Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team will make its tenth straight NCAA Division III National Championships appearance and its 12th in the last 13 years and the Cru will open the postseason at home after the announcement of the 32-team field Sunday evening. UMHB will open the postseason at Crusader Stadium with a 12:00 PM kickoff on Saturday, November 23rd, against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion University of Redlands (7-2, 7-0 SCIAC). The Cru went 10-0 this regular season to post the fourth consecutive perfect regular season in school history and UMHB won the American Southwest Conference Championship with a 6-0 league record. UMHB will be opening the postseason at home for the seventh time in school history and the Cru will be facing Redlands for the second time this season and third time overall. Redlands will be flying to Belton for a First Round NCAA postseason game for the second time in three years. The two teams also met in the opening round of the 2011 playoffs.
"I know that both teams are dramatically different," Cru head coach Pete Fredenburg said. "I know we have made a tremendous amount of improvement from that first game and I think they have to. I have a lot of respect for Mike Maynard and his program and it should be a great ball game. We need to get a good game plan and go out and execute it."
UMHB leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 2-0 and posted a 31-13 victory in the 2013 season opener. The Cru has a 21-11 all-time record in the NCAA Division III National Championships. The winner of the UMHB/University of Redlands game will advance to play the winner of the Rowan/Endicott opening round game. The host team for the Second Round will be announced next Sunday afternoon.
Tickets for the UMHB/University of Redlands game will go on sale to previous season ticket holders on Monday, November 18th, from 12:00-6:00 PM. Season ticket holders may also purchase tickets from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 19th. Previous season ticket holders must purchase tickets in person or by phone at (254) 295-4455. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM and then on Friday, November 22nd, from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Reserved tickets are $10 apiece and general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students (ages 3-college age) and will be sold from the Crusader Stadium Gate One ticket windows off of University Drive or by phone at (254) 295-4455. Online ticket sales will open at 7:30 AM Wednesday through the following link: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=5745. There are no complimentary tickets or passes for NCAA postseason contests.