GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine baseball team, regular season champion in the Little East Conference, will host the 2012 LEC Baseball Championship Tournament that begins Wednesday morning at the USM Baseball Stadium.
The Huskies (23-16; 11-3) are the top seed and will play sixth-seeded Plymouth State University (17-20; 5-9) in the opening game of the six-team, double-elimination tournament starting at 9:30 a.m. Second-seeded Keene State College (29-11; 10-4) will take on the fifth seed, the University of Massachusetts Boston (18-20-1; 6-8), in the middle game of the day at 12:30 p.m. Defending tournament champion Rhode Island College (25-15; 9-5) is the third seed and plays fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University (28-11; 8-6) in the final game of the first day at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets for each day are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
Southern Maine comes into the tournament riding a seven-game winning streak. USM swept a doubleheader from nationally ranked Eastern Connecticut this past Saturday to clinch its first LEC regular season crown since 2009. Southern Maine has won or shared the LEC regular season crown seven times. This is the sixth time in the 16-year history of the tournament that the LEC championship tourney has been played at USM.
The Huskies, who won the inaugural LEC championship in 1997, are seeking their first tournament championship since 1999.
2012 Little East Conference Baseball Championship Tournament
at USM Baseball Stadium, Gorham, Maine
Day One (Wednesday, May 9)
Game One #6 Plymouth State (17-20) vs. #1 Southern Maine (23-16) 9:30 a.m.
Game Two #5 UMass Boston (18-20-1) vs. #2 Keene State (29-11) 12:30 p.m.
Game Three #4 Eastern Connecticut (28-11) vs. #3 Rhode Island College (25-15) 3:30 p.m.
Game Four Loser of Game One vs. Loser of Game Two 9:30 a.m.
Game Five Loser of Game Three vs. Winner of Game One 12:30 p.m.
Game Six Winner of Game Two vs. Winner of Game Three 3:30 p.m.
Game Seven teams to be determined 9:30 a.m.
Game Eight teams to be determined 12:30 p.m.
Game Nine teams to be determined 3:30 p.m.
Day Four (Saturday, May 12)
Game Ten teams to be determined 12:00 p.m.
Game 11 if necessary