“The Joe” Welcomes the MAAC 2012 Baseball Championship Tournament

This weekend, “The Joe” will be hosting the 2012 MAAC Baseball Championship Tournament. The double-elimination style Tournament will feature the top four teams from the MAAC Confrence’s regular season: Manhattan, Canisius, Fairfield, and Rider. The tournament will begin today, May 24th, with two opening round games. The first begins at 3pm with top-seeded Manhattan taking on the four seed, Rider. Following the first game, the second seed, Canisius will face the three seed, Fairfield at 7pm. Games will continue Friday at 3 and 7pm, with two more games on Saturday as well, (2 and 6pm). Teams will play Sunday afternoon at 1pm, if necessary.

While the tournament is set to get underway this afternoon, “The Joe” has already hosted some great action this week, serving as the venue for the MAAC 2012 Awards Banquet. The final four teams enjoyed dinner on the concourse and also were honored for their achievements. Player of the Year went to Chris Burke of Iona, and Pitcher of the Year was won by Rider starter, Mike Murphy. Also receiving awards were Jon Fitzsimmons and Devon Stewart, both of Canisius, as the Relief Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Coach of the year award went to Fairfield manager, Bill Currier.

The action on tap for this weekend at “The Joe” will definitely prove to be exciting. The winner of the MAAC Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals with an opportunity to move on to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. As is often said, “The Road to Omaha Starts Here!” Be sure to keep up with all the action and get out to “The Joe” for some fun, sunshine, and great baseball action this weekend.

For ticket information, visit maacsports.com, or tcvalleycats.com. To watch all of this weekends’ game action streaming online, go to maac.tv.

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