With a 10-1 record in the month of May, the Knights baseball squad got hot at the right time. The team goes into the inaugural (and last for RU) American Athletic Conference tournament with a 14-9 conference record to go with its 29-23 overall record.
Rutgers baseball has been one of the steadier and more successful programs On the Banks. The B1G isn't known as a baseball conference, although Indiana is on top now and a slew of different teams have won B1G titles over the last several years. The move to the B1G may not be as challenging for baseball as it may be for some of the other sports. The B1G baseball tournament is in Omaha this weekend; it will be using a double elimination format. Interesting tidbit: Wisconsin does not field a baseball team.
The Knights open tournament play in Pool A against USF, a team it swept at Bainton Field just ten days ago. The team follows that up with a game against Memphis on Friday (RU won 2 of 3 in Tennessee) and then wraps up pool play on Saturday against #6-ranked and top seed Louisville. The Cards beat RU two out of three in late March in Louisville. Pool B consists of UCF, Houston, Temple, and UConn.
The winners of each pool meet in a single elimination final on Sunday. That game will be televised on ESPNU at noon. The conference's online network will carry all other games.