Regents top seed in NAC tourney
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May 9, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The record-tying Rockford College Regents are the top seed at this weekend’s Northern Athletics Conference Tournament, scheduled for this weekend at Road Ranger Stadium.

The Regents won the NAC regular-season title and open the tournament at 9 a.m. Friday against No. 4 seed Marian College. Second-seeded Edgewood College, the host school, and Concordia University of Chicago complete the four-team field.

All games will be broadcast live on the internet at www.EdgewoodCollegeEagles.com. Bill Czaja and Ronan O’Shea, the radio broadcasters for the Rockford RiverHawks, will handle the call of tournament.

The Regents rolled through the NAC with a 16-4 record. Their 26-12 overall mark tied the 26-year-old Rockford wins record. The team is coached by Bob Koopmann , who has a chance to bring a baseball championship to Rockford for the second time in four years. Koopmann managed the RiverHawks to the 2004 Frontier League pennant and is currently the team’s bench coach. He is in his first year with the Regents.

Staff ace Fabian Gomez closed the regular season with a 5-0 shutout at Concordia last weekend. He enters the postseason with a league-best 7-0 record and a NAC-leading 110 strikeouts.

Right fielder Tim Rowe and catcher Rob Wiest each homered in the regular-season finale. Rowe was named national player of the week last week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He enters the tournament with a .411 average, 11 home runs and 50 RBI. Wiest, a Harlem High School graduate, is hitting .329 with three home runs and 32 RBI.

A full tournament pass is available for $12. A single-day pass is $7. Single-game tickets are not available.

The double-elimination format includes four games on Friday and at least two on Saturday. Because the NAC is a first year conference, the tournament champion does not receive an automatic NCAA Division III regional bid, but may be selected as an at-large team.

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. The RiverHawks begin their sixth season on May 23 at Windy City. The home opener is at 7:05 p.m. May 25, when the RiverHawks host Windy City. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. All games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM). Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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