The Johns Hopkins baseball team punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III College World Series.
The sixth-seeded Blue Jays defeated No. 4 seed Northwestern-St. Paul, 3-2, on Monday afternoon to claim the St. Paul Regional title in Minnesota.
Hopkins, which defeated Northwestern, 11-7, on Sunday night in the double-elimination tournament to advance to its seventh regional title game in school history, went 4-1 in the regional, falling 11-4 to Misercordia on May 29. It marks the program’s fifth trip to the College World Series.
The Blue Jays will join Salisbury, Rowan, Washington University, Cortland, Wheaton, Adrian and St. Thomas in the College World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The tournament begins Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Starter Peter Schaefer delivered two hitless innings on short rest before right-hander Kieren Collins pitched seven strong innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) with a career-high eight strikeouts and just one walk.
AJ King was named the regional tournament MVP, going 2-for-4 Monday with the game-winning RBI. He finished 10-of-23 (.435) in the regional.
The Blue Jays, who improved to 18-6 in regional elimination games since 2008, are 22-4 in their last 26 games dating to last season.
Salisbury 9, Birmingham-Southern 6 (12 innings): Top-seeded Salisbury earned its first trip to the Division III College World Series since 2015, outlasting fifth-seeded Birmingham-Southern on Sunday in the High Point Regional at Truist Point.
Justin Meekins racked up four hits to lead a Sea Gulls offense that featured 15 hits and five multi-hit games. Meekins went 4-for-7 with a run and an RBI. Kavi Caster finished 2-for-7 with a two-run homer and two runs, while Sky Rahill went 2-for-6 with a double and the go-ahead run in the 12th inning.
Corey Burton earned his third win in the four-game regional with six innings of relief, giving up just one unearned run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts on 75 pitches.
The win gives coach Troy Brohawn 200 career victories at Salisbury. Brohawn is 200-58-2 at the helm, and his .773 winning percentage is the third-best among active Division III coaches.
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The Sea Gulls will be making their sixth appearance in the College World Series in program history.