Mid-South announces Baseball Tournament Opening Round SeriesApril 26, 2016
St. Catharine, Ky. -- With the final regular-season games ending last weekend, the Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament Opening Round is set, conference officials recently announced.
Campbellsville (Ky.), Georgetown (Ky.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Pikeville (Ky.) were named the host of the four opening-round series after finishing in the top four – after the tiebreaker – in the regular season standings.
The opening-round series is the best two-out-of-three format with the winner of each series advancing to next weekend’s four-team double elimination tournament at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Ky.
The winner of the four-team double elimination tournament in Bowling Green will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round that begins May 17th at nine opening-round sites across the NAIA.
Luther Bramblett's squad finished the regular season with a 32-19 record overall. Their 10-11 mark in MSC play earned them a sixth place finish in the regular season standings. As the sixth seed, the Patriots will be traveling to Pikeville, Ky. to take on the No. 3-seed Pikeville.
Cumberland (Tenn.), Georgetown and Pikeville were all tied for third in the final standings, but the Bears earned the three seed based on its 5-1 combined record against Cumberland and Georgetown.
Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson shard the MSC regular season title, but Campbellsville earns the top seed based on their sweep of Lindsey Wilson in the regular season.
Top seed Campbellsville will host eighth-seeded Shawnee State (Ohio) while Lindsey Wilson will host the No. 7-seed Cumberlands (Ky.). The other opening round matchup puts the four seed Georgetown hosting fifth-seeded Cumberland.
In their meeting earlier this season, the Patriots took two-of-three games from the Bears on April 9th and 10th. St. Catharine won the opening game 8-1, but the Bears battled back and won the second game 5-3. The Patriots won the rubber match of the series 9-1.