Getting in the NCAA tournament after missing the GLVC tourney

USI’s baseball team could do just that. Right now the Screaming Eagles are ranked third in the Midwest Region (after being ranked second one week ago). If they miss making the GLVC tournament, which takes place next week in Evansville, conceivably they could still end up in the eight-team NCAA Midwest Regional (usually the top eight ranked teams in the region qualify). That happened in 1989, when the GLVC tournament was much smaller and USI didn’t qualify with a 9-7 league record but received a berth in the national tourney (the Eagles exited quickly, losing twice).

Not that anybody is expecting a similar scenario this year. USI would rather make the GLVC tournament. Winning at least three of four games in the final regular-season series at Bellarmine on Friday through Sunday would guarantee that. Then the Eagles would be home free, but not at home. GLVC rules will not allow the host team to play on its home field. So the Eagles would have to play all their games at Bosse Field.

That should be an advantage. Several members of the team played for Southern Indiana Athletic Conference schools, which frequently play at the spacious ballpark. That includes leading hitter Reece Rounder, a North graduate, whose eyes lit up with the possibility of returning to the venerable confines on the near north side.

“Oh, yeah,” he said. “So many of us have played so many games at Bosse Field. It would be great to have your home fans out there cheering you on.”

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