by Drury Athletics
Drury is in the NCAA-II baseball tournament for the sixth time in their 13-year team history after receiving an at-large bid on Sunday night.
The Panthers are 30-23 and seeded seventh in the Midwest Regional. Drury will play second-seeded Illinois Springfield (37-15-1) on Thursday in the opening round of a four-team, double-elimination tournament that is one of two such brackets that make up the Midwest Regional.
Illinois Springfield, ranked 19th in the latest NCAA-II national poll, is the host of the sub-regional tournament with games to be played at Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield, Illinois. Drury’s game time in the opening round will be either 3:30 pm or 7 pm.
The winner of the Panthers-Prairie Stars game will play the winner of third-seeded Wayne State (34-15) and number six seed Quincy (32-18) while the two losing teams will play one another in an elimination game. Both of those games will take place on Friday, and the tournament concludes on Saturday.
The winner of the Illinois Springfield bracket will advance to the Midwest Regional championship and play the winner of the four-team tournament hosted Ashland in a three-game series.
The eight regional winners move on to the NCAA-II championship site for a double-elimination tournament June 1-8 in Cary, North Carolina.
Drury is in the national tournament for the sixth time in program history, and it is their second trip in the last three years. In addition to this season, the Panthers earned bids in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, and in their inaugural season of 2007. Drury is 8-10 all-time in the national championship.