Wright State baseball heading to Tennessee for regional round of NCAA tournament

FAIRBORN — The Wright State Raiders found out Monday where they’ll head to start the 2021 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

>>Raiders claim Horizon League title, will play in NCAA Regionals

The Raiders were placed into the Knoxville regional of the tournament, along with Tennessee, Duke, and Liberty. Wright State will play Tennessee first at 6 p.m. Friday.

Wright State claimed the Horizon League’s automatic bid by winning the conference’s tournament Saturday, capping the tournament with a dominating 21-3 win over Milwaukee. WSU dominated the tournament, outscoring their opponents 40-10 in the three games of the conference tournament.

The Raiders ended the regular season with a 35-11 record and went 28-4 during conference play.

The Raiders have one of the best offenses in the country, currently leading all NCAA Division I teams in six major offensive categories: batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, doubles per game, scoring, and total runs.

Wright State’s 126 doubles this year is good for second in the nation and total walks, 207, is seventh.

The pitching staff also boasts a strong national number, currently eighth among Division I teams in the strikeout to walk ratio.

Tennessee was seeded number three in the entire tournament, following a runner-up performance in the Southeastern Conference tournament over the weekend.

Duke enters the tournament with an automatic bid following a surprising Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title. The Blue Devils entered the ACC tournament as the nine seed but made it to the championship game Sunday and held of North Carolina State 1-0.

Liberty got an at-large bid in the tournament following a runner-up finish in the Atlantic Sun tournament.

The tournament features a double-elimination format in the regional rounds.

One team from each regional round moves into the Super Regionals in a best of three game format. Super Regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha.