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Stetson hosts, opens baseball tournament
posted May 21, 2013 - 1:08:19pm
The Stetson University Hatter baseballers not only are hosting the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference baseball tournament here on Melching Field at Conrad Park this week, they are playing in the opening game of the eight-team double-elimination action beginning Wednesday, May. 22.
The Hats have little time to bounced back from their regular season, losing a sweep to Florida Gulf Coast University, which left Stetson as the No. 5 seed, with an overall 26-29 mark and 15-12 in the ASC.
Stetson will open the tournament at 10 a.m. Wednesday, paired with the No. 4 East Tennessee State University Bucs (32-22 ant 17-10). In regular-season play, the Hats defeated the Bucs 7-3 and 2-0, and lost 3-2.
This year, there are eight teams in the tournament, which makes it a five tough days, with four games scheduled during each of the first days.
The other games Wednesday will find No. 8 University of South Carolina Upstate (26-28 and 9-19) squaring off with the No. 1 Mercer Bears (42-14 and 20-7) at 1:15 p.m.; No. 7 Kennesaw State's Owls (26-28 and 13-11) face the No. 2 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (32-18 and 19-8) at 5 p.m.; while at 8:15 p.m., the No. 6 Lipscomb Bisons (24-32 and 13-14) will be paired with the No. 3 University of North Florida Ospreys (38-13 and 18-9).
The busy schedules continues Thursday, May 23, at the same hours, weather permitting. If the Hatters win their opening game, they will play the 5 p.m. game Thursday; however, if they loose, they will be back in action for the 10 a.m. opener.
Friday, there are only two games slated, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the earlier time possibly needed for rain-delayed action.
On Saturday, May 25, games are planned for 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The 5 p.m. game is somewhat up in the air, depending on earlier results. It there is an afternoon game needed, there will also be one at 8:15 p.m. However, the late game will be moved up if needed.
On Sunday, May, 26, the championship is planned for 1 p.m.; however, if another game is needed, it will follow about 30 minutes after the earlier one is completed.
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