May 23, 2012
Siena College will serve as the proud host of the 2012 MAAC Baseball Championships which commence Thursday at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, N.Y. Manhattan, Canisius, Fairfield and Rider will all vie for the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in a double-elimination format which runs from May 24-27.
Tournament action opens Thursday afternoon with the top-seeded Jaspers taking on No. 4 seed Rider at 3 p.m. The nightcap features second seed Canisius taking on third-seeded Fairfield with first pitch slated for 7 p.m.
The double-elimination championships continue with two games Friday, with the losers of Thursday's games playing an elimination game at 3 p.m., and the victors meeting at 7 p.m. For the complete tournament schedule and ticket information and to watch the games online at MAAC.TV and follow the live stats, click the link at the top of the page.
Siena is hosting the MAAC Baseball Championships for the first time since 1998 and the highlight of the weekend (in addition to the crowning of a champion) will be Friday night's Fireworks Spectacular, set to follow the 7 p.m. game.
All-session passes are available for $30 and include two games Thursday (3 and 7 p.m.), two games Friday (3 and 7 p.m.), two games Saturday (2 p.m. and the first Championship Game at 6 p.m.) and a single game Sunday (second Championship Game) at 1 p.m. if necessary.
Single session tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, but groups of 10 or more can get in for as little as $2 by contacting the Siena Fan Relations Office at 487-2202 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-session and single game tickets can be purchased online by visiting the MAAC Baseball Tournament Central Page.
The defending MAAC Tournament Champions, Manhattan (29-24) recently captured its fourth regular season title in the past five years and is making its 10th consecutive appearance in the conference championships. The Jaspers were red hot down the stretch and have posted a 9-1 record in May and enter the tournament on a seven-game winning streak which is the fifth longest active streak in the country.
Picked first in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, Canisius (31-25) makes its sixth straight appearance in the conference tournament after having qualified just once in the previous 17 seasons. In search of their first MAAC Title, the Golden Griffins have won four in a row and are 8-2 in the month of May.
Picked to finish just seventh in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, Fairfield (27-26) exceeded expectations under first-year head coach Bill Currier. The Stags won a program-record 27 games overall including eight of their final 11 conference games to qualify for the MAAC Championships for the first time since 2000.
Rider (21-32) makes its fifth straight appearance in the MAAC Championships after securing the No. 4 seed. The Broncs have had the most success of any of the teams in the field in recent years, having captured the MAAC Title in both 2008 and 2010.
The winner of the 2012 MAAC Baseball Championships will receive and automatic bid to the 64-team NCAA Tournament.