Westmont Baseball (39-15) will make a return trip to Lawrenceville, Georgia to participate in the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round Tournament. The 15th-ranked Warriors will enter the five-team double-elimination tournament as the number two seed. Georgia Gwinnett (47-12), the tournament host, is the number one seed. The Grizzlies are the fourth-ranked team in the NAIA.
Westmont’s first game will be against third-seeded and 20th-ranked St. Thomas of Florida (41-15) on Tuesday, May 12. The Warriors’ game will be preceded by a match-up between fourth-seeded St. Catharine of Kentucky (37-15) and fifth-seeded Spring Arbor of Michigan (30-16).
The Bobcats of St. Thomas tied #16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) for second place in the Sun Conference, but fell to the Eagles 2-1 in the conference tournament championship game. St. Thomas posted a record of 8-7 against teams in the National Championship field and a record of 4-6 against teams ranked in the top 25.
The Bobcats have posted a team ERA of 4.40 this season. Marcos Barrios leads the team in pitching with a 7-2 record. He has started 12 games for St. Thomas and has an ERA of 4.04.
At the plate, the Bobcats boast a .334 team batting average. Eric Santamaria leads the team in hitting with a batting average of .371. Fourteen players have a batting average over .300. St. Thomas has outscored their opponents 493 to 280.