Tuesday May 19, 2009

One Title Down, One to Go

The Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season baseball champion Dayton Flyers start their quest for a tournament title and NCAA tournament bid at noon Thursday in downtown Dayton.

With its first-ever regular-season conference baseball title in hand, the Dayton Flyers look to add an Atlantic 10 Conference tournament crown and NCAA tournament bid to their list of 2009 season accomplishments, starting at noon Thursday at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton.

The top-seeded Flyers, which play the winner of the Fordham-Massachusetts game, have set school records for most wins in a season (37) and most conference wins in a season (21). The Flyers are the second team in A-10 history to win more than 20 conference games.

Dayton (37-17) also has set a school record for most home runs in a season (75) and is on pace to break the single-season record for batting average.

Fourth-seeded Massachusetts and No. 5 Fordham will kick-off the 2009 Atlantic 10 baseball tournament at noon Wednesday at Fifth Third Field. Third-seeded Xavier and No. 6 Charlotte will follow the Massachusetts-Fordham game. The losers of the first two Wednesday games will play at 7 p.m.

Thursday's action begins with Dayton versus the the Fordham-Massachusetts winner at noon. Second-seeded Rhode Island will face the Xavier-Charlotte winner following the Dayton game.

The double-elimination tournament concludes Saturday. Live audio and video streaming of the tournament will be available for $7.95 per game. Please visit the related link for the complete tournament information.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Four-day tournament passes are $24 and $12, respectively. Tickets for groups of eight or more purchased in advance are $3 each. Call 937-228-BATS to purchase tickets.

Dayton swept three-game series from Fordham and Charlotte in the regular season. Rhode Island swept Dayton in their three-game series. Xavier took two of three from the Flyers this year. Dayton did not play Massachusetts.

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