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Salisbury wins 2021 DIII baseball national championship

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2021 DIII baseball championship: Salisbury vs. St. Thomas (MN) full replay
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6:37 pm, June 8, 2021

Salisbury wins DIII baseball national championship

Salisbury Athletics Salisbury won the 2021 DIII national championship.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, and Clayton Dwyer replacing Corey Burton on the mound for Salisbury, St. Thomas' Josh Thorp hit a chopping grounder to short, which wasn't fielded cleaning, scoring Matthew Enck from third, as all of the runners advanced by one base and were safe. That cut Salisbury's lead to 4-2. Then, with the bases still loaded, Charlie Bartholomew flied out to left field, clinching the first-ever national championship for Salisbury, whose players celebrated in a dog pile on the field.

Click or tap here to view the final box score from Game 2.

Salisbury finished with 12 hits, including four players with multi-hit games in the decisive Game 2. Starter Benji Thalheimer and Burton each went 4.1 innings, allowing one run apiece, although Burton's run was unearned.

Click or tap here to view the DI baseball interactive tournament bracket.

6:06 pm, June 8, 2021

Salisbury extends lead in 7th

Salisbury is just six outs from winning the DIII baseball championship. It extended its lead in the top of the seventh inning to 4-1 after catcher Jacob Ference knocked in Stephen Rice as Ference reached base on a fielder's choice. Salisbury has 11 hits on the day, including first baseman Sky Rahill, who's 3-for-4 with a run and left fielder Kavi Caster, who's 2-for-3 with two RBI.

5:25 pm, June 8, 2021

Salisbury claims 3-1 lead in 4th

NCAA.com Salisbury's fourth-inning rally.

After St. Thomas took an early 1-0 lead, Salisbury retook the lead by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth as Cullen McAuliffe took a 1-2 pitch to left center for an RBI single, then two batters later, Kavi Caster put a two-run single into right field to give Salisbury a two-run lead, 3-1.

5:02 pm, June 8, 2021

St. Thomas takes 1-0 lead in 3rd

St. Thomas used four consecutive singles in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead over Salisbury as Matthew Enck, Max Moris and Sam Kulesa loaded the bases for Avery Lehman, who singled to right field, scoring Enck for the first run of the game. But Salisbury was able to get out of the inning without any further damage with a double play.

3:48 pm, June 8, 2021

Game 2 is underway

Salisbury could be nine innings away from being named the 2021 DIII baseball national champion. Or, St. Thomas could be nine innings away from forcing a decisive Game 3 in the best-of-three national championship series.

Game 2 is now underway and you can watch a livestream by clicking or tapping here.

12:48 pm, June 8, 2021

Salisbury on precipice of DIII national championship

Salisbury Athletics Salisbury faces St. Thomas (MN) in the potentially decisive Game 2 on Tuesday.

After Salisbury took Game 1 of the best-of-three DIII national championship series by defeating St. Thomas (MN) 6-1 on Monday, Salisbury can take home the national title on Tuesday. St. Thomas will need to win Tuesday, then again in Game 3 in order to win the national championship.

The first pitch is scheduled for Noon ET Tuesday. You can watch the livestream on NCAA.com.

In Game 1, St. Thomas scored one run in the top of the first but Salisbury scored two runs in the second to take the lead and it never looked back. Shortstop Stephen Rice was 4-for-5 with two runs and catcher Jacob Ference was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs. Salisbury starter went five innings, allowing just one run on five hits.

11:07 pm, June 7, 2021

Salisbury takes game one of the championship series

Salisbury Baseball

Salisbury defeated St. Thomas (MN) 6-1 to take the first win in a best-of-three national championship series. Jacob Ference notched a homerun in the win, while Luke Weddell hit a key double that gave Salisbury a three run lead to pull away early.  Click or tap here to view the final stats. 

Game two of the series will take place tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET, where St. Thomas (MN) will find itself in a win or go home situation.

Click or tap here to view the full bracket.

10:09 pm, June 7, 2021

Salisbury leads St. Thomas (MN), 5-1

Salisbury leads St. Thomas (MN) 5-1 at the top of the sixth inning.

Luke Weddell of Salisbury was credited with the double, giving Salisbury a 4-1 lead. Next, Cullen McAuliffe of Salisbury notched another run on an RBI single, making it 5-1 Salisbury headed to the sixth.

