The St. Catharine College Bat Pats open up their post-season with the Mid-South Conference Tournament Thursday in Columbia. The #4 seeded Pats (32-23, 11-9), open up with #5 seed Shawnee State University (31-23, 11-10) at 2:00est at Lindsey Wilson College.
"We're excited about the tournament," noted Patriot skipper Luther Bramblett. "Our conference is extremely tough and anyone can win this week. It'll be an exciting week of baseball!"
The Patriots swept the regular season series, winning 2-1, 1-0 and 6-2. The Bears are third in the MSC with a .315 team average and lead the league with 6.85 runs per game. Their pitching staff carries a 4.36 ERA. The Patriots are 4th in the conference with a 3.53 ERA and 9th with a .275 batting average, but average 6.26 runs a game. Both clubs are fielding around the .950 mark.
"They are a good club. They really swing the bats well and their staff fills up the zone. We are going to have to play really well to advance, it's tough to beat a team three times - but four is asking a lot." commented Bramblett. "Our guys will compete and leave it on the field. It's an exciting time of the year!"
The Patriots are in the same bracket with #1 seed and 10th ranked Lindsey Wilson College. The Raiders play the winner of the play-in game with #8 Rio Grande University and #9 University of Pikeville at 11:00am Thursday. The loser bracket game will follow the SC v SSU matchup at 5:00 and the winners bracket game will start at 8:00.
At Campbellsville University, the #2 seed Georgetown College will play #7 seed University of the Cumberlands at 10:00am. #3 seed Campbellsville University will play #6 seed UVA Wise at 1:00. The bracket will play out the same at the CU site.
The tournament will finish at Campbellsville University starting Friday. You can follow the tournament action by clicking here or at the MSC website.