NCAA News Archive - 2008
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Division III Rewind
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The following is a summary of Division III news from the week of May 26-30.
- The Division III Baseball Championship attracted the nation’s attention this week as Trinity (Connecticut) attempted to become the first team in any division to finish a season unbeaten in winning an NCAA baseball title. The Bantams came up short of its goal, as Johns Hopkins beat Trinity Monday to force a final game that afternoon to decide the championship. But Trinity fought back in the title game, earning two straight bases-loaded, full-count walks that forced in the tying and winning runs in the ninth inning and gave the Bantams their first championship in the sport. Trinity finished the season 45-1.
- Elsewhere on the perfection front, Salisbury did successfully wrap up an undefeated season -- its sixth -- in winning another Division III men’s lacrosse title. McMurry won its first team title in any sport with its victory in Division III men’s outdoor track and field, while Illinois Wesleyan and Wisconsin-River Falls tied for the Division III women’s outdoor track and field crown.
- As Division III’s spring championships conclude, the Rose-Hulman football team will play Sunday in Italy, taking on a squad of all-stars from a football league there in the American Bowl. The Engineers are in the midst of a nine-day tour of the country leading up to the game, and are the fifth Division III football team to travel to Italy since 2005.
- Widener honored two members of the women’s volleyball team as its co-valedictorians during recent commencement ceremonies. Team captain Rachel Chizmadia, a communications studies major, and Becky Rohrbaugh, an early education/early childhood major, each completed their studies with 4.0 grade-point averages. Both were second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America selections in their senior season.