8:40 pm, June 7, 2021

St. Thomas (MN) vs. Salisbury underway in the championship finals

St.Thomas (MN) vs. Salisbury is underway in the first of a best-of-three national championship series. You can click or tap here to watch a livestream.

Click or tap here to view the tournament bracket.

12:54 pm, June 7, 2021

DIII national championship series kicks off Monday

Salisbury Athletics Salisbury faces St. Thomas (MN) in the national championship.

The first game in a best-of-three national championship series between St. Thomas (MN) and Salisbury kicks off Monday, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. You can click or tap here to watch a livestream.

Both teams won three consecutive games in the DIII baseball championship bracket to reach the national championship. St. Thomas defeated Adrian, then WashU in consecutive games, with all three wins coming by either one or two runs. Meanwhile, Salisbury scored 11 runs in each of its last three games as it defeated SUNY Cortland 11-1, Wheaton (MA) 11-9, and SUNY Cortland again 11-8.

Click or tap here to view the updated tournament bracket.

4:00 am, June 6, 2021

Results for Day 2 of the DIII baseball championship finals

SUNY Cortland Athletics SUNY Cortland baseball

Eight teams played on Saturday but only six keep their tournament hopes alive. Johns Hopkins and Rowan were eliminated. 

Here are the results from Day 2 of the DIII baseball championship finals:

Adrian 12, Johns Hopkins 9 (eliminated)  | Full replay
St. Thomas (MN) 8,  WashU 7 | Full replay
SUNY Cortland 4, Rowan 2 (eliminated) | Full replay
Wheaton (MA) vs. SalisburyLive stream

Click or tap here to view the interactive bracket.  

Four games will take place Sunday from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Here's the schedule (time ET):

WashU vs. Adrian | 11 a.m. | Live stream
TBD vs. SUNY Cortland | 2:15 p.m. | Live stream
St. Thomas (MN) vs. TBD | 5:30 p.m. | Live stream
TBD vs. TBD | 8:45 p.m. 

12:35 pm, June 4, 2021

DIII baseball championship finals | Day 1 results

Day 1 of the DIII baseball championship finals is in the books. The 2021 championship runs through June 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You can watch every game right here on NCAA.com.

Click or tap here to view the final regional brackets.

Below are the complete results from Day 1 of the championship finals:

WashU 9, Johns Hopkins 3 | Full replay 
St. Thomas (MN) 7, Adrian 5 | Full replay
Wheaton (MA) 6, Rowan 0 | Full replay
Salisbury 11, SUNY Cortland 1 | Full replay

Below is the 2021 championship bracket.

2021 DIII baseball bracket

Click or tap here to view the interactive bracket.  

12:00 am, June 1, 2021

Eight regional champs look to 2021 DIII baseball world series championship

Adrian Athletics Adrian baseball Adrian baseball wins the Whitewater, Wisconsin regional

That's a wrap on the DIII baseball regional tournaments. Eight regional champions now shift their focus to the DIII baseball world series championship. The 2021 championship will run June 4-9 from Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You can watch every game right here on NCAA.com.

Click or tap here to view the final regional brackets.

Below is the complete championship schedule:

  • Friday, June 4 | Finals | 11 a.m. ET on NCAA.com 
  • Saturday, June 5 | Finals | 11 a.m. ET on NCAA.com
  • Sunday, June 6 | Finals | 11 a.m. ET on NCAA.com
  • Monday, June 7 | Finals | 1 p.m. ET on NCAA.com
  • Tuesday, June 8 | Finals | 12 p.m. ET on NCAA.com
  • Wednesday, June 9 | Finals | 12 p.m. ET on NCAA.com (if necessary)

Here are the 8 regional winners: 

Below is the 2021 championship bracket.

2021 DIII baseball bracket

Click or tap here to view the interactive bracket.  

1:10 pm, May 31, 2021

DIII baseball regionals: Day 5 schedule, scores

Monday, May 31, marks the final day of the DIII baseball regionals, where the winners of eight regionals will advance to the DIII baseball championship, which will have a double-elimination format prior to the best-of-three championship series. Click or tap here to view the regional brackets and schedule, and here for the championship bracket.

3:46 am, May 31, 2021

DIII baseball regionals: Monday's regional scores

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Regionals will conclude Monday at the DIII baseball championship. There are six teams playing a double-elimination tournament at each of the eight regional sites. 

Tap or click here to see all of the scores from Sunday. 

For the complete regional brackets, click or tap here. 

Regionals began Thursday and will go through Monday when we'll be down to the final eight teams.