Top-seeded Hornets to Face Savannah State in MEAC Tournament Opener
DOVER, Del. -The Delaware State University baseball team’s quest for the 2014 MEAC Tournament championship will begin with a match-up against defending champ Savannah State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Norfolk State University's Marty Miller Field.
The Hornets are one of two No. 1 tournament seeds by virtue of winning its third straight MEAC North championship this season. Savannah State is the No. 4 South seed.
Delaware State posted a 30-15 overall record and 17-7 mark in the MEAC North this season. Savannah State was 19-30 in all games and 11-13 in MEAC Southern Division contests this year.
The Hornets and Tigers have not met since a 2012 MEAC Tournament contest. Delaware State won the game 10-8 in the only tournament meeting between the teams.
Delaware State leads the all-time series 10-6-1.
Also in the first round on Wednesday, No. 1 South seed Bethune-Cookman will take on No. 4 North Maryland-Eastern Shore. The other first round match ups pit No. 2 North Norfolk State against No. 3 South NC Central; and No. 3 North Coppin State against No. 2 South Florida A&M.
The double-elimination tournament will continue for the next four days.
The championship round begins on Sunday (May 18) at 1 p.m. If a second game is needed, it will be played on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Hornets are seeking their first MEAC Tournament championship since winning their lone title in 1989. DSU has reached the tournament final six times (1988, ’89, ’91, ’93, ’04, and ’12).
Savannah State won the 2013 MEAC Tournament in its second year as an official league member, ending Bethune-Cookman’s seven-year championship run. Bethune-Cookman has won 13 of the last 15 MEAC Tournament championships; and leads all teams with 16 titles in the 36-year history of the tournament.
The winner of the MEAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Tournament Regionals.