Concordia University Texas' Tornado Field has been chosen to host the NCAA Division III West Regional Baseball Tournament May 15-19. It marks the first time in school history that the institution has been selected to host an NCAA postseason event in any sport.
The 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament will feature 56 teams competing at eight different regional sites. The field will be comprised of 38 automatic qualifiers as conference champions, four teams among independents and conference champions in non-automatic qualifying leagues and 14 at-large representatives. The NCAA will announce the entire field on Monday, May 13 and send either six or eight teams to compete at Tornado Field in Austin. The regional champion from each of the eight sites will advance to Appleton, Wisconsin to compete at the College World Series May 24-28.
Concordia's baseball program has thrived during its first two full seasons of play at Tornado Field, winning the American Southwest Conference Tournament crown to earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012. The Tornados entered the 2013 season ranked 13th nationally by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and 16th by D3Baseball.com. In addition, head coaches, sports information directors and select media members have picked Concordia to win the ASC West Division title in the league's preseason poll this spring.
Tornado Field has previously been the host site for multiple ASC postseason events in 2011 and 2012. Concordia hosted ASC Championship First Round games, a best-of-three format, in 2011 and 2012 and the double-elimination ASC Championship Round in 2012.