Friday’s College Baseball Scoreboard & Wrapup (5/25/12)

May 26, 2012
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Friday had some appearance of more “normalcy” … but at the end of the day, it was more of the same upheavel from the previous couple days – as conference tournament seeding remained essentially a 50-50 proposition, with lower seeds winning nearly half of the games  (28-30; 48%) among 21 conference tournaments that were being contested with automatic NCAA bids on the line. By our count, 11 different top seeds now have failed to reach their conference tournament final (listed below).  front-page photo courtesy of Furman

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Over the past three days (May 23-25), lower-seeded teams have held a slight edge – 92-90 (50.5%)  – when playing vs. higher-seeded/ranked teams, in conference tournament games (and a sprinkling of non-tournament games) with potential bearing on the NCAA field. When factoring in a limited schedule from Tuesday, the higher seeds/favorites have a slight 103-100 margin in games played from May 22-25.

There were seven games on Friday involving regular-season series that are closing play in the Pac-12, Big West and WCC (favorites won four, with three upsets). Combined with the conference tournaments, that gives the favorites a slight edge (34-31) for Friday’s final won-loss ledger when tracking significant games.

Scroll down for more summary notes and highlights, along with all of Friday’s results and indications included on the status of various teams in their tournament brackets (a rundown from the previous three days also is included at the bottom of this page).

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Friday’s finals resulted in seven top seeds failing to reach their conference tournament finals:
• Florida State (ACC) fell out of the running to win its pool when 8-seed Georgia Tech routed (4) Virginia, 17-5 in 7 inn. (GT earlier had defeated FSU) and the ‘Noles ended up losing anyway to (5) Clemson, 9-7.
• LSU was eliminated from the SEC, following a second loss at the tournament vs. (7) Mississppi State, 4-3 in 10 innings.
• Appalachian State went out in the Southern Conference tournament, after a 13-4 loss to 8-seed Furman.
• New Mexico State went 0-2 in the WAC, following a 15-12 loss to (6) Louisiana Tech.
BIG EAST favorite Louisville lost a pair of games on Friday: 4-1 vs. (5) Connecticut and 6-2 vs. (4) South Florida
• Sam Houston State won an elimination game in the Southland but then lost to (4) Texas Arlington, 7-1.
• St. Louis initially fought off elimination in the Atlantic-10 but then lost 3-2 to (5) Richmond.

Four top seeds already had been eliminated from reaching their conference tournament finals: Rice in Conference USA (could not win its pool) … Indiana State in the Missouri Valley (went 0-2) … Florida Atlantic in the Sun Belt (could not win its pool) … and Jackson State in the SWAC (went out early a week ago, in that tournament).

In addition to the eight losses referenced above (two by Louisville), there were two other #1 seeds that lost on Friday: FAU in a 5-4, 10-inn. Sun Belt game vs. (4) South Alabama (again, FAU already was out of the running it its pool) … and Oral Roberts, which lost a 4-3, 10-inning game vs. (3) North Dakota State in the Summit League.

Two conferences saw both their top seed and 2-seed get upset on Friday: the Southland (Southeastern Louisiana lost 4-3 to 6-seed Stephen F. Austin) … and the Sun Belt (Arkansas State was a 6-3 loser vs. Troy, also a 6-seed).

Friday’s 28 wins by the lower seeds included all three games in the BIG EAST (also 7-seed Notre Dame eliminating 3-seed Seton Hall, 4-3) and all three in the Sun Belt (also 7-seed Middle Tennessee’s 11-6 win over 3-seed FIU). Three of the four Friday games in the Southland were won by lower seeds (also SFA’s 9-7 win vs. 3-seed Texas State) and there were five conferences with two lower-seed wins on Friday: ACC, SEC, CUSA, WAC and A-10.

Among Friday’s 21 conference tournaments that were playing in quest of an NCAA automatic berth, four produced wins by all of the higher seeds: the Atlantic Sun (3/3), the Mountain West (2/2), the Big South (2/2) and the Metro Atlantic/MAAC (2/2).

