May 17, 2014
After celebrating a regular season title on Friday, the Cardinals begin the American Championship on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla.
2014 American Conference Championship Pool Play Bracket
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Top-seeded and fifth-ranked Louisville will open the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship on Thursday at 3 p.m., ET against No. 8 seed Memphis at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
The Cardinals (43-13, 19-5 American) will continue their Pool A schedule on Friday at 3 p.m., against No. 5 seed USF before concluding the preliminary action on Saturday at 3 p.m., against No. 4 seed Rutgers. The winners of Pool A and Pool B will advance to Sunday's final, which will be televised at noon on ESPNU.
The top eight teams in the final regular-season standings qualified for the inaugural American Championship, which consists of an eight-team pool-play schedule. Teams in each four-team pool will play a round-robin set of three games through the first four days of the championship, with all 12 of those games carried on The American Digital Network. The winner of Sunday's final will be the American Athletic Conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division I Championship.
The tournament's opening ceremonies and awards presentations will be Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m., at Bright House Field, followed by the American Athletic Conference Home Run Derby at 8 p.m.
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2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship
Bright House Field | Clearwater, Fla.
No. 1 Louisville (43-13, 19-5 American)
No. 4 Rutgers (29-23, 14-9 American)
No. 5 USF (26-29, 10-14 American)
No. 8 Memphis (28-28, 8-16 American)
No. 2 UCF (34-22, 17-7 American)
No. 3 Houston (41-14, 14-9 American)
No. 6 Temple (14-30, 9-14 American)
No. 7 UConn (26-29, 9-14 American)
Tuesday, May 21 (American Digital Network) - Opening Ceremonies
5 p.m. - Gates open
6:45 p.m. - Parade of Teams
7 p.m. - Awards Presentation
8 p.m. - Home Run Derby
8:50 p.m. - Fireworks display
Home Run Derby Participants
UCF - Tommy Williams (.265, 11 HR, 44 RBI)
UConn - Blake Davey (.319, 10 HR, 31 RBI)
Houston - Jake Lueneburg (.265, 0 HR, 11 RBI)
Louisville - Jeff Gardner (.340, 8 HR, 61 RBI)
Memphis - To be named
Rutgers - Lou Clemente (.264, 2 HR, 20 RBI)
USF - Austin Lueck (.278, 0 HR, 11 RBI)
Temple - To be named
Wednesday, May 21 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 7 UConn vs. No. 2 UCF
3 p.m. - No. 6 Temple vs. No. 3 Houston
7 p.m. - No. 5 USF vs. No. 4 Rutgers
Thursday, May 22 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 3 Houston vs. No. 7 UConn
3 p.m. - No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 1 Louisville
7 p.m. - No. 2 UCF vs. No. 6 Temple
Friday, May 23 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 8 Memphis
3 p.m. - No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 5 USF
7 p.m. - No. 3 Houston vs. No. 2 UCF
Saturday, May 24 - Pool Play (American Digital Network)
11 a.m. - No. 7 UConn vs. No. 6 Temple
3 p.m. - No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 1 Louisville
7 p.m. - No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 5 USF
Sunday, May 25 - Final (ESPNU)
Noon - Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner
All times Eastern