Led by captains DJ Long and Nick Ferdinand, Delaware (33-20, 15-12 CAA) returns to the CAA Baseball Championships as the No. 3 seed for the second straight season. The Hens’ 33 regular season victories are the most by a Delaware team since 2002 as UD vies for its first CAA title and looks to avenge last year’s championship game loss to the UNCW Seahawks.
Regular season champion UNCW (37-19, 18-8 CAA) earned the top seed in the upcoming championships while William & Mary (35-20, 17-10 CAA) captured the No. 2 seed. Both schools received a first round bye in the six-team double-elimination tournament. Rounding out the tournament field is No. 4 Towson (25-28, 14-13 CAA), No. 5 Northeastern (28-24, 12-15 CAA) and No. 6 James Madison (24-28, 11-15 CAA).
Delaware’s quest for a CAA championship begins on Wednesday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m. when the Hens play James Madison in the second game on the opening day of the tournament. UD and JMU will follow the Towson vs. Northeastern game that is set to start at 12 noon. The losers of the first two games will meet in an elimination contest at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
On Thursday, defending champion UNCW will play the Towson/Northeastern winner at 12 noon. William & Mary meets the Delaware/JMU winner at 3:30 p.m. An elimination game follows at 7 p.m.
Tournament action continues with three games on Friday with the CAA championship game set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.
Adult all-session tickets are $35 for chair-back reserved seats and $25 for general admission. Single-day seats are $15 for chair-back reserved and $10 for general admission. JMU faculty/staff, seniors (62+) and youth (6-17) tickets are $15 for all-session passes and $5 for a single-day pass. Students from participating CAA institutions are admitted free with a valid student ID.
Audio and video for every game of the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship will be carried live for free in high definition on CAA.TV and via select CAA mobile apps. A free login will be required to view the games or listen to the action both via CAA.TV on a computer or using the CAA's mobile apps. The same free login link will be provided accordingly on the Baseball Championship Central page early next week. Download the iPhone app now to listen for free to all the championship action and get the iPad app now to watch the free high definition CAA.TV broadcast.
For more information, visit the CAA Championship Central page at caasports.com.