Three noteworthy 2-seeds were eliminated from contending for their conference tournaments on Friday, as South Carolina lost a 3-2 game to SEC 3-seed Florida … Texas A&M was a 5-3 loser vs. 7-seed Kansas in the Big 12 … and Central Florida fell out of the running in its pool in the CUSA (thanks to a second upset by 7-seed UAB, which had beaten UCF a day earlier.

In Friday’s Pac-12 rivalry series openers, Oregon State’s 7-3 win over visiting Oregon coupled with Arizona’s 1-0 home win over Arizona State leaves the Ducks and Wildcats tied atop the conference standings, one game ahead of UCLA (a 3-1 winner over USC). Stanford had a chance to be one game back as well, but the Cardinal lost a “lets-play-two” marathon vs. Cal, 5-4 in 18 innings.

Pepperdine shut out San Diego, 4-0, to open the series that will decide the WCC title and NCAA automatic bid. Long Beach State won by the same score at Long Beach State, clinching a share of the Big West title for the Titans – but if Long Beach wins the final two games, LBSU would get the league’s NCAA bid (CSF then would be an at-large entrant).

A couple other quick notes:

• 15 different 2-seeds have been eliminated so far, eight of them on Friday: North Carolina (ACC) … South Carolina (SEC) … Texas A&M (Big 12) … UCF (CUSA) … Hofstra (Colonial) … Eastern Kentucky (OVC) … Wright State (Horizon) … and Oakland (Summit) … the seven 2-seeds eliminated earlier in the week were: College of Charleston (SoCon) … Missouri State (MVC) … Campbell (Big South; lost twice on Thur.) … South Carolina Upstate (A-Sun) … Toledo (MAC) … Albany (America East) … and Texas Pan-American (Great West).

• Georgia Tech’s 17-5 win over Virginia is the most lopsided win by an 8-seed in ACC Tournament history. A day earlier, GT became only the third ACC 8-seed ever to beat a 1-seed (FSU).

• Georgia Tech, Clemson and Virginia all still could win their ACC pool, while Miami and NC State still are in the running from the other 4-team group. The CUSA pool winners are set (Memphis an UAB) while Louisiana-Monroe already had clinched its Sun Belt pool (the other still is TBA).

• Top seed Stony Brook won the America East  title, closing with a 13-6 win over 4-seed Maine.

• Stanford (18) and California (17) combined to leave 35 runners on base (20 in extra-innings) during that 18-inning win by the Bears.

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FRIDAY’S KEY GAMES (schedule & results; May 25, 2012)
(sorted based on RPI for each conference, per WarrenNolan.com)

upsets in italics

ACC Tournament  (Greensboro, NC) … Tournament Central
• 8-seed Georgia Tech 17 ... def. (4) Virginia 5  (GT 2-0, VA 1-1)
• 5-seed Clemson 9 … def. (1) Florida State 7  
(CL 1-1, FSU 0-2) 
• 6-seed Miami 6 … def. (7) Wake Forest 3  (MIA 2-1, WF 1-2)
… Other  Pool Records: UNC 1-1, NC-State 1-1
… Can’t Reach Title Game: FSU, UNC & WFU

SEC Tournament  (Hoover, AL) … Tournament Central
• 7-seed Mississippi State 4 … elim.(1) LSU 3
• 3-seed Florida 7 … elim. (2) South Carolina 2
… Others in Bracket Finals: (4) Kentucky & (5) Vanderbilt 
… Eliminated: (6) Arkansas, (8) Georgia, (9) Ole Miss, (10) Auburn, (1) LSU & (2) South Carolina

Big 12 Tournament  (Oklahoma City, OK) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed Baylor 11 … elim. (8) Kansas State 2 
• 7-seed Kansas 5 … elim. (2) Texas A&M 3
… Others in Bracket Finals: (4) Oklahoma & (6) Missouri
… Eliminated: (5) OK State, (3) Texas, (8) Kansas State & (2) Texas A&M

Conference USA Tournament  (Pearl, MS) … Tournament Central
• 7-seed UAB 6 … def. (3) Tulane 3
• 2-seed Central Florida 11 … def. (6) East Carolina 1  
• 8-seed Houston 7 … def. (5) Memphis 3
… Memphis won pool-1 (off Sat.) & UAB has clinched pool-2 (prior to Sat.)
… Others in 8-team field: (1) Rice & (4) Southern Miss.

