Dayton, Tenn. – The bracket is set, and the eight-team double-elimination 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament will be getting underway Wednesday morning at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn. with Tennessee Wesleyan University holding down the No. 1 seed, Point University (Ga.) sitting as the No. 2 seed, and the Bryan College Lions falling closely behind as the No. 3 seed. All four of the top teams, Reinhardt University (Ga.) at No. 4, pieced together notable overall records with each side reaching at least 30 overall wins. Tennessee Wesleyan and Point University share notable 20-7 records in AAC play, earning the title of regular-season co-champions. However, Tennessee Wesleyan received the No. 1 seed for the tournament, because they swept the three-game series from Point during the regular-season.
The Lions have garnered national attention with the 17th best team batting average in the nation at .333, the 4th best slugging percentage at .584, 20th in total RBI's with 362, 14th in triples with 19, and 3rd in total homeruns with a massive 83 shots driven over the fence. Bryan battled their way to an overall record of 35-16 and conference record of 17-10, while knocking off five top-25 opponents along the way.
Here are the seeds for the tournament:
1. Tennessee Wesleyan (35-18, 20-7 AAC)
2. Point (32-19, 20-7 AAC)
3. Bryan (35-16, 17-10 AAC)
4. Reinhardt (36-18, 16-11 AAC)
5. Union (27-22, 14-13 AAC)
6. Truett McConnell (28-25, 12-15 AAC)
7. Milligan (23-27, 11-16 AAC)
8. Bluefield (25-26, 10-17 AAC)
Wednesday, May 3
No. 4 Reinhardt vs. No. 8 Union, 9 am
No. 3 Bryan vs. No. 6 Truett McConnell, 12 pm
No. 2 Point vs. No. 8 Milligan, 4 pm
No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan vs. No. 8 Bluefield, 7 pm
Thursday, May 4
Game 2 Loser vs. Game 3 Loser, 9 am
Game 1 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 12 pm
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 4 pm
Game 4 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner, 7 pm
Friday, May 5
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 7 Loser, 9 am
Game 6 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 12 pm
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 4 pm
Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 7 pm
Saturday, May 6
If only a Championship Game, game will be played at 2pm.
If two games need to be played, the "if" game will be played
at 11 am and the Championship Game at 3 pm.
If two "if" games need to be played, Game 13 will be played
at 11 am, Game 14 at 2pm, and the Championship Game
Tournament Bracket - Click Here
Directions to Hunter Wright Stadium - Google Maps
Watch Tournament Live - AAC Digital Network
All-AAC Team and Academic Honors (not announced until Wed. evening) - Awards Page
Tournament Statistics and Live Stats - DakStats Page
Weather in Kingsport, Tenn. - Weather.com
Keep up with all the tournament play on the AAC's Tournament Page.