By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the third time in four years, the La Salle baseball team has qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The Explorers are the #6-seed (in the 7-team field) and they will open play on Wednesday evening against the #3-seed Rhode Island down in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tournament is double-elimination with the champion being crowned on Saturday.
“It’s very exciting,” La Salle head coach Mike Lake tells KYW Newsradio. “We’re very happy to be where we’re at right now. The kids worked hard all spring to get to where we are right now and now it’s like a second season, starting all over.”
La Salle is 24-27 heading into the tournament and they were 15-9 in the A-10 during the regular season. The 15 wins in the conference represent a program record.
“Our defense has kept us in every game,” Lake says. “And the pitchers, and we’ve been getting some timely hits during the season, too. So for the most part it’s been pitching and defense and timely hitting.”