Missouri Valley Tournament  (Springfield, MO) … Tournament Central
• No games on Friday
… Final on Sat.: (8) Creighton vs. (6) Southern Illinois
… Eliminated: (1) Indiana St, (3) Wichita St, (5) Evansville, (7) Bradley, (4) Illinois St & (2) Missouri St

Southern Conference Tournament  (Greensville, SC) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Elon 7 … elim. (7) The Citadel 3
• 8-seed Furman 13 … elim. (1) Appalachian State 4
… Others in Bracket Finals: (4) Samford & (6) Georgia Southern
… Eliminated: (2) Coll. Charleston, (5) Western Carolina, (7) Citadel & (1) App State

Western Athletic Tournament  (Mesa, AZ) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed Louisiana Tech 15 … elim. (1) New Mexico State 12 
• 6-seed Louisiana Tech 18 … elim.  (3) Nevada 5
• 2-seed Sacramento State 8 … def. (5) Fresno State 5  (Sac-St no losses)
… Eliminated: (4) Hawaii, (1) NM State & (3) Nevada

Big Ten Tournament  (Columbus, OH) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed Ohio State 4 … elim. (4) Nebraska 2
• 5-seed Michigan State 6 … elim. (6) Ohio State 2
• 1-seed Purdue 3 … def. (2) Indiana 0  (PUR no losses)
… Eliminated: (3) Penn St, (4) Nebraska & (6) Ohio State

Atlantic Sun Tournament  (DeLand, FL) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed Belmont 10 … elim. (5) Mercer 3
• 3-seed Kennesaw State 5 … elim. (6) Stetson 4
• 1-seed Belmont 6 … def. (4) Florida Gulf Coast 4
… Belmont in final
… Eliminated: (2) USC Upstate, (5) Mercer & (6) Stetson

BIG EAST Tournament  (Clearwater, FL) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Connecticut 4 ... def. (1) Louisville 1
• 7-seed Notre Dame 4 … elim. (3) Seton Hall 3
• 4-seed South Florida 6 ... elim. (1)
Louisville 2
… Also in Bracket Final: (2) St. John’s
… Eliminated: (6) Rutgers, (8) Pittsburgh, (3) Seton Hall & (1) Louisville

Southland Tournament  (San Marcos, TX) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed Sam Houston State 4 … elim. (8) Texas A&M Corpus Christi 3
• 6-seed Stephen F. Austin 9 … elim. (3) Texas State 7
• 4-seed Texas Arlington 7 … elim. (1) seed 

• 6-seed Stephen F. Austin 4 … def. (2) Southeastern Louisiana 3
… Eliminated: (5) McNeese St, (7) Central Arkansas, (8) A&M-CC, (3) Texas St & (1) Sam Houston

Mountain West Tournament  (Las Vegas, NV) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed San Diego State 15 … elim.(4) UNLV 9
• 1-seed New Mexico 5 … def . (2) TCU 2   (UNM no losses)

Sun Belt Tournament  (Bowling Green, KY) … Tournament Central
• 7-seed Middle Tennessee 12 … def. (3) Florida International 6  (MTSU 1-1, FIU 0-2)
• 6-seed Troy 6 … def. (2) Arkansas State 3  (Troy 2-0, ArkSt 1-1)
• 4-seed South Alabama 5 … def. (1) Florida Atlantic 4

… (5) Louisiana-Monroe has clinched pool-1 (will play in Sunday final)
… pool-2 winner to-be-decided on Sat.

