Franklin Pierce University will face Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in the opening round of the Division II NCAA Baseball World Series on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The Ravens (36-17) captured their sixth NCAA regional title on Sunday after beating Wilmington, Del., 5-1, at Penmen Field on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.
Junior right-hander Trevor Graham, junior first baseman Zach Mathieu of Derry and sophomore third baseman Matt O’Herron were all named to the East Regional All-Championship Team.
Graham, who pitched a three-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts last Thursday against Wilmington and recorded the final out of Saturday night’s 13-inning win over the Penmen, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Shippensburg (32-21), seeded fourth in the Atlantic Region, posted 10-3 and 3-2 victories Sunday over No. 3 seed Seton Hill to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 2008.
The Ravens are three-time national semifinalists (2010, 2006, 2003) and are making their second trip to Cary (2010). FPU did not play Shippensburg during the regular season.