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Sports update: Buccaneers headed back to conference tournament

May 9, 2012

The Beloit College baseball team got some help from a familiar foe, but the bottom line is: the Buccaneers are heading back to the Midwest Conference Baseball Tournament for the second straight season, and the third time in four seasons.

St. Norbert College took the first three games from Ripon College in their season-ending MWC series, including an 8-5 win in Ripon on Monday, to give Beloit the no. 2-seed in the MWC North Division. St. Norbert won the Division on Saturday.

The Buccaneers will take on the South Division’s no. 1 seed Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, at 9 a.m. Friday morning. St. Norbert will play the South’s no. 2 seed Knox College at William Penn University, also at 9 a.m., in the other opening game.

After those first two games all games will be played at Grinnell.

The winner of the tournament earns the MWC Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins the week of May 14.

The Buccaneers, 17-19 overall and 9-7 in the MWC, won their first-ever MWC Championship in 2009 at St. Norbert College.  After missing the tourney in 2010 they won the North Division last season and hosted the tournament for the first time, falling to Ripon in a winner-take-all championship game late on the second day.