Big South Tournament  (High Point, NC) … Tournament Central
• (1) Coastal Carolina 4 … elim. (7) High Point 3
• (3) Liberty 4 … elim. (3) Gardner-Webb 3
… Eliminated: (8) Charleston Southern, (6) UNC Asheville, (5) Radford, (2) Campbell, (7) High Point & (4) Gardner-Webb

Colonial Tournament (Harrisonburg, VA) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed UNC Wilmington 3 … def. (3) Delaware 2
• 2-seed Hofstra 4 … elim. (5) VCU 2
• 3-seed Delaware 12 … elim. (2) Hofstra 9
… Eliminated: (4) George Mason, (6) Towson, (5) VCU & (2) Hofstra

Ohio Valley Tournament  (Jackson, TN) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Jacksonville (AL) State 9 … elim.  (2) Eastern Kentucky 4
• 1-seed Austin Peay 7 … elim. (3) Jacksonville (AL) State 6
• 4-seed Eastern Illinois 7 … def. 6-seed Southeast Missouri State 6  (EIU no losses)
… Eliminated: (5) Morehead State, (2) Eastern Kentucky & (3) Jacksonville State

Atlantic 10 Tournament  (Bronx, NY) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed St. Joseph’s 3 … elim. (3) Rhode Island 2
• 2-seed Dayton 9 … def. (5) Richmond 5
• 1-seed  St. Louis 6 … elim. (6) St. Joseph’s 0
• (5) Richmond 3 … elim. (1) St. Louis 2
… Eliminated: (4) UMass, (3) Rhode Island, (6) St. Joseph’s & (1) St. Louis

Mid-America Tournament  (Avon, OH) … Tournament Central
• 8-seed Buffalo 10 … elim. (5) Western Michigan 8
• 3-seed Central Michigan 6 … elim. (6) Eastern Michigan 4
• 1-seed Kent State 8 …. elim. (8) Buffalo 3
• 3-seed Central Michigan 11 … def.  (7) Miami 10
… Eliminated: (4) Ohio, (2) Toledo, (5) Western Michigan, (6) Eastern Michigan & (8) Buffalo

Metro Atlantic (MAAC) Tournament  (Troy, NY) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed Manhattan 1 ... elim. (3) Fairfield 0
• 2-seed Canisius 10 … elim. (4) Rider 3  (CAN no losses)

Horizon Tournament  (Chicago, IL) … Tournament Central
• 2-seed Wright State 2 … elim.(3) Milwaukee 1
• 6-seed Youngstown State 5 … elim. (2) Wright State 4 
• 1-seed Valparaiso 4 … def. (4) Illinois-Chicago 3  (Valpo no losses)
… Eliminated: (5) Butler, (3) Milwaukee & (2) Wright State

America East Tournament  (Stony Brook, NY) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Maine 5 ... elim. (3) Binghamton 1
• 1-seed Stony Brook 13 … elim. (4) Maine 6
… CHAMPION: Stony Brook

Summit Tournament  (Tulsa, OK) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed North Dakota State 4 … def. (1) Oral Roberts 3  (NDSU no losses)
• 1-seed Oral Roberts 3 … elim. (2) Oakland 2
… Eliminated: (4) Southern Utah & (2) Oakland

Great West Tournament  (no auotomatic NCAA bid; 8-team tournament)  Tournament Central
• 1-seed Utah Valley did not play Fri. (will have two chances to beat 5-seed Houston Baptist on Sat.)

Non-Tournament (4 Pac-12, 1 Big West & 2 WCC)
• at Oregon State 7 ... def. Oregon 3
• at UCLA 3 … def. USC 1
California 5 ... won at Stanford 4  (18 innings)
• at Arizona 1 … def. Arizona State 0
• Cal State Fullerton 4 … won at Long Beach State 0  (CSF clinched share of BW title)
• at Pepperdine 4 … def. San Diego 0
Gonzaga 13 … won at BYU 1  (series tied)

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THURSDAY’S KEY GAMES (schedule & results; May 24, 2012)
(sorted based on RP for each conference, per WarrenNolan.com)

upsets in italics

ACC Tournament  (Greensboro, NC) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Virginia 3 … def. (5) Clemson 2  (first pool game for both teams)
• 6-seed Miami 5 … def.  (2) North Carolina 3 (both 1-1 in pool play)
• 7-seed Wake Forest 7 … def. (3) N.C. State 3  (both 1-1 in pool play)

