PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Baseball team and the City Universities of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) have come to an agreement that will add UMPI to the conference as an Associate Member in Baseball.
The three year agreement will place The Owls in a conference for the first time since 2011 when it was a member of the now defunct NAIA affiliated Sunrise Conference. This is the first time in program history UMPI Baseball will be affiliated with an NCAA Conference.
"This is a historic and excellent opportunity for our program," said Head Coach Mike Pankow. "The young men that make up this program work hard and are deserving of the chance to play for a championship. We are excited to be a part of the CUNYAC and look forward to the conference tournament."
The Owls will begin their affiliation with the CUNYAC this season by participating in the conference tournament. UMPI was named the #4 seed earlier today and will match up with the #5 seed Lehman College. The elimination game will take place at the College of Staten Island on Thursday, May 5th. First pitch is scheduled for 4 PM. The winner of that game will advance to a double elimination bracket to determine the conference tournament champion. After this season the conference will apply for an automatic qualifying position, meaning that the winner of the conference tournament would advance to the NCAA National Tournament.
The arrangement also brings the possibility of regular season conference play for the Owls. Talks have begun with the member schools, College of Staten Island, Baruch College, John Jay College, Lehman College, and The City College of New York. Finlandia University of Hancock, Michigan has also been asked to join the conference as an Associate Member.
2016 CUNYAC Tournament Schedule
Day 1 – Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ #1 and #2 Seeds
Games @ #1 seed
Game A 4:00 pm #4 UMPI vs. #5 Lehman (elimination game)
Game 1 7:00 pm #1 Staten Island vs. Game A Winner
Games @ #2 seed
Game B 1:00 pm #3 John Jay vs. #6 CCNY (elimination game)
Game 2 4:00 pm #2 Baruch vs. Game B Winner
Day 2 – Friday, May 6, 2016 @ College of Staten Island
Game 3 1:00 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game)
Game 4 4:00 pm Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 5 7:00 pm Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Day 3 – Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ College of Staten Island
Game 6 4:00 pm Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (elimination game)
(If winner of game 6 wins then they are the champions – otherwise move to …)
Game 7 7:00 pm same as Game 6