When the NCAA bids were broadcast Monday from Indianapolis, UT Tyler athletes heard their school name called several times — and it will happen again next week.
The Patriot softball squad, both men’s and women’s golf teams, and the men’s tennis team received NCAA Division III national tournament bids on Monday. The American Southwest Conference champion baseball squad will hear where it will play its regional on Sunday.
The softball squad, which is ranked No. 5 in the nation, will host the West Regional at UT Tyler Ballpark beginning Friday. It is the third straight year for Tyler to host the regional.
Along with UT Tyler, No. 6 Linfield (Ore.), No. 10 East Texas Baptist, No. 13 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) and No. 18 Redlands (Calif.) are ranked teams in the six-team field. The only squad not ranked is Southwestern, which is located in Georgetown.
The Patriots (41-4) are seeded No. 1 and will meet No. 6 seed Southwestern (30-11) at 11 a.m. Friday. If UT Tyler wins, the Patriots, who are coached by Mike Reed, will play at 11 a.m. Saturday. A loss would mean they will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Game two has No. 2 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (32-11) takings on No. 5 seed East Texas Baptist (34-10) at 1:30 p.m. Game three has No. 3 seed Linfield (36-6) battling No. 4 seed Redlands (34-10).
The winner of the six-team, double-elimination tournament will earn a spot in the Division III World Series in Eau Claire, Wis., from May 17-21. The 2014 World Series will be played at UT Tyler Ballpark. The Patriots have two World Series appearances.
After finishing as runners-up at the ASC Tournament at Crown Colony in Lufkin, the UT Tyler linksters had to wait to see if they would make the NCAA D-III Tournament.
The Patriots did hear their names called and each received an at-large bid.
Both the men’s and women’s tournament is at the same location this year — at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, in Destin, Fla., May 14-17. The championships will be hosted by Methodist (N.C.) University.
King Campbell is head coach of the Patriots.
This is the fourth national appearance for the Patriot men. They finished sixth last year and their highest finish was fourth in 2009.
The Patriot men are ranked No. 15 and will compete against 40 other teams.
The Patriot women, ranked No. 10, will be participating in their third national tournament. There are 21 teams entered. The UT Tyler women’s best finish was 16th in 2011.
For the sixth-straight year, the coach Chris Bizot’s UT Tyler men’s tennis team has received an NCAA bid. However, the previous times the Patriots were conference champions.
This year, UT Dallas upset the No. 17 Patriots in the ASC finals, but the Patriots still received an at-large bid.
The tournament teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites on May 10-12. Kalamazoo will host the team championships finals, which will be held May 20-22 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich. Netters selected to the individual championships, will be announced Wednesday.
The Patriots (21-5) will travel to Atlanta as No. 4 Emory University (14-6) will host the regional. UT Tyler received a first-round bye and will play No. 15 Whitman (Wash.) (18-6) on Friday.
A first-round match has No. 21 Washington & Lee (18-5) meeting No. 23 North Carolina Wesleyan (14-9) on Thursday. The winner of that match will play Emory on Friday.
The winners of the second round will play on Saturday for the right to advance to Kalamazoo.