SEC Tournament  (Hoover, AL) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed LSU 11 … elim. (9) Mississippi 2   
• 4-seed Kentucky 5 … def. (7) Mississippi State 1  (KY off Fri.)
• 2-seed South Carolina 5 … elim. (10) Auburn 3  (SC 2-1)
• 5-seed Vanderbilt 2 … def. (3) Florida 1  (VAN off Fri.)
… Eliminated: (6) Arkansas, (8) Georgia, (9) Ole Miss & (10) Auburn

Big 12 Tournament  (Oklahoma City, OK) … Tournament Central
• 8-seed Kansas State 11 … elim. (5) Oklahoma State 5 
• 7-seed Kansas 4 … elim. (3) Texas 0
• 4-seed Oklahoma 3 … def. (1) Baylor 2  
(OU off Fri.)
• 6-seed Missouri 5 … def. (2) Texas A&M 3  
(MO off Fri.)
… Eliminated: (5) OK State & (3) Texas

Conference USA Tournament  (Pearl, MS) … Tournament Central
• 7-seed UAB 15 … def. (2) Central Florida 1  (7 inn.; 1st gm for both in pool play)
• 4-seed Southern Mississippi 8 ... elim. (8) Houston 7  (10 inn.; USM 1-1, HOU 0-2)
• 5-seed Memphis 3 … def. (1) Rice 2  (MEM 2-0, Rice 1-1)
… Memphis has clinched pool-1 (off Sat., in Sun. final vs. pool-2 champ)

Missouri Valley Tournament  (Springfield, MO) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Illinois State 5 … elim. (5) Evansville 4  (1o inn.)
• 2-seed Missouri State 11 … elim. (7) Bradley 8  (13 inn.)
• 8-seed Creighton 10 … elim. (4) Illinois State 3
• 6-seed Southern Illinois 3 … elim. (2) Missouri State 2 
 (10 inn.)  
… SIU & Creighton to play in final on Sat. (Fri. off)
… Eliminated: (1) Indiana St, (3) Wichita St, (5) Evansville, (7) Bradley, (4) Illinois St & (2) Missouri St

Southern Conference Tournament  (Greensville, SC) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Elon 14 .. elim. (2) College of Charleston 12
• 8-seed Furman 9 … e
lim. (5) Western Carolina 8
• 6-seed Georgia Southern 8 … def . (7) The Citadel 1  (GS no losses)
• 4-seed Samford 12 ... def. (1) Appalachian State 7  (SAM no losses)
… Eliminated: (2) College of Charleston & (5) Western Carolina

Western Athletic Tournament  (Mesa, AZ) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed Louisiana Tech 9 … elim. (4) Hawaii 6
• 2-seed Sacramento State 15 ... def. (3) Nevada 5  (8 inn.)  (SAC no losses)
• 5-seed Fresno State 15 … def. (1) New Mexico State 8 

Big Ten Tournament  (Columbus, OH) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Nebraska 12 … elim. (3) Penn State 3
• 2-seed Indiana 6 … def. (5) Michigan State 4
• 1-seed Purdue 5 … def. (6) Ohio State 4 

Atlantic Sun Tournament  (DeLand, FL) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed Stetson 1 … elim. (2) South Carolina Upstate 0
• 3-seed Kennesaw State 3 … def.
 (1) Belmont 1
• 4-seed Florida Gulf Coast 4 … def. (5) Mercer 3  (FGCU no losses)

BIG EAST Tournament  (Clearwater, FL) … Tournament Central
• 7-seed Notre Dame 9 … elim. (6) Rutgers 0
• 2-seed St. John’s 6 … def. (3) Seton Hall 3  (StJ no losses)
• 4-seed South Florida 10 ... elim. (8) Pittsburgh 4

