NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —VCU claimed its first-ever Atlantic 10 baseball regular season title, and will be the top seed for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship. The Rams will be looking for their second A-10 crown in the double-elimination tournament, which begins Wednesday at Saint Louis' Billiken Sports Center.
The first two days of the 2017 A-10 Baseball Championship will be streamed on the A-10 Network while Friday and Saturday's games will air on the American Sports Network (ASN). Those games will also be streamed on the A-10 Network. The winner of the A-10 championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
VCU finished the regular season with a 19-5 (.792) mark in the A-10 and 33-20 (.623) overall. Led by senior outfielder Logan Farrar and senior pitcher Brooks Vial, the Rams will get a first-round bye and will open championship play Thursday at 1:30 pm.
Second-seeded Rhode Island closed out the regular season with a 17-6 (.739) mark in league play and a 30-20 (.600) record overall. The defending A-10 champions, Rhody will face No. 7 George Mason at 1:30 pm on Wednesday in the first round. The Patriots were 13-11 (.542) in Atlantic 10 plan and 25-31 (.446) overall, finishing tied for sixth in the conference race.
Third-seeded St. Bonaventure will make its first baseball championship appearance since 2008 and will play sixth-seeded Davidson in the championship's first game, Wednesday at 10:00 am. The Bonnies were 26-20 (.565) overall and 15-8 (.652) in conference play, their best regular season finish since 2006. Davidson was 13-11 (.542) in league play and won a tiebreaker with George Mason, posting a better record between the two teams' common conference opponents. The Wildcats were 27-23 (.540) overall.
No. 4 George Washington finished at 14-10 (.583) in the A-10 and 30-25 (.545) overall will open the championship Wednesday at 5:00 pm against No. 5 Saint Louis. The host Billikens were 32-20 (.615) overall and 12-10 (.545) in conference games this season. The GW/SLU winner advances to face VCU Thursday at 1:30 pm.
There will be four games on Wednesday and Thursday, including at least one consolation bracket elimination game each day. Friday's semifinal day has three games, two of which are elimination games. The championship final will be played Saturday at noon on ASN. The if necessary game will take place immediately after the first final, if needed.
Tickets to the championship are $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for students, seniors and youth. An All-Session ticket book is available for $25.00 for adults and $12.00 for students, seniors and youth. Tickets may be purchased at the gate, or pre-purchased online here: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/slu/EN/buy/browse?CONTENT_ID=1872562&DB_OEM_ID=31600
Additionally, Saint Louis Athletics, in conjunction with the A-10, will host a FREE community youth baseball clinic on Saturday, May 27 at the Billiken Sports Center. Check-in will begin at 9:30 am and the clinic will run from 10 am - 11:30 am. The clinic is open to all children ages 8-12 and will cover the fundamentals of baseball including hitting, fielding and throwing. Open to the first 60 kids that apply, participants will receive a free A-10 mini baseball bat and free admission to the 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship game that will be played following the clinic. For more information, click here: http://www.slubillikens.com/quest/Questionaire.dbml?QID=248821&DB_OEM_ID=27200
#1 – VCU (19-5)
#2 – Rhode Island (17-6)
#3 – St. Bonaventure (15-8)
#4 – George Washington (14-10)
#5 – Saint Louis (12-10)
#6 – Davidson (13-11)*
#7 – George Mason (13-11)*
*Davidson wins tiebreaker with George Mason based on winning percentage vs. common conference opponents.