Baseball Prepares for the NAC Tournament
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Thursday marks the start of the 2012 Northern Athletics Conference Baseball Tournament. The Regents finished the regular season in a tie for second place with a 23-16 overall record and a 17-5 NAC record. After all the tiebreakers were determined, the Regents received the #4 seed in the tournament and will play #3 seed, Concordia University Chicago (30-10, 17-5), on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. All of Rockford’s games will be played at Herr-Baker Field in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Rockford split its two games of the regular season against the Concordia University Chicago Cougars back on April 1st at RiverHawks Stadium. Rockford won game one 4-2 as Daryn Streed (Belvidere, Ill./North) outdueled the Cougar pitching staff throwing a complete game and striking out six batters. Offensively the Regents were led by Daryn Streed, Kevin Miller (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove), and Ryan Lesner (Algonquin, Ill./Harry D. Jacobs). The three combined for seven of the nine Rockford hits, scored all four runs and drove in two of the four runs. The Cougars took game two of the series with a late six run surge in the eighth inning to win 7-3.
Thursday’s game will be a test of strength against strength, as Rockford enters the tournament as the second highest scoring team in conference play with 203 runs scored, while Concordia Chicago has allowed just 71 runs, the fewest in NAC play. Rockford ranks in the top three in multiple other categories in conference play including hits (262), doubles (54), runs batted in (182), on-base percentage (.438) and leads in walks with 122.
The other four teams involved in the 2012 NAC Tournament include: #6 seed Dominican University, #5 seed Edgewood College, #2 seed Benedictine University and the NAC regular season champions Aurora University.
The complete tournament schedule along with all other information about this year’s NAC Baseball Tournament can be found at http://sabreathletics.com/sports/2012/4/18/BB_0418123504.aspx?id=187