Action-packed Saturday set to decide MIAC Baseball Playoff seedings

Jake Schramel | Saint John's

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The 2019 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Baseball Playoffs are set to begin next Thursday, May 9 at CHS Field in St. Paul. Gustavus, Saint John's, Saint Mary's, and St. Olaf all clinched playoff berths with wins on Wednesday night. However, the seedings - and conference title - remain up for grabs heading into the final Saturday of regular season play.

Saint Mary's wrapped up its regular season on Wednesday and will head into next week's tournament as a No. 3 or No. 4 seed, thanks to a 12-8 mark against conference foes. Gustavus and St. Olaf are set to clash in a doubleheader on Saturday, while Saint John's challenges Hamline in a twinbill as well. The MIAC-leading Gusties will be looking for their first conference title since 1980, while the regular season crown is not out of reach for the 12-6 Oles either, who are headed to the MIAC Playoffs for the first time in a decade. At 12-6, Saint John's has its eyes on a second-straight regular season championship and can get there with a win and help from St. Olaf.

Seeding scenarios for Saturday's matchups are listed below.

If Gustavus and Saint John's sweep…
No. 1 GAC (15-5), No. 2 SJU (14-6), No. 3 Saint Mary's (12-8), No. 4 St. Olaf (12-8)
-SMU 3-3 vs. playoff teams, STO 1-5 vs. playoff teams

If Gustavus sweeps and Saint John's and Hamline split…
No. 1 GAC (15-5), No. 2 SJU (13-7), No. 3 SMU (12-8), No. 4 STO (12-8)
-SMU 3-3, STO 1-5 vs. playoff teams

If Gustavus and Hamline sweep…
No. 1 GAC (15-5), No. 2 SJU (12-8), No. 3 SMU (12-8), No. 4 STO (12-8)
-SJU 4-2, SMU 3-3, STO 1-5 vs. playoff teams

If Gustavus and St. Olaf split and Saint John's sweeps…
No. 1 SJU (14-6), No. 2 GAC (14-6), No. 3 STO (13-7), No. 4 SMU (12-8)
-SJU 4-2, GAC 3-3 vs. playoff teams

If Gustavus and St. Olaf split and Saint John's and Hamline split...
No. 1 GAC (14-6), No. 2 SJU (13-7), No. 3 STO (13-7), No. 4 SMU (12-8)
-SJU 2-0 vs. STO

If Gustavus and St. Olaf split and Hamline sweeps…
No. 1 GAC (14-6), No. 2 STO (13-7), No. 3 SJU (12-8), No. 4 SMU (12-8)
-SJU 4-2, SMU 3-3 vs. playoff teams

If St. Olaf and Saint John's sweep…
No. 1 SJU (14-6), No. 2 STO (14-6), No. 3 GAC (13-7), No. 4 SMU (12-8)
-SJU 2-0 vs. STO

If St. Olaf sweeps and Saint John's and Hamline split...
No. 1 STO (14-6), No. 2 SJU (13-7), No. 3 GAC (13-7), No. 4 SMU (12-8)
-SJU 4-2, GAC 2-4 vs. playoff teams

If St. Olaf sweep and Hamline sweep…
No. 1 STO (14-6), No. 2 GAC (13-7), No. 3 SJU (12-8), No. 4 SMU (12-8)
-SJU 4-2, SMU 3-3 vs. playoff teams

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