WINCHESTER, Va. - The No. 9/9 Shenandoah University baseball team opens up 2015 Mideast Regional play tomorrow afternoon with a 3:15 p.m. contest against Adrian (Mich.).
Adrian, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, comes into the regional with a 33-10 overall record but was not ranked in either the D3baseball.com or ABCA polls until this week.
This is the eighth straight year that the Bulldogs, who are the No. 23 team in the D3baseball.com week 12 poll, have qualified for post-season play.
Shenandoah (27-8-1) is playing in the regional for the seventh time in the past eight years and is seeking its third trip to the national championships in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Coach Kevin Anderson's Hornets won the South Region in both 2009 and 2010.
This is the first time that Shenandoah has advanced to the NCAA playoffs and not been placed in the South Regional.
SU comes into the game with a .314 team batting average and 2.66 team ERA.
Junior lefty Darrell Thompson (6-1) figures to be the game one starter.
Thompson has 52 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings pitched this season and has walked just 16 batters all season long.
Adrian won the MIAA title with single run victories over Kalamazoo and Hope and then an 11-4 victory over Calvin in the championship contest.
The Bulldogs are hitting .288 as a team with sophomore Ryan Dorow's .404 the top average. Dorow, a shortstop, has 10 of the squad's 30 home runs with Jeff Gertley adding nine along with 46 RBI.
Eric Schmidt, Jordan Frayer and Tommy Parsons are a combined 24-3 on the mound with Schmidt's 9-1 record with seven complete games leading the group.
Schmidt has a 2.28 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 79.0 innings.
Freshman closer Collin Korte is 4-1 with five saves in 38.0 innings pitched.