The Horizon League Baseball Tournament will return to Eastwood Field for the first time in five years, and Youngstown State will try to use home field advantage to make a postseason run when play begins on May 22.
The double-elimination tournament will run from Wednesday, May 22, through Saturday, May 25. The fourth and fifth seeds in the field will play the first and only game on Wednesday at 3 p.m., and there will be three games on both Thursday and Friday. The championship game will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., and, if necessary, a winner-take-all contest will follow at 3 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale at the Eastwood Field front gate on each day of the tournament. Admission to Wednesday's single game will be $5, and single-day passes for Thursday, Friday or Saturday will be $10. An all-tournament pass, good for admission to every game, will be $25. Horizon League students with a valid ID and children aged 10-and-under and accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Fans with questions should call the Youngstown State ticket office at (330) 941-1978.
Fans not able to attend will be able to watch live video of every game for free on the Horizon League Network. Students from YSU's telecommunications department will run a four-camera operation with full replay capabilities, graphics and on-air talent. The video will be streamed on HorizonLeague.com and on the HLN Live App on iOS devices. In addition, each of Youngstown State's games in the tournament will be broadcast on 1390 WNIO and iHeartRadio.
Youngstown State has twice served as the host of the Horizon League Baseball Tournament at Eastwood Field. The first time in 2004, the Penguins swept through the field and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time at the Division I level. YSU also hosted the tournament in 2008.
A full schedule for the tournament is below:
Wednesday, May 22
3 p.m. - Game 1 – #4 seed vs. #5 seed
Thursday, May 23
11 a.m. - Game 2 – #2 seed vs. #3 seed
3 p.m. – Game 3 – Game 1 Winner vs. #1 seed
7 p.m. – Game 4 – Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Friday, May 24
11 a.m. – Game 5 – Game 4 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser
3 p.m. – Game 6 – Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner
7 p.m. – Game 7 – Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser
Saturday, May 25
11 a.m. – Game 8 – Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner
3 p.m. – Game 9 – Only if Game 7 Winner wins Game 8
There will be a minimum of 50 minutes between games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday