2016 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2016 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida from May 24 through May 29. The event, held at the end of the conference regular season, determined the champion of the American Athletic Conference for the 2016 season. The University of Connecticut won and received the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.[2]

2016 American Athletic Conference
Baseball Tournament
2016 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Logo.svg
Tournament Logo
Teams8
FormatDouble-elimination tournament
Finals site
ChampionsConnecticut (1st title)
Winning coachJim Penders (1st title)
MVPAnthony Kay, Connecticut
TelevisionCBS Sports Network, ESPNews
2016 American Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
No. 25 Tulane  ‍‍‍y 15 7 0   .682     39 19 0   .672
No. 15 East Carolina  ‍‍‍y 15 8 1   .646     34 21 1   .616
Connecticut  ‍‍y 14 9 0   .609     37 23 0   .617
Cincinnati  ‍‍‍ 13 10 1   .563     26 30 1   .465
Houston  ‍‍‍ 11 12 0   .478     36 23 0   .610
Memphis  ‍‍‍ 9 15 0   .375     22 39 0   .361
South Florida  ‍‍‍ 8 16 0   .333     24 33 0   .421
UCF  ‍‍‍ 8 16 0   .333     26 33 0   .441
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 2, 2016[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

Format and seedingEdit

All eight baseball teams in The American were seeded based on their records in conference play. The tournament used a two bracket double-elimination format, leading to a single championship game between the winners of each bracket. South Florida claimed the seventh seed over UCF by virtue of owning the third tie-breaker (season series tied 3-3; both teams 0-3 versus Tulane; USF 2-1 versus East Carolina, UCF 0-3 versus East Carolina).[3]

Team W L T Pct GB Seed
Tulane 15 7 0 .682
1
East Carolina 15 8 1 .646
.5
2
Connecticut 14 9 0 .609
1.5
3
Cincinnati 13 10 1 .563
2.5
4
Houston 11 12 0 .478
4.5
5
Memphis 9 15 0 .375
7
6
South Florida 8 16 0 .333
8
7
UCF 8 16 0 .333
8
8

BracketEdit

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                       
1 Tulane 4  
8 UCF 3  
  1 Tulane 3  
  5 Houston 5  
5 Houston 9
4 Cincinnati 1  
  5 Houston 6  
  1 Tulane 2  
8 UCF 7  
4 Cincinnati 6  
  8 UCF 0
  1 Tulane 5  
  5 Houston 2
  3 Connecticut 7
2 East Carolina 2  
7 South Florida 4  
  7 South Florida 1
  3 Connecticut 9  
6 Memphis 2
3 Connecticut 6  
  3 Connecticut 5 5
  6 Memphis 9 0  
2 East Carolina 4  
6 Memphis 5  
  6 Memphis 7
  7 South Florida 5  

All-Tournament TeamEdit

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team.[4]

Pos Name School
P Anthony Kay Connecticut
P Nick Hernandez Houston
IF Bryan Daniello Connecticut
IF Aaron Hill Connecticut
IF Bobby Melley Connecticut
IF Brandon Grudzielanek Memphis
OF John Toppa Connecticut
OF Zac Taylor Houston
OF Connor Wong Houston
C Jake Rogers Tulane
UTY Joe Davis Houston

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "American Athletic Conference - 2016 Standings". d1Baseball.com. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "2015–16 Championship Schedule". The American. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Patrick Quinn (May 22, 2016). "ECU Earns No. 2 Seed At The American Championships". WNCT-TV. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "UConn Wins American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship". American Athletic Conference. May 29, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.