Southland Tournament  (San Marcos, TX) … Tournament Central
• 1-seed Sam Houston State 7 … elim. (5) McNeese State 1
• 6-seed Stephen F. Austin 7 ... elim. (7) Central Arkansas 2
• 4-seed Texas Arlington 10 … def. (8) Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5  (UTA no losses)
• 2-seed Southeastern Louisiana 7 … def. (3) Texas State 1  (SELA no losses)

Mountain West Tournament  (Las Vegas, NV) … Tournament Central
• 2-seed TCU 16 … def. (3) San Diego State 15
• 1-seed New Mexico 13 … def . (4) UNLV 0

Sun Belt Tournament  (Bowling Green, KY) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed Troy 6 ... def. (3) Florida International 1  (first pool game for both)
• 5-seed Louisiana-Monroe 9 … def. (1) Florida Atlantic 7  (13 inn. … ULM 2-0, FAU 1-1)
• 4-seed South Alabama 5 … def. (8) Western Kentucky 3  (SA 1-1, WKU 0-2)
… Louisiana-Monroe has clinched pool-1 (will play in Sunday final)

Big South Tournament  (High Point, NC) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Liberty 7 … def. (2) Campbell 0  (LIB no losses)
• 4-seed Gardner-Webb 11 … elim. (5) Radford 0
• 7-seed High Point 9 … elim. (2) Campbell 5
… Eliminated: (8) Charleston Southern, (6) UNC Asheville, (5) Radford & (2) Campbell

Colonial Tournament (Harrisonburg, VA) … Tournament Central
• 6-seed Towson 16 ... elim. (4) George Mason 8
• 1-seed UNC Wilmington 8 … def. (5) VCU 5  (UNCW’s first game)
• 3-seed Delaware 11 … def. (2) Hofstra 3  (DEL no losses)
• 5-seed VCU 14 … elim. (9) Towson 9

Ohio Valley Tournament  (Jackson, TN) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Jacksonville (AL) State 12 … elim. (5) Morehead State 5
• 4-seed Eastern Illinois 11 … def. (2) Eastern Kentucky 2  (EIU no losses)
• 6-seed Southeast Missouri State 4 … def. (1) Austin Peay 3  
(SEMO no losses)

Atlantic 10 Tournament  (Bronx, NY) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Richmond 6 … def. (1) St. Louis 0
• 2-seed Dayton 4 … def. (6) St. Joseph’s 3  (13 inn.)
• 3-seed Rhode Island vs. (6) St. Joseph’s – moved to Fri., 10 a.m. ET
… Eliminated: (4) UMass

Mid-America Tournament  (Avon, OH) … Tournament Central
• 8-seed Buffalo 6 … elim. (4) Ohio 5  (10 inn.)  
• 3-seed Central Michigan 4 ... elim. (2) Toledo 3
• 1-seed Kent State 12 ... def. (5) Western Michigan 3  (Kent no losses)
• (7) Miami 2 … def. (6) Eastern Michigan 1  (10 inn.; Miami no losses)

Metro Atlantic (MAAC) Tournament  (Troy, NY) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Rider 6 … def. (1) Manhattan 1
• 2-seed Canisius 2 ... def. (3) Fairfield 1

Horizon Tournament  (Chicago, IL) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Milwaukee 19 … elim. (5) Butler 2
• 4-seed Illinois-Chicago 19 … def. (2) Wright State 9
• 1-seed Valparaiso 16 … def. (6) Youngstown State 3

America East Tournament  (Stony Brook, NY) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Maine 8 ... elim. (2) Albany 3
• 1-seed Stony Brook 7 ... def. (3) Binghamton 4  (SB no losses)

Summit Tournament  (Tulsa, OK) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed North Dakota State 3 … def. (2) Oakland 2  (11 inn.)
• 1-seed Oral Roberts 2 ... def. (4) Southern Utah 1

Great West Tournament  (no auotomatic NCAA bid; 8-team tournament)  Tournament Central
• 1-seed Utah Valley 15 … def. (6) North Dakota 4  (UVU in Sat. final, off Fri.)

