Rowan, Penn State Abington collide in NCAA D3 baseball tournament

Matt Leon
May 15, 2019 - 3:11 pm
Rowan University and Penn State Abington's men's baseball teams

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A couple of local squads will meet Friday morning as the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament gets underway.

Rowan University and Penn State Abington are both in the double-elimination regional in Salisbury, Maryland, and they will open up against each other.

Rowan (30-11) earned an at-large berth into this year's tourney. This is the third straight season that the Profs have made it into the field.

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"Point to our seniors who have done a great job," said Rowan head coach Mike Dickson. "For most of them, this is their third regional. So I'm proud of the way they have played this year and their accomplishments."

Dickson knows this first game will be a challenge for the Profs.

"They're going to be well-prepared," he said. "They're going to bunt, they're going to run, they're going to pitch."

Penn State Abington (23-15) is in the tournament field for the first time in program history. The Nittany Lions are champions of the North Eastern Athletic Conference. 

"Our boys are very excited and our coaching staff is very excited as well," said head coach Josh Copskey.

Being new territory for the Penn State Abington program, Copskey said they are excited to be in the field, but they are also ready to get to work.

"We've got a job ahead of us," he said. "We've had a couple good practices since our (conference) tournament ended. Absolutely, our goal is to go down there and make some noise. So that's what we plan to do."

And adding even more of a local feel to the tournament, both head coaches are Gloucester Catholic High School products.

"I've known him for a long time," Dickson said of Copskey. "He does a fantastic job."

"Absolutely one of the best programs in the country," Copskey added of Rowan. "Great coaching staff. They've got a ton of talent."

Host school Salisbury University and Washington & Jefferson College round out this regional.

Rowan and Penn State Abington get underway at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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