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MAAC Baseball Tournament 2012: Manhattan Looks To Repeat As MAAC Champions As Tournament Begins May 24

Defending champs Manhattan will look to win the MAAC two years in a row when the 2012 MAAC Baseball Tournament starts on May 24 in Troy, NY. They will be competing with Canisius College, Fairfield University and Rider University.

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The 2012 MAAC Baseball Tournament is scheduled for May 24-May 27 at Siena College's Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, N.Y. Manhattan College, Canisius College, Fairfield University and Rider University will vie for the tournament crown.

The tournament is a double-elimination format. The winner gets the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The draw for the regional sites which start the road to Omaha and the College World Series will be at noon on May 28 on ESPNU.

Manhattan (29-24, 18-6 MAAC) is the defending MAAC champion and enters the tournament on a seven-game winning streak. The Jaspers also won the league title in 2006. Manhattan was the only undefeated team at home this season in college baseball (18-0).

Rider (21-32, 13-11 MAAC) will be looking for their third MAAC title in five years. The Broncos did not drop a series during the last month of the season.

Fairfield (27-26, 14-10 MAAC) makes a return to the tournament for the first time since 2000. The Stags set a school-record with 27 wins this season.

Canisius (31-25, 16-8 MAAC) enters the tournament having won their last four games in a row. The Golden Griffins are also 8-2 during the month of May. They will be playing in the tournament for the sixth straight season.

Here's the schedule for the tournament (click here to view the bracket):

Thursday, May 24

No. 1 Manhattan vs. No. 4 Rider, 3 p.m.

No. 2 Canisius vs. No. 3 Fairfield, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 25

Loser Manhattan vs. Rider vs. Loser Canisius vs. Fairfield, 3 p.m. (Game 3)

Winner Manhattan vs. Rider vs. Winner Canisius vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m. (Game 4)

Saturday, May 26

Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m. (Game 5)

Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m. (Game 6)

Sunday, May 27

If Necessary, Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 1 p.m. (Game 7)

How to Watch:

All games of the 2012 MAAC Baseball Tournament can be livestreamed from the conference's website via MAAC.tv.