to be a season-ending doubleheader.
Whitewater and Oshkosh received two of the 18 at-large berths to the NCAA Division III Tournament, with Whitewater making its 11th consecutive trip, and Oshkosh its first since 2008.