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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
SJU, SHU, RU in Big East baseball tourney

By Kieran Darcy

The Big East baseball championship tournament begins Wednesday, and all three local squads -- St. John's, Seton Hall and Rutgers -- are among the eight teams that qualified.

The tourney has a double-elimination format through the semifinal round, and you can watch all the games via ESPN3. The championship game will air on ESPNU at noon Sunday.

Seton Hall (36-17, 18-6) is the No. 2 seed and will play No. 7 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Senior shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio is fourth in the conference in batting average (.362) and tied for third in RBIs (52).

Rutgers (26-28, 14-10) is the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 South Florida at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Sophomore outfielder Vinny Zarrillo is eighth in the conference in batting average (.346), and hit a league-best .407 in conference games.

St. John's (23-33, 10-14), the defending champion, is the No. 6 seed and will play No. 3 Pittsburgh at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Junior catcher/first baseman Frank Schwindel is sixth in the conference in batting average (.348) and tied for third in RBIs (52).

Louisville (46-10, 20-4) is the No. 1 seed. The Cardinals won 16 consecutive games to end the regular season.

The tournament will be played at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies.