In just the second year of each program, Cleary University’s baseball and softball teams have earned seeds in their respective national tournaments.

The baseball team earned an eighth seed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Baseball National Tournament, being played in Glens Falls, New York, May 9-13, 2016.

The Cougars’ softball team received a ninth seed and will travel to Akron, Ohio, May 16-19, 2016 for the softball national championships. Both tournaments take only the top ten teams in the conference.

“We are very proud and excited to have two more teams playing in their respective national tournaments,” said Ward Mullens, athletic director for Cleary University.  “Cleary University Athletics has only been around for four years, but at least one of our teams has gone to its national tournament every year since our inception.”

“To earn a spot in just our second year is a testament to these kids,” said Cleary head baseball coach Karl Kling. “There have been challenges, but the players have kept their eye on the prize. Despite a very challenging schedule, they have always battled to the end.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said Cougars’ softball head coach Tim Bailey. “We played one of the toughest schedules in our conference, and we have players who are in the top ten in every statistical category in the conference.”

The baseball team will play the opening game of the tournament against Penn State-DuBois, also making its first-ever appearance in the Small College World Series. Game time will be 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 9.

The softball team begins play against Penn State-Beaver on Monday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

The USCAA National Championship is a double-elimination tournament featuring the country’s top 10 teams. All the action can be followed at http://baseball.theuscaa.com/landing/index.

About Cleary University Athletics

Cleary University reintroduced athletics in 2012. Currently Cleary University offers 12 different sports and has more than 200 student athletes. Cleary University has won a national team championship in men’s golf (2015) and has three individual national champions; two-time national women’s cross country national champion Elaine Lowe (2013 and 2014) and men’s golf national champion Devin Young (2015).

About Cleary University

Founded in 1883, the foundation of Cleary University is business. Cleary University is committed to its mission to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills, and credentials that advance careers.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Cleary University is a specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. Cleary offers a full service campus in Livingston County and satellite campuses throughout Michigan, as well as online degree options. For more information visit cleary.edu.