Non-Tournament (WCC, series opener)
• at BYU 6 ... def. Gonzaga 4

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WEDNESDAY’S KEY GAMES (schedule & results; May 23, 2012)
(sorted based on conference RPI, per WarrenNolan.com)

upsets in italics

ACC Tournament  (Greensboro, NC) … Tournament Central
• 8-seed Georgia Tech 5 … def. (1) Florida State 4
• 3-seed North Carolina State 3 … def. (6) Miami 2
• 2-seed North Carolina 6 … def. (7) Wake Forest 0

SEC Tournament  (Hoover, AL) … Tournament Central
• 9 seed Mississippi 2 … elim. (6) Arkansas 0
• 7-seed Mississippi State 3 … def..(1) LSU 2
• 10-seed Auburn 3 … elim. (8) Georgia 2
• 5-seed Vanderbilt 3 … def. (2) South Carolina 2

Big 12 Tournament  (Oklahoma City, OK) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Oklahoma 1 … def. (5) Oklahoma State 0
• 1-seed Baylor 11 … def. (8) Kansas State 1
• 2-seed Texas A&M 10 … def. (7) Kansas 4
• 6-seed Missouri 5 … def. (3) Texas 0

Conference USA Tournament  (Pearl, MS) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Memphis 14 .. def. (4) Southern Mississippi 3
• 1-seed Rice 7 … def. (8) Houston 5
• 3-seed Tulane 4 … def. (6) East Carolina 3

Missouri Valley Tournament  (Springfield, MO) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Evansville 8 … elim. (1) Indiana State 5
• 2-seed Missouri State 7 … elim. (3) Wichita State 0
• 8-seed Creighton 11 … def. (4) Illinois State 5
• 6-seed Southern Illinois 9 … def. (7) Bradley 8

Southern Conference Tournament  (Greensville, SC) … Tournament Central
• 7-seed The Citadel 8  … def. (2) College of Charleston 6• 6-seed Georgia Southern 19 … def. (3) Elon 2
• 1-seed Appalachian State 7 … def. (8) Furman 5
• 4-seed Samford 7 … def. (5) Western Carolina 0

Western Athletic Tournament  (Mesa, AZ) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Fresno State 8 … def. (4) Hawaii 2
• 3-seed Nevada 4 … def. (6) Louisiana Tech 3

Big Ten Tournament  (Columbus, OH) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Michigan State 10 … def. (4) Nebraska 9
• 6-seed Ohio State 12 … def. (3) Penn State 5 

Atlantic Sun Tournament  (DeLand, FL) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Mercer 11 ... def. (2) South Carolina Upstate 2
• 4-seed Florida Gulf Coast 12 … def. (3) Kennesaw State 4
•  1-seed Belmont 4 ... def. (6) Stetson 3  (15 inn.)

BIG EAST Tournament  (Clearwater, FL) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Seton Hall 6 … def. (6) Rutgers 1
• 2-seed St. John’s 12 … def. (7) Notre Dame 2
• 1-seed Louisville 8 … def. (8) Pittsburgh 4
• 5-seed Connecticut 7 … def. (4) South Florida 2

Southland Tournament  (San Marcos, TX) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Texas Arlington 6 … def. (5) McNeese State 2
• 8-seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9 … def.  (1) Sam Houston State 2
• 3-seed Texas State 11 … def. (6) Stephen F. Austin 1
• 2-seed Southeastern Louisiana 6 … def. (7) Central Arkansas 3  

Mountain West Tournament  (Las Vegas, NV) … Tournament Central
• 4-team tournament starts at 3 PT at May 24

Sun Belt Tournament  (Bowling Green, KY) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Louisiana-Monroe 7 … def. (4) South Alabama 4
• 2-seed Arkansas State 12 … def. (7) Middle Tennessee 1
• 1-seed Florida Atlantic 4 … def. (8) Western Kentucky 3

Big South Tournament  (High Point, NC) … Tournament Central
• 2-seed Campbell 10 … def. (7) High Point 4 (resumed from 5/22)
• 4-seed Gardner-Webb 4 … elim. (8) Charleston Southern 3
• 7-seed High Point 7 elim. (6) UNC Asheville 1
• 1-seed Coastal Carolina 5 … def. (5) Radford 3
• 3-seed Liberty vs. (2) Campbell (Big South, gm-8) – moved to 5/24, 11 a.m. ET

