Seton Hall Wins Big East Baseball Championship

The Seton Hall Pirates captured the 2011 Big East Conference Baseball Championship Sunday in a meeting of regional schools, defeating, St. John's, 4-2. This was Seton Hall's first championship since 2001.

The fifth-seeded Pirates, who needed to win their last three games of the regular season to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship, finished as the only unbeaten team in the eight-team field. Seton Hall defeated the tournament’s top two seeds to become the lowest seed to ever win the BIG EAST title. Seton Hall (33-23), which had previously won the tournament in 1987 and 2001, earned the BIG EAST’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

St. John’s (35-20) left 13 men on base, including six in the last three innings, in its bid for a record seventh BIG EAST title.

First-Round Results (Wednesday, May 25)

GAME 1 - NO. 3 PITTSBURGH 7, NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 2
GAME 2 - NO. 2 ST. JOHN'S 8, NO. 7 CINCINNATI 3
GAME 3 - NO. 5 SETON HALL 10, NO. 4 WEST VIRGINIA 4
GAME 4 - NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 4, NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 2

Second-Round Results (Thursday, May 26)

GAME 5 - NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 5, NO. 7 CINCINNATI  3
GAME 6 - NO. 2 ST. JOHN'S 6, NO. 3 PITTSBURGH 4
GAME 7 - NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 1, NO. 4 WEST VIRGINIA 0
GAME 8 - NO. 5 SETON HALL 4, NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 3 (12 innings)

Quarterfinals (Friday, May 27)

GAME 9 - NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 12, NO. 3 PITTSBURGH 2 (Pittsburgh eliminated)
GAME 10 - NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 9, NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 3 (Notre Dame eliminated)

Semifinals (Saturday, May 28)

GAME 11 - NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 7, No. 2 ST. JOHN'S 5
GAME 12 - NO. 5 SETON HALL 12, NO.1 CONNECTICUT 2 (UConn eliminated)
GAME 13 - NO. 2 ST. JOHN'S 5, NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 1

Championship (Sunday, May 29)

NO. 5 SETON HALL 4, NO. 2 ST. JOHN'S 2 (Seton Hall wins Championship)

-- Find more coverage at the Big East 2011 Baseball Championship website, or by locating the SB Nation team website for the school you are interested in.

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