USI not going to NCAA tournament

Because it missed the GLVC tournament, the USI baseball team will not be going to the NCAA tournament. One indicator was USI’s dropping from third in the Midwest Region rankings to eighth this week (only six teams receive a regional berth), a sure sign that the Eagles are not going to make the eight-team regional field. Then Ray Simmons, USI’s sports information director, confirmed that  the NCAA no longer gives regional berths to teams that don’t qualify for their conference tournaments. Which makes perfect sense. I have to admit I was leery of the Eagles getting in without being able to get in the first postseason tourney. They screwed up what started out as a great season. They won 11 of their first 12 games. Then they lost their next seven and nine of their next 10, and that pretty much was that. Now they’re working as the grounds crew at Bosse Field and at their own field for the GLVC tournament, merely spectators for the second straight year at a tournament their school is hosting. It must be humbling, if not aggravating.

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