LOWELL, MASS. - The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will welcome the America East Conference Championship to LeLacheur Park May 22-24 with a trip to the College World Series on the line.
While the tournament teams are still to be decided, regular season champion Maine is sure to be one of the participants, with 2012 tournament upstart Stony Brook on the cusp of qualifying for the four-team tournament.
"With UMass-Lowell joining the America East Conference in 2013, we are thrilled to welcome the tournament to LeLacheur Park," said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. "The America East is a premier conference with an incredible wealth of talent. This will represent an excellent chance for baseball fans in the region to see top notch talent in advance of the Spinners season."
The tournament kicks off Wednesday, May 22 at 4pm with #1 Maine taking on #4 Stony Brook. The day's second game squares off #2 Binghamton vs. #3 Albany.
Thursday's schedule will feature the two losers from Wednesday playing at 4pm, with the winners facing off at 8pm, leading into Friday's match-ups, with the winner of the loser's bracket facing off against the the loser of the winner's at 4pm, and the winner of that game advancing to play the winner's bracket winner at 8pm.
The tournament would extended into Saturday if the winner has not been decideded for an 8pm start.
All games in the tournament will be streamed free of charge through www.AmericaEast.com and the Championship Game will be televised live on ESPN3 Friday, May 24 (potentially Saturday, May 25) at 8 p.m.
"We hope this is the start of a lengthy partnership," said Bawmann. "From Commissioner Huchthausen on down, this is a top notch organization to work with and we look forward to the tournament finding a long-time home at LeLacheur!"