College Notebook: How Philly schools look as conference tourney time draws near

Lots of playoff news in the Philadelphia college baseball scene
With several conference postseason tournaments set to kick off this week, now's the time to take a look at what programs have a chance to make some noise and potentially play meaningful baseball throughout the upcoming month.

Division I
La Salle was dealt a blow to their already slim postseason chances over the weekend, dropping a pair to a UMass team they needed to beat. The Explorers are now five wins off the pace from the final playoff seed and have six teams ahead of them in the standings ... Saint Joseph's hung close with a quality Dayton team over the weekend, salvaging a win on the road in the three-game set. The Hawks are now 8-7 in the A-10 and tied with Fordham for the final spot in the conference tourney. SJU has nine conference games remaining, including a three-game set on the road at UMass to end the season.

Penn was dealt a blow this past weekend, dropping two of three on the road to last-place Cornell. The Quakers have three games remaining against Columbia and would need to sweep the series, plus have Princeton sweep Yale to jump ahead to second place and reach the Ivy League title game. If Yale and Penn both end the season with identical records the Quakers lose the tie-breaker.

Division II
We already know Chestnut Hill has a spot in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament. Right now, the question comes down the final seed and if it's going to be Jefferson or USciences. The Rams finished their regular season over the weekend, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Wilmington. The Devils, meanwhile, have four games remaining on the schedule - two versus Nyack and two against Felician. USciences will reach the tournament if they win three of the final four contests. If they don't, the Rams will secure the final seed.

West Chester is holding on to a potential postseason berth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament with a 15-9 conference record. The Rams have four more wins than Lock Haven and could clinch a spot with a win over Bloomsburg this week or a Lock Haven loss.

Division III
Swarthmore sits in fifth place in the Centennial Conference and faces Johns Hopkins on Monday afternoon in the season finale. A win, coupled with a Muhlenberg loss, means the Garnet will advance to the conference tournament. Haverford has already locked up a spot in the tourney.

Widener got some help on Sunday from Lebanon Valley, securing their spot in the Middle Atlantic Conference postseason. The Pride joins Arcadia as Philly-area representatives in the MAC tournament set to open this weekend in York.

Four local schools, including Cabrini, Gwynedd Mercy, Immaculata, and Neumann will participate in the Atlantic East Conference postseason tournament set to open this weekend. The Cavs enter as the top-seed.

Cairn wraps up their season this weekend and have a strong shot at securing a postseason berth in the Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament.

Penn State Abington currently holds the top seed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference and has three games remaining this weekend against Lancaster Bible.

The Philadelphia Baseball Review will provide game coverage of every postseason game involving a Philly-area team. We'll also share a complete postseason schedule once standings and seedings are finalized.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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