With VCU’s loss at Davidson this afternoon, Rhode Island baseball is assured that the regular season title is theirs and theirs alone.
The 2016 Atlantic 10 Baseball Regular Season Title belongs to the Rhode Island Rams. And only the Rhode Island Rams. Following VCU’s 11-5 loss at Davidson this afternoon, it is now assured that no team in the conference can catch Rhody and earn a share of the top spot. URI finished the regular season with a 27-25 (18-6) record.
The Rams also hold the tiebreaker with VCU, which we’ve known for some time, so the number one seed in next week’s A-10 Championship also belongs to Rhody. But it’s still nice to be alone at the top, rather than hearing terms like “co-champions” and “shared titles”. Rhode Island was the best this year, and the record shows it.
Back to that number one seed. With it comes the only first round bye of the seven team, double-elimination tourney, which begins Wednesday in the Bronx (hosted by Fordham). URI won’t play until Thursday, and they’ll draw the winner of the 4-vs-5 game in the first round. Match-ups, schedules, and all that other fun stuff is still to be determined.
We’ll pass along a bracket and other championship info when it’s announced, but for now, the Rams can sit back and enjoy this honor as they get ready to push for an automatic berth into the NCAA Baseball Tournament.