2012 Atlantic Sun Baseball Tournament Championship: Field Set As Belmont, Florida Gulf Coast And Kennesaw State Battle For The Crown

Belmont will take on the winner of Saturday afternoon's matchup between Florida Gulf Coast and Kennesaw State

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2012 Atlantic Sun Baseball Tournament: Two Blowouts And One Long Game

The opening round of the 2012 Atlantic Sun baseball tournament kicked off on Wednesday.

No. 5 Mercer vs No. 2 USC Upstate, Mercer pounds USC Upstate 11-2: In the opening round of the Atlantic Sun baseball tournament the No. 5 seeded Mercer beat up on the Spartans to the tune of 11 runs. Nick Backlund had a huge game for Mercer, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, while first baseman Travis Benn went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

No. 4 FGCU vs No. 3 Kennesaw State, FGCU beats up Kennesaw State 12-4: FGCU got a six-run inning in top of the sixth inning to power past Kennesaw State in the opening round of the tournament after Kennesaw State tied the game 3-3 early on. A six-run sixth inning by FGCU however put them over the top and Kennesaw State just couldn't keep up offensively as FGCU won 12-4.

No. 6 Stetson vs No. 1 Belmont, Bears win in 15 innings 3-2: Stetson took an early lead over No. 1 seeded Belmont scoring two runs in the second inning, but mid-way through the game the Bears were able come tie up the game. Stetson took late lead in the eighth inning on a Mitchell Brennan hit. Belmont tied the game in the bottom of the ninth however, sending it into extra innings. After 15 innings of play, Belmont wins 3-2.

For news and results from the Atlantic Sun tournament, follow this StoryStream from SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Atlantic Sun Baseball Tournament Final: Mercer Pounds USC Upstate, 11-2 In Opening Game

The Mercer Bears announced their presence in the Atlantic Sun Baseball Tournament with a big win over the USC Upstate Spartans on Wednesday, 11-2 at Melching Field at Conrad Park in DeLand, Fla.

Designated hitter Nick Backlund had a huge game going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Also having a big game was first baseman Travis Benn, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Mercer starting pitcher Brandon Love went seven innings and allowed only one run on four hits to earn the victory. USC Upstate starting pitcher David Roseboom was rocked in one and two-thirds innings of work for five runs on six hits.

The Mercer bears continue on in their run for the Atlantic Sun Championship and will play the 7 p.m. game on Thursday. The opponent will be revealed when the day's tournament action is done. USC Upstate will play in the 11 a.m. game on Thursday.

For news and results from the Atlantic Sun tournament, follow this StoryStream from SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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