CLEARWATER, Fla. — It just might be the right prescription to make your old broken down Uncle Mel feel better, he enjoy and really take with a spoonful of sugar and feel better.
The bright blue sky, hot sunny days and one more ingredient to complete the recipe-the American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament being played at Bright House Stadium.
The baseball being played through out the conference has been good baseball, with some surprises along the way.
Leading the conference and earning the No.1 seed of the tournament, Tulane University is going to be a force to deal with they have good pitching and pretty good hitting. The Green Waves have been a pleasant surprise but so is the University of Connecticut a team that pushed the Green Waves to the limit last year at the tournament.
Winning the American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, University of Connecticut baseball coach Jim Penders, guided his team toward 33 wins this season and has won the award previously four times.
Penders also has the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the American Athletic Pitcher of the Year out on the mound.
Huskies’ outfielder Joe DeRoache-Duffin led the conference with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs was selected by all of the conference coaches as the player of the year and winning the Pitcher of the Year DeRoache-Duffin’s team mate Anthony Key.
Key struck out 97 batters and worked 98.1 innings and finished the regular season 7-2.Coming into the tournament as a No.5 seed and last season’s tournament winner, the University of Houston is ready to shake off the disappointment of this season and nothing could feel better for the Cougars than winning the tournament.
For the University of South Florida timing will be critical and essential for the Bulls to move forward and win the tournament and nobody knows this better than University of South Florida baseball coach Mark Kingston.
“I thought we played pretty well today and it was a very close ball game against a really good team,” Kingston said after his team lost final series of the regular season to the University of Connecticut. “And once again, we lost another one run game cause we couldn’t get guys in from third base like you are supposed to get in, that will improve.”
Kingston and his team has put the lost of the series against the Huskies behind them and focus on getting ready for the tournament.
“Now our minds go to the conference tournament,” Kingston said. “We go there zero-zero and we may get creative pitching-wise spark it a little bit but we are going in there and try to win.”
The festivities start Tuesday afternoon May 24, 2016 under a canopy of blue sky and a predicted high of 88 degrees with the No.4 team the University of Cincinnati taking on the No.5 seeded University of Houston.
At the conclusion of that game and 20 minutes to get the field back in shape, the nightcap of the double hitter will feature the No.1 team in the conference Tulane University against the No.8 team in the tournament Central Florida University.
When the sun comes up Wednesday morning May 25, the University of South Florida will step out onto the green outfield of Bright House Field as the No. 7 team and will be ready to do battle with the No. 2 team East Carolina University. The game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation.
I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.