RUTLAND, Vt. – The College of St. Joseph baseball team will defend their national championship title when they host the United States Collegiate Association Small College World Series for the second year beginning May 14.
The tournament will take place at East Field Park, located in the heart of Glens Falls, N.Y. The multi-use facility includes a stadium that can seat up to 7,000 spectators and is home to the Glens Falls Dragons. Glens Falls is roughly an hour north of Albany and an hour west of Rutland.
The Small College World Series will begin Sunday, May 14, with fan-favorite activities including the tournament banquet, parade of athletes, and home run derby. Tournament play will begin on Monday, and a new national champion will be crowned by Thursday. The tournament will remain as a ten-team double elimination tournament – with all games being seven innings – except the nine-inning championship game.
The Fighting Saints took home the 2016 USCAA National Championship after defeating Cincinnati-Clermont 14-3 in in the finals. The team had an undefeated national tournament run, and finished the season 52-11 overall with an 18 game winning streak.
Head Coach Bob Godlewski and Assistant Coach Cam Curler returned more than 20 players from last year’s team. The Saints will receive an automatic bid as the tournament’s host team.