NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —Saint Louis claimed its fifth Atlantic 10 baseball regular season title, and will be the top seed for the upcoming Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship. The Billikens will be looking for their fourth A-10 crown, and their first since 2013, in the double-elimination tournament, which begins Wednesday at George Washington’s Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.
Every game of the 2018 A-10 Baseball Championship will 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.
Saint Louis finished the regular season with a 19-4 (.826) mark in the A-10 and 35-18 (.660) overall. Led by Jake Garella, Nick Reeser and senior pitcher Miller Hogan, the Billikens will get a first-round bye and will begin championship play Thursday at 1:30 pm.
George Mason and Fordham tied for second at 16-8 (.667). The Patriots won the tiebreaker based on results against the highest-seeded common opponent, and will be the second seed. Mason had a 26-25 overall mark (.510) and will face seventh-seeded George Washington. The Colonials were 13-11 (.542) in league play, 29-24 (.547) overall, and won a tiebreaker with Rhode Island for the final spot based on winning percentage versus common opponents.
Third-seeded Fordham had an overall record of 34-17-1 (.663), and will play sixth-seeded VCU in the championship’s first game, Wednesday at 10:00 am. VCU, last year’s regular season champion, was 14-10 (.583) in league play and 34-21 (.618) overall.
No. 4 Richmond finished at 15-9 (.625) in the A-10 and 31-22 (.585) overall will begin championship play Wednesday at 5:00 pm against No. 5 Davidson. The Wildcats, defending champions, were 14-10 (.583) in league play and 32-19 (.627) overall this season. Davidson won a head-to-head tiebreaker with VCU for the fifth seed. The UR/DAV winner advances to face Saint Louis 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, and 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.