BUENA VISTA, Va.—After completing its best regular season in program history, the Southern Virginia University baseball team today was awarded the number-one seed at the 2011 USCAA Baseball Small College World Series, which will take place in Old Orchard Beach, Maine from May 13-18.
Southern Virginia's (28-8) number-one seed heading into the national tournament is its highest seed to date—its previous high ranking was a number-three seed last season—and the Knights hope to make further program history with a deep run into this year's postseason.
"We've had a great season so far, but we are not satisfied," said second-year head coach Logan Mann. "We're focused right now on playing our best ball in the tournament."
Southern Virginia baseball is currently 3-7 in postseason play,most recently losing two straight games at the and 2010 national tournament to force elimination. But after setting numerous program records this past season, the 2011 Knights seem poised for a memorable tournament.
"This team has everything it needs to be successful in the postseason." Mann said. "We have a powerful offense, strong defense and great pitching."
The 2011 Knights rank first all-time among Southern Virginia baseball teams in numerous offensive categories, including highest team batting average (.349), highest team slugging percentage (.532), highest on base percentage (.426) and most runs batted in (264).
Southern Virginia does not rely solely on its offense, however, recording the program's all-time highest fielding percentage (.959), while the pitching staff combined for the most wins (28) fewest losses (8), most shutouts (6), fewest homeruns allowed (6) and fewest earned runs allowed (105) in the program's 12-year history.
Follow live stats of the Knights' opening game on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 p.m. Southern Virginia will face the winner of eighth-seeded Rochester College (20-17) and ninth-seeded Southern Maine Community College (12-20).
For complete coverage of the 2011 Baseball Small College World Series, visit theuscaa.com's tournament page.