NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Rhode Island won the Atlantic 10 Conference baseball regular season and will be the top seed for the 2016 A-10 Baseball Championship. The Rams lead a field of seven conference teams that qualified for the double-elimination tournament, which begins Wednesday at Fordham’s Houlihan Park.
The Friday semifinals and Saturday finals will air live on television on the American Sports Network (ASN). Every game of the championship will also be available online on the A-10 Network. The winner will receive the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.
It’s the first regular season title for Rhody since 2013, and the sixth overall for the Rams, which finished with a 27-25 record overall and an 18-6 mark in league play. As the No. 1 seed, URI earns a bye into the second round of the championship and will face the winner of No. 4 Saint Louis and No. 5 Fordham.
Defending A-10 champion VCU is seeded second with a 15-7 conference record and a league-best 36-17 overall mark. VCU will face seventh-seeded George Washington at 1:30 pm Wednesday. The Colonials finished with a 12-12 A-10 record and a 23-21 overall ledger.
Third-seeded Saint Joseph’s will play No. 6 Davidson Wednesday in the championship opener at 10:00 am. The Hawks finished tied with Saint Louis at 15-9, with an overall record of 29-21. SJU wins the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Billikens as a result of a 2-1 record in the regular season series. Davidson, which was 11-11 in league play, tied with GW with a .500 record. The Wildcats, which were 25-24 overall, won the season series with George Washington to win the tiebreaker and secure the No. 6 seed.
No. 4 Saint Louis will play fifth-seeded Fordham at 5:00 pm Wednesday. Host Fordham was 14-10 in conference play and 28-27 overall. The winner advances to face Rhode Island Thursday at 1:30 pm. The VCU-GW winner will play the SJU-Davidson winner Thursday at 10:00 am.
The championship will also feature a free youth clinic Saturday morning. All Little Leaguers, youth baseball teams and players are welcome. Admission is free to the clinic and includes a complimentary mini bat and game ticket for the child. Additional tickets for parents, family, non-participants must be purchased upon entry to the game. The clinic is open to all players eighth grade and below. For more information about the clinic, please contact Stanley Willard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-817-0445.
Tickets for the championship begin at $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 18 and senior citizens. Tickets are available on site at Houlihan Park or by contacting the Fordham ticket office.