The Peru State Bobcat baseball team finished the regular season with a 32-18 overall record and a 21-11 Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) mark.
Their Heart record earned the Bobcats the fourth overall seed in the conference's post-season tournament which begins Wednesday, May 3, at US Baseball Park in Ozark, Mo. Peru State finished second in the Heart North Division behind Clarke (Iowa) which earned the tournament's overall number one seed.
Four teams, Culver-Stockton (Mo.), Evangel (Mo.), Avila (Mo.), and Graceland (Iowa), will begin play on Wednesday in play-in games to determine who will receive the seventh and eighth seeds.
Central Methodist (Mo.) and Benedictine (Kan.) earned the second and third seeds respectively.
The Bobcats, with the fourth seed, will open on Thursday at 1 p.m. against the fifth-seeded Grand View (Iowa) Vikings. MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) is the sixth seed in the tourney.
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Peru State enters the tournament with seven of its regular starters batting over .300 – Brandon Sedell (Davie, Fla.) - .368, Gianfranco Garlobo (Carolina, Puerto Rico) - .368, Joshua Banuelos (Moreno Valley, Calif.) - .356, Mark McGinnity (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) - . 325, Bryan Ventura Castro (Carolina, Puerto Rico) - .323, Edwin Muniz (Dorado, Puerto Rico) - .320, and Jordan Kelly (Omaha) - .314.
Ventura Castro leads the team with 39 runs batted in while Darren Hasch (Destin, Fla.) and Scout Villanueva (Bakersfield, Calif.) each have 35 RBIs.
Alberto Rosario (Carolina, Puerto Rico) leads the pitching staff with a 2.66 earned run average. Ben Carr (Omaha) has a 2.89 earned run average while other regular starter Javier Vasquez (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) is at 4.30.
Rosario leads the team with six wins while Carr, Vasquez, and Tanner DeGafferelly (Fort Walton, Fla.) each have four victories. Rosario has struck out 70 batters with Carr having 31 and Vasquez 25.
As a team, Peru State is listed in three different NAIA Top 50 Team rankings at the end of the regular season: 34th in slugging percentage (0.481), 39th in batting average (0.315), and 43rd in home runs per game (0.880).
Individually, Rosario and Ventura Castro are listed in some individual statistical categories. Rosario is 14th in total runs allowed (20), 30th in opponent batting average (0.212), 34th in total hits allowed (47), 37th in hits allowed per nine (6.93), 39th in total earned runs allowed (18), and 46th in earned run average (2.660). Ventura Castro is 21st in total triples (5) and 33rd in triples per game (0.111).
With a win, the Bobcats would play at 4 p.m. on May 5 against either Clarke or the eighth seed. A loss would force the 'Cats to play at 10 a.m. on Friday.