Spartans Face Top-Seeded Mercer in A-Sun Championship

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Contact: David Beall,
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After storming back with a pair of ninth-inning runs Saturday afternoon to secure a spot in postseason play, the USC Upstate baseball team will be the No. 8 seed and face top-seeded Mercer in the opening round of 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

The A-Sun Championship is set to take place May 22-26 on the campus Stetson University in Deland, Fla., at Melching Field. Upstate and Mercer will play the second game of the tournament Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. after No. 4 ETSU and No. 5 Stetson open the championship at 10 a.m.

The final two games of the opening day will feature No. 2 FGCU vs. No. 7 Kennesaw State at 5 p.m., followed by No. 3 North Florida vs. No. 6 Lipscomb at 8:15 p.m.

The Spartans were swept by Mercer earlier this season at Harley Park in what has turned into a heated rivalry between the two clubs. Upstate has dropped 11 straight games in the all-time series against the Bears, including an 11-2 affair last year in the opening round of the A-Sun Championship.

After dropping both contests at the 2012 A-Sun Championship, Upstate will be looking to capture its first Division I postseason win in program history.

Every contest of the tournament can be seen live on ASunTV, while the championship game(s) will be televised on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.

TICKETS

Day Passes for the A-Sun Championship will be available for $15 for General Admission (bleachers) and $20 for reserved seating during the tournament ONLY. Tournament Passes are available for purchase until May 21 for $45 for General Admission (bleachers) and $55 for Reserved Seating by calling (386) 822-8110. Tournament Passes will not be sold during the tournament.

FACILITY

One of the most picturesque, fan-friendly stadiums in the nation, Melching Field at Conrad Park enters its thirteenth season as the home of the Stetson Hatters. At a cost of $4.5 million, Melching Field was the result of a joint effort between Stetson University, DeLand Sports Redevelopment Association and the City of DeLand. Built on the same site as old Conrad Park, Melching Field opened on Feb. 12, 1999 as the Hatters defeated Louisville 4-3 before an overflow crowd of 2,874 fans. This season marks the 15th time that Stetson has hosted the Atlantic Sun Baseball Championship.

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