Minnesota State, St. Thomas chase baseball titles 22 May 12

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota college baseball teams are chasing national championships.

Minnesota State won the Central Region tournament in Mankato Sunday to reach the NCAA Division II World Series for the second time in three years.

St. Thomas won the Midwest Region title in Whitewater, Wis., Saturday to move to the NCAA Division III World Series, their first trip since winning the 2009 national championship.

MSU takes a 48-10 record to a first-round game against Southern New Hampshire University this Saturday in the eight-team tournament in Cary, N.C. The Mavericks beat rival St. Cloud State to advance.

UST is 38-8 and faces Christopher Newport University of Virginia this Friday in the eight-team tournament in Appleton, Wis. The Tommies beat Wisconsin-Whitewater to qualify, avenging postseason losses in football and basketball this school year.