|Top Seed Charlotte Plays Thursday at A-10 Conference Baseball Tournament|
After capturing a share of its third regular season title in the past four years, Charlotte is the top seed for the 2010 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship, to be held May 26-29 at Campbell's Field in Camden, N.J. Earning a bye at the tournament, the 49ers will wait until Thursday at noon for its tournament debut, taking on the winner of Wednesday's Fordham/Saint Louis matchup.
Charlotte (20-7/37-15) seeks their third A-10 crown and enters this week's Championship boasting a conference-best .329 batting average, while the 49ers bullpen has registered 18 of the team's 37 victories on the year. Junior Corey Shaylor leads Charlotte with a .401 batting average, while junior Ryan Rivers paces the team in RBI (59), total bases (125) and slugging percentage (.616).
Also securing a first round bye is No. 2 seed and defending champion Xavier (18-9/25-30). Making their fourth consecutive Championship appearance, the Musketeers won their final eight games in A-10 play and are led by first baseman Ben Thomas, who leads the team with 12 homers and 65 RBI.
Play commences on Wednesday, May 26, with No. 4 Fordham (15-12/21-33) facing fifth-seeded Saint Louis (15-12/29-27) at 12:00pm., while third-seeded Rhode Island (17-10/29-24) squares off against No. 6 La Salle (14-13/21-30) at 3:30pm. Fordham won three of its final four A-10 series and seeks its second A-10 crown and first since 1998. Having advanced to the Championship for the first time since capturing the 2006 crown, the SLU staff has amassed 12 complete games. The Billikens are anchored by senior first baseman Danny Brock, the A-10 leader with 69 RBI.
Making its league-leading eighth-straight Championship appearance, Rhode Island is led by senior righthander Tim Boyce, who enters the postseason having tossed 34 consecutive scoreless innings and is the lone hurler in Division I to record consecutive complete-game shutouts this season. Having qualified for the Championship for the first time since 1999, La Salle freshman Pat Christensen has established a program single-season record with 10 saves.
On Thursday, May 27, No. 1 Charlotte takes on the FOR-SLU winner at 12:00pm, followed by second-seeded Xavier versus the URI-LAS winner at 3:30pm.
Single-game tickets start as low as $8 for adults and $4 for students, senior citizens and children under 18, while four-day packages are $24 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and children under 18. Game times are 12:00pm, 3:30pm and 7:00pm on May 26-28 and 12:00pm and 3:30pm (if necessary) on May 29.
Charlotte fans can get free live audio for the tournament at charlotte49ers.com, while live audio and video streaming of the Championship will be available for pay-per-view at a cost of $7.95 per game by the league. For complete coverage of the 2010 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship, log on to www.atlantic10.org.