Playing for the conference championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship along with host Concordia Texas (33-9) will be Texas-Tyler (33-10), Mississippi College (20-22) and McMurry (21-22).
All games will be available for fans to follow through free live video with audio and live statistics. Box scores, recaps, photos and postgame interviews from each game will also be available. The links can be found on the conference's website, www.ASCsports.org.
Action in the double-elimination event gets going on Friday with a 3 p.m. first pitch between Mississippi College and McMurry. Concordia Texas and UT Tyler - both division champions and nationally-ranked - will battle at 7 p.m. later that day.
The losing teams from the first day will play an elimination game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a winner's bracket tilt at 4 p.m. with a ticket to the title game on the line. The win-or-go-home semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The championship game will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with an if-necessary contest starting 30 minutes after.
To advance to the double-elimination tournament, the four squads had to win best-of-three series last weekend against a team from the opposite division. All needed three games to do so.
West Division top seed Concordia Texas rallied past East No. 4 seed Louisiana College 5-8, 3-1 (10) and 9-4; East Division No. 2 UT Tyler outlasted West No. 3 seed Hardin-Simmons 10-0 (7), 5-6 (14) and 3-1; East No. 3 seed Mississippi College edged West No. 2 seed Texas Lutheran
5-3, 3-5, 4-3; and West No. 4 seed McMurry topped East Division co-champion and top seed Texas-Dallas 2-0, 0-7, 3-2.
Concordia Texas and UT Tyler defended their home fields, while Mississippi College and McMurry went on the road to pull upsets.
Earning Most Outstanding Player awards from each first-round series were: Concordia Texas senior outfielder Kyle Bieschke; UT Tyler junior third baseman T.J. Martin; Mississippi College senior left-hander Scott Trousdale; and McMurry senior right-hander Spencer Smith.
Concordia Texas is the defending champion. The Tornados also hoisted the league trophy in 2002 - the only other time they hosted the four-team tournament. McMurry has won a record four ASC baseball titles (1998, 2001, 2004 and 2008). Texas-Tyler won back-to-back conference crowns in 2009 and 2010, while Mississippi College prevailed in 2003.
NOTES: Concordia Texas is ranked No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division III Poll and No. 16 in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 Poll, while UT Tyler is at No. 16 and No. 28, respectively. . . . The West Division has produced 12 ASC titles compared to the East's three
(those of UT Tyler and MC). . . . The host team of the ASC tournament has prevailed seven times in 15 years. . . . . The hosting rights for the championship round rotate each year between each division's top remaining seed. . . . . Returning all-tournament selections from 2011 are: Concordia Texas junior right-handed starter Colin Butscheck, senior shortstop Colton Gommert, senior catcher Collin Janssen and junior right-handed reliever Ryan Ullmann; and McMurry sophomore second baseman Jacob Bermejo. . . . Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for students and free for children 6-years-old and under. Each ticket is a day-pass and will provide admission to all games on that day only. No complimentary pass lists will be accepted. . . . Official short-sleeved tournament T-shirts will be available for $15, while souvenir programs will be $2 (cash only). . . . The address to Tornado Field is: 11140 Concordia University Drive; Austin, Texas; 78726.
MAY 4-6 (FRIDAY-SUNDAY)
(Double Elimination; Hosted by Concordia Texas at Tornado Field in
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Game 5: McMurry vs. Mississippi College, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Texas-Tyler vs. Concordia Texas, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 5
Game 7: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 1 p.m.
Game8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4 p.m.
Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (Semifinal), 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
Game 10 (Championship): Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 1 p.m.
If necessary, Game 11: 30 minutes after Game 10