TERRE HAUTE, IN – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed its first regular season baseball title since 1996 as a member of ICAC, earning the right to host the 2012 HCAC Baseball Tournament. The tournament will be held at Art Nehf Field on the campus of Rose-Hulman Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The Engineers, coached by Jeff Jenkins, earned the No. 1 seed with a 27-12 record overall and an 18-6 mark in league play. Franklin finished second with an 18-7 record in HCAC action and an overall mark of 30-9. Anderson placed third in the league standings, posting a 25-15 overall record and 17-8 tally in league play. Manchester (22-18, 14-11 HCAC) finished fourth in the league standings and rounds out the four team field.
The same four teams have participated in the HCAC tournament the past three seasons. Last year at Manchester, Franklin defeated the Spartans 9-0 in the championship contest.
No. 2 seed Franklin opens play at 3:00 PM against Anderson Thursday. Top seed Rose-Hulman will tangle with Manchester in the second game at 7:00 PM.
The Engineers closed out the HCAC schedule with a 4-2 mark to earn the top seed. Rose-Hulman finished the conference schedule with a 10-3 mark at home this season.
Franklin went 9-1 down the stretch to move into the second seed, while Anderson lost five of their last eight games heading into the tournament to earn the third seed. Manchester won three of their last four games to edge out Transylvania for the final spot in the field.
Three games will be played Friday, beginning at 12:00 PM, and the championship game in the double-elimination event is set for Saturday at noon. An automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship will be awarded to the winner of the championship.
Admission to the tournament will be available for $5 per day for adults, with students from HCAC institutions admitted free.
May 10-12, 2012
Thursday, May 10
Friday, May 11