'The Rock' to Host First College Tournament

Morehead City, N.C. – As the CPL season quickly approaches, Carteret County fans do not have to wait any longer for collegiate baseball action. Morehead City plans to kick off baseball activities at Big Rock Stadium this weekend. This February 19-20, Morehead City will host their first college baseball tournament in 2011.

C.W. Post-Long Island University, Felician College, and Southern Connecticut State University baseball programs will make the trek down south to the lovely Crystal Coast this weekend for a three-team Division II tournament.

Southern Connecticut State University Baseball is no stranger to Carteret County. Last year, the Owls participated in the first ever college baseball tournament in Morehead City. While construction was still being completed at Big Rock Stadium early in 2010, Southern Connecticut State University played a handful of games at West Carteret High School. After finishing with 38 victories last season, the Owls placed 15th nationally in the 2011 College Baseball Lineup Preseason Poll.

C.W. Post-Long Island University is the second team to accept an invitation to the tournament this month. The Pioneers posted a school record 32 wins during the 2010 season. The Pioneers advanced to the NCAA East Regional Tournament last year, and were able to win their first Regional game in 25 years.

The third and final team to accept an invite to ‘The Rock’ for the February opening tournament is Felician College. The Northern New Jersey college program posted 26 wins in 2010 and also featured a member of the Morehead City Marlins rotation last season. Senior Joel Sanchez will once again take the mound at Big Rock Stadium where he helped pitch the Marlins to their first-ever South Division Championship. Sanchez dominated the CPL last season with a 4-1 record and a 2.04 ERA in 57.1 total innings pitched.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase talented schools from the North and to provide a little Southern hospitality as well," said Morehead City Marlins General Manager Christopher Marmo. "The Town of Morehead City built a fantastic facility to host events of this particular nature. Hopefully, down the road, we'll be able to schedule many other tournaments and events to really show what the Crystal Coast has to offer," added Marmo.

All games will be held on February 19-20 at Puck O'Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium. The tournament schedule will consist of three games on each day with game times set for 11:00 AM, 2:30 PM, and 5:00 PM. For more information, please call the Morehead City Marlins at (252) 269-9767.