CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University, Olivet Nazarene University and Judson University all shared the 2011 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title, but only one league team will be able to claim the six-team, double elimination conference tournament, which opens play Thursday and continues through Saturday at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. If the three-way tie for first place was not enough, another three clubs - University of St. Francis, Robert Morris University and Calumet College of St. Joseph - tied for fourth-place honors to round out the six-team field. That leaves the postseason title up for grabs with no team having lost less than four conference games during the season.
NAIA No. 17-ranked Saint Xavier (31-13, 14-4 CCAC) has earned the top draw for the tournament with NAIA No. 23 Olivet Nazarene (45-11, 14-4) manning the No. 2 slot. Each of those two teams has also gained an opening-round bye on Thursday.
Judson (32-14, 14-4), meanwhile, will take its No. 3 seed into a matchup with No. 6 seed Calumet College of St. Joseph (26-24, 10-8) at 11 a.m.
The first game of the tournament will feature No. 4 St. Francis (22-18, 10-8) versus No. 5 Robert Morris (27-23, 10-8). That winner squares off against top-seeded Saint Xavier at 1 p.m. with the Judson-Calumet St. Joseph winner taking on Olivet Nazarene at 3 p.m.
The complete tournament schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 5
Game 1: Robert Morris defeats St. Francis, 8-3 - BOX SCORE
Game 2: Calumet St. Joseph defeats Judson, 5-2 - BOX SCORE
Game 3: Saint Xavier defeats Robert Morris, 5-0 - BOX SCORE
Game 4: Olivet Nazarene defeats Calumet-St. Joseph, 6-3 - BOX SCORE
Game 5: St. Francis (Ill.) defeats Judson, 4-3 - BOX SCORE
Friday, May 6
Game 6: Robert Morris defeats Calumet-St. Joseph, 2-0 - BOX SCORE
Game 7: St. Francis (Ill.) defeats Robert Morris, 4-0 - BOX SCORE
Game 8: Olivet Nazarene defeats Saint Xavier, 1-0 - BOX SCORE
Game 9: Saint Xavier defeats St. Francis (Ill.), 2-1 (13 innings) - BOX SCORE
Saturday, May 7
Game 10: Olivet Nazarene defeats Saint Xavier, 6-1 - BOX SCORE
The winner of the CCAC Tournament advances to the NAIA National Tournament May 19-25 at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in Gulf Shores, Alabama.