GORHAM, Maine — The University of Southern Maine baseball team has been named the top seed for the NCAA Division III New England regional that begins Wednesday at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Massachusetts.

USM gained an automatic berth for the tourney by winning the Little East Conference championship.

The Huskies will play No. 8 Suffolk (18-24) in the regional’s second game at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. The double-elimination tourney, hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference, will be held through Saturday, with an if-necessary game on Sunday.

The other games set for Wednesday are: No. 5 MIT (25-12) vs. No. 4 Salem State (25-13), 10 a.m.; No. 6 Castleton State (31-10) vs. No. 3 Ramapo (28-14), 4:30 p.m.; and No. 7 Curry (23-13) vs. No. 2 Wesleyan (28-9), 7:45 p.m.

The winners of the eight regional tournaments will qualify for the national championship tournament May 22-26 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.

UNE names athletic director

Jack McDonald has been named an associate vice president and director of athletics at the University of New England, UNE President Danielle N. Ripich announced in a news release Monday.

“Jack McDonald is the consummate builder. He brings to UNE, Maine’s largest private university, his experience, enthusiasm and energy to build our growing athletics program,” Ripich said in the release. “We all welcome him and a new era of leadership for our athletics program.”

McDonald comes to UNE from NCAA Division I Quinnipiac University, where he served as the Bobcats’ director of athletics for 20 years. Before his tenure at Quinnipiac, McDonald was director of athletics at the University of Denver (1990-95) and assistant athletic director for marketing at Boston College (1987-90).

While at Quinnipiac, McDonald was instrumental in the Bobcats making the transition from being a NCAA Division II institution to its status as a Division I member. He also successfully gained conference membership for Quinnipiac to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, as well as ECAC Hockey for both the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs.

UMaine has 3 America East award nominees

UMaine track and field performer Wilson Adams has been nominated for the America East Man of the Year Award, while Black Bears field hockey standout Holly Stewart and swimmer Naja Harvey have been nominated for the America East Woman of the Year honor.

Nominees are those who have best exemplified a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics during their collegiate careers. They must have completed their athletic eligibility in their primary sport and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.