CHICAGO --- Five of six teams are set for the 2013 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, including No. 1 seed and regular-season champion Judson University, with the double-elimination tournament set to begin on Tuesday (April 30). Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind. will again serve as the site of this year's championship series.
Olivet Nazarene University, the South Division champion, has the No. 2 seed followed by North Division runner-up Robert Morris University at No. 3. The final three seeds all come out of the South Division with Purdue University North Central earning the No. 4 seed and University of St. Francis, the tournament champion each of the past two years, at No. 5.
The final spot is still up in the air between Saint Xavier University (23-18) and Trinity Christian College (21-20). The latter has its fate in its own hands taking on Calumet College of St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the regular-season finale in Whiting. If the Trolls win, they will match Saint Xavier with an 18-12 league record, but will gain the final spot by virtue of taking two of three games during the regular season from the Cougars. If Trinity Christian falls, Saint Xavier is in.
In either case, the No. 6 seed will have a quick turnaround having to open the tournament just a little over 12 hours after gaining entry against No. 1-seeded Judson (40-15).
In the second game on Tuesday, Olivet Nazarene (32-17) goes up against St. Francis (29-22) at 2 p.m. with Robert Morris (32-16) meeting Purdue North Central at 6 p.m.
The tournament continues through Friday with the tournament champion advancing to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round the following week. Judson already punched its ticket to the Opening Round by winning the regular-season crown for the second year in a row.
Should Judson also win the tournament, the tournament runner-up will gain the conference's second automatic bid to the Opening Round.
The game-by-game tournament schedule is as follows:
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
Game #1: No. 6 seed Saint Xavier (23-18) or Trinity Christian (21-20) vs. No. 1 seed Judson (40-15) --- 10 a.m.
Game #2: No. 5 seed St. Francis (29-22) vs. No. 2 seed Olivet Nazarene (32-17) --- 2 p.m.
Game #3: No. 4 seed Purdue North Central (25-15) vs. No. 3 seed Robert Morris --- 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Game #4: Loser-Game 1 vs. Loser-Game 2 --- 10 a.m.
Game #5: Loser-Game 3 vs. Winner-Game 1 --- 2 p.m.
Game #6: Winner-Game 2 vs. Winner-Game 3 --- 6 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
(Note: Bracket could change depending upon how many teams remain after the first two days)
Game #7: Winner-Game 5 vs. Winner-Game 6 --- 10 a.m.
Game #8: Winner-Game 4 vs. Loser-Game 6 --- 2 p.m.
Game #9: Loser-Game 7 vs. Winner-Game 8 --- 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
Game #10: Winner-Game 7 vs. Winner-Game 9
Game #11: Winner-Game 10 vs. Loser-Game 10 (if necessary)
For the complete tournament bracket, go to: CCAC Baseball Tournament Schedule