The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team will make its 13th straight NCAA Division III National Championships appearance and its 15th in the last 16 years after the Cru earned an at-large bid to the postseason with the announcement of the 32-team field Sunday evening. UMHB will open the postseason at home with a First Round game against the University of Redlands. That game will kick off at 12:00 PM at Crusader Stadium in Belton.
UMHB is 10-0 overall and went 6-0 in American Southwest Conference play to win the ASC title for the 12th straight season. Redlands is 8-1 overall and won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 7-0 league mark. The two teams will be meeting for the fifth time overall and for the third time in the postseason. UMHB leads the all-time series 4-0 and this will be the fourth time the two teams have faced off in Belton.
“It excited me because it is always nice to see someone pop up that you weren’t expecting,” Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. “To see that we are going to have a home field advantage is a great thing, too. Now we have to rise up as a team and rise to the occasion and make the most of the opportunity we have been presented.”
UMHB has a 27-14 all-time record in the NCAA Division III National Championships and joins Mount Union as the only two Division III programs in the country to win at least one playoff game in each of the last 12 seasons. Redlands is in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the eighth time in school history and the Bulldogs are 0-7 all-time in the playoffs. The winner of the UMHB/Redlands game will advance to play the winner of the Hardin-Simmons/Linfield opening round game. The host team for the Second Round will be announced next Sunday afternoon.
The game will be broadcast on K101.7 FM with the pre-game show starting at 11:30 AM on Saturday. UMHB will also provide live video and live statistics for the contest with links to all of the coverage available on the Athletic Department web site at www.cruathletics.com.
Tickets for Saturday’s playoff game will go on sale to previous season ticket holders on Tuesday, November 15th. Ticket sales to previous ticket holders will remain open through Wednesday before going on sale to the general public on Thursday, November 17th. The ticket windows at Crusader Stadium will be open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day through Tuesday through Friday. Online ticket sales will open on Thursday. Advance tickets are $10 for reserved seats, $8 for general admission and $4 for students. On Saturday, reserved seats will cost $12, general admission will be $10 and student tickets are $4. The ticket windows will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday.