Rose-Hulman to Host 2012 HCAC Baseball Tournament

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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will host the 2012 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, featuring four familiar in-state rivals.

For the third consecutive year, the four teams in the HCAC Baseball Tournament will be Anderson, Franklin, Manchester and Rose-Hulman.  The Fightin' Engineers won the 2009 tournament at Franklin and the 2010 event at Anderson, before Franklin claimed the 2011 championship at Manchester.

Rose-Hulman has earned the top seed with a 27-12 overall record and an 18-6 mark in conference play.  The Fightin' Engineers have qualified for five NCAA Division III Tournaments in their history and won conference tournament titles in 1995, 1996, 2009 and 2010.  Rose-Hulman also claimed its first conference wide regular season championship since 1996 this spring.

Franklin earned the No. 2 seed after recording the best overall record in the HCAC this season at 30-9, including 18-7 in conference play.  The Grizzlies won regular season conference championships in 2002, 2005 and 2009 before earning their first HCAC Tournament title and first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Anderson earned the third seed after finishing 25-15 overall and 17-8 in conference play this spring.  The Ravens have qualified for postseason tournaments 33 times in the last 35 years, including eight apperances in the NCAA Division III World Series and six NCAA Tournament appearances since 1993. 

Manchester captured the fourth seed after finishing 22-18 overall and 14-11 in league play.  The Spartans defeated Transylvania 3-1 on the final day of the regular season to earn the final tournament spot.  Manchester has won four conference tournament championships and advanced to the 2004 NCAA Division III World Series.

Admission to the tournament will be available for $5 per day for adults, with students from HCAC institutions admitted free.

2012 HCAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS

THURSDAY MAY 10 (at Rose-Hulman)
Game 1 - #3 Anderson vs. #2 Franklin, 3 p.m.
Game 2 - #4 Manchester at #1 Rose-Hulman, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY MAY 11 (at Rose-Hulman)
Game 3 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Noon
Game 4 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
Game 5 - Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY MAY 12 (at Rose-Hulman)
Game 6 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, Noon
Game 7 - 30-45 minutes after Game 6 (if needed)