UW-La Crosse is hoping to take it one step further this year at the NCAA Div. III Baseball Championships.
The Eagles are back after finishing runners-up last year to SUNY-Cortland in the finals.
UW-L is coming off a remarkable run in the Midwest Regionals in which they outscored their opponents 44-8 in four games.
They were challenged only once.
That came in a 5-3 regional-clinching win over St. John's.
But, with the field now down to the eight best teams in the country, they know nothing will come easy.
"It's going to be tough to win them but every team that makes it to the (Div. III) World Series is good. That doesn't mean we have to do anything outside of our ability. We just have to play the way we know how to. We're a good team too and we'll be able to take care of business," said pitcher Troy Kenkel.
"I think we're going to have to play good competition no matter where we are. You can say on paper it looks like our bracket is loaded compared to the other one. You have some rankings and so forth that might suggest that. But all eight of these teams won their respective regionals. So they're all pretty dang good," said head coach Chris Schwarz.
UW-L will play Trinity University Friday afternoon at 1:15 in Pool A at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.
It's double-elimination with the winners from both pools meeting in a best of three series to determine the winner.