In the wake of a tournament that saw one team finish a game at 3 a.m. and start another at 1 p.m. the same day, the Southern Conference commissioner said the league should consider a round-robin format for its baseball tournament.
"I think what we are going to do is talk about formats," commissioner John Iamarino said Sunday. "The ACC's format, round-robin pool play, I think we'll talk about that.
"Our coaches have talked about that in the past and were not in favor of it. But I think it's a good idea to talk about ... we're trying to do the best we can for our consumers, the fans."
After a 20-inning game on Wednesday night, College of Charleston's game with Georgia Southern did not begin until 12:30 a.m., finishing at 3:01 a.m. Cougars players and coaches got 3-4 hours of sleep before taking the field at 1 p.m.
"Maybe there is a better way to schedule a fewer number of games each day, have set times and matchups," Iamarino said. "The 20-inning game, that's an anomaly, but it does set the stage for us to have those kind of discussions."
--The SoCon tournament goes to Greenville for the next two years, and a new city could enter the competition to host. Iamarino said Winston-Salem has expressed interest.
--Without host team The Citadel, total attendance was 12,951, an average of 863.4 for 15 games. That's the lowest on record for the SoCon tourney; the previous low was 15,144 in 2008, when The Citadel lost a play-in game on the tourney's first day.
--GSU pitcher Chris Beck was named tournament most outstanding player. He was joined on the all-tourney team by Charleston's Marty Gantt and Cole Rakar; GSU's Tom Richardson, Eric Phillips and Michael Burruss; Samford's Andrew Jones, Michael Johnson and Phillip Ervin; Seth Grant and Tyler Zupcic of App State; and Bishop England High grad Alex Abrams of Furman.
--GSU's Beck set a tournament record with 22 strikeouts, bettering the mark set of 20 set by The Citadel's Rodney Hancock in 1999.