Colonial Tournament (Harrisonburg, VA) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed VCU 11 … def. (4) George Mason 7
• 3-seed Delaware 8 … def. (6) Towson 7  (12 inn.)
• 6-seed Towson vs. (4) George Mason  (elimination game) – ppd to 5/24

Ohio Valley Tournament  (Jackson, TN) … Tournament Central
•  4-seed Eastern Illinois 2 … def. (5) Morehead State 1
• 6-seed Southeast Missouri 4 … def. (3) Jacksonville (AL) State 1

Atlantic 10 Tournament  (Bronx, NY) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Richmond 9 … def. (4) UMass 5 
• 6-seed St. Joseph’s 3 … def. (3) Rhode Island 0
• 3-seed Rhode Island 6 … elim. (4) UMass 5

Mid-American Tournament  (Avon, OH) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Western Michigan 4 …def. (4) Ohio 2
• 6-seed Eastern Michigan 4 … def. (3) Central Michigan 3
• 7-seed Miami Ohio 5 … def.. (2) Toledo 0
• 1-seed Kent State 9 … def. (8) Buffalo 0

Metro Atlantic (MAAC) Tournament  (Troy, NY) … Tournament Central
• 4-team tournament begins May 24

Horizon Tournament  (Chicago, IL) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Illinois-Chicago 10 … def. (5) Butler 1
• 6-seed Youngstown State 8 … def. (3) Milwaukee 4

America East Tournament  (Stony Brook, NY) … Tournament Central
• 3-seed Binghamton 2 … def. (2) Albany 1 
• 1-seed Stony Brook 14 … def. (4) Maine 6

Summit Tournament  (Tulsa, OK) … Tournament Central
• 4-team tournament begins May 24

Great West Tournament  (no auotomatic NCAA bid; 8-team tournament)  Tournament Central
• 1-seed Utah Valley 9 … def. (5) Houston Baptist 8

Non-Conference
• at Oregon 2 … def. Portland 1

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TUESDAY’S KEY GAMES (schedule & results; May 22, 2012)

upsets in italics

SEC Tournament  (Hoover, AL) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Kentucky 2 … def. (9) Mississippi 0
• 7-seed Mississippi State 9 … def. (6) Arkansas 1
• 3-seed Florida 6 … def. (10) Auburn 1
• 5-seed Vanderbilt 4 … def. (8) Georgia 1

Big South Tournament  (High Point, NC) … Tournament Central
• 5-seed Gardner-Webb 8 … def. (4) Gardner-Webb 2
• 1-seed Coastal Carolina 9 … def. (8) Charleston Southern 8
• 3-seed Liberty 9 … def. (6) UNC Asheville 2
• 7-seed High Point vs. (2) Campbell – suspended to 5/23( (HP leads 2-1, t3)

Missouri Valley Tournament  (Springfield, MO) … Tournament Central
• 4-seed Illinois State 10 … def. (5) Evansville 3
• 8-seed Creighton 5 … def. (1) Indiana State 0
• 6-seed Southern Illinois 6 … def. (3) Wichita State 3

• 7-seed Bradley 5 … def. (2) Missouri State 3

Patriot League  (title series; gm-3/final)
• at 1-seed Army 8 … def. (2) Holy Cross 4
… Final Stats: HTML & PDF  |  Army Recap  |  HC Recap  |  Photos

Great West  (no auotomatic NCAA bid; 8-team tournament)  Tournament Central
•  1-seed Utah Valley 17 … def.  (8) New York Tech 10

Non-Conference
• Oregon at Portland – rainout (no makeup; still set to play Wed., May 23 at Oregon, 6 PT)
• UCLA 6 … won at UC Irvine 1
• Stanford 10 … won at Santa Clara 5
• at Washington State 1 … def. Gonzaga 0  (10 inn.)

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