Pac-12 creates first conference baseball tournament

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The Pac-12 will hold a conference baseball tournament for the first time next year.

The conference announced Wednesday that the inaugural Pac-12 baseball tournament will be held May 25-29 at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona. The initial agreement with the city of Scottsdale runs through 2024.

"Creating this tournament is a meaningful way to showcase Pac-12 baseball at an important time of the year," said Stanford director of baseball David Esquer. "I’m excited for the competitive opportunities the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament will provide our programs, the championship experience it will deliver for student-athletes, and the atmosphere it will create in an unbeatable location for both fans of our schools and those who may just be fans of the game."

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The top eight teams during the regular season will earn automatic berths into the double-elimination tournament at the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. The tournament champion will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Pac-12 had six teams reach the NCAA Tournament last season, tied for second-highest in league history.


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