Baseball Minute - Louisville and Pittsburgh Battle for BIG EAST Regular-Season Title

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Louisville (44-10, 18-4 BIG EAST) and Pittsburgh (40-13, 18-4 BIG EAST) faced off in the first game of a three-game series to determine the BIG EAST regular-season champion on Thursday. Louisville took Game 1 5-2 behind a four-run fourth inning. Third baseman Ty Young went 2-for-3 with three RBI to tally his 25th RBI of the season in conference play. The sophomore ranks second in the league play in RBI (25), fifth in batting average (.388), second in total bases (52) and fourth in runs scored (21).  

 

The team that wins the series at Jim Patterson Stadium will be the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST championship next week. The series continues at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, and the series finale can be seen on ESPNU at noon on Saturday.

 

Seton Hall (34-17, 16-6 BIG EAST) dropped out of regular-season championship contention on Thursday with a 4-3 loss to St. John's (23-31, 10-12 BIG EAST)  in South Orange. Red Storm head coach Ed Blankmeyer became the winningest coach in program history with his 612th career win. St. John's has won two of its last three series in BIG EAST play, including a series win against No. 12 Louisville to hand the Cardinals their only conference series loss so far this season. Seton Hall will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the tournament depending on the result of the USF-Rutgers series in Tampa this week.

 

USF (34-19, 16-6 BIG EAST) is now 10-0 in league play at home this season with an 11-4 win over Rutgers (25-27, 13-9 BIG EAST).  Junior James Ramsay went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Game 1 win to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The Bulls will be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST championship depending on the result of the Seton Hall-St. John's series. Rutgers will be the No. 5 seed.

 

Connecticut (29-25, 9-15 BIG EAST), Notre Dame (30-22, 9-13 BIG EAST) and St. John's (23-31, 10-12 BIG EAST) are all vying for the No. 6 seed. Connecticut has completed its regular-season conference schedule, while Notre Dame took Game 1 at Cincinnati on Thursday.

 

The 2013 BIG EAST Championship begins Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m., from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. For more information visit Championship Central.