CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern is the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the first round of the 2015 Big South Baseball Championship. Games will be played on the campus of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, on May 19-23.
Radford earned the No. 1 seed in next week's Big South Baseball Championship and won the outright regular season title. The Highlanders finished 20-4 in conference play in 2015, placing three games ahead of second-place Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are the No. 2 seed behind a 17-7 conference record.
Winthrop (16-8) is the No. 3 seed while Liberty (16-8) is No. 4, High Point (14-10) is the No. 5 seed and Campbell (12-12) is No. 6. Charleston Southern (10-14) earned the No. 7 seed and Longwood (9-15) is the No. 8 seed. Gardner-Webb (7-17), Presbyterian (6-18) and UNC Asheville (5-19) did not qualify for the tournament.
Winthrop and Liberty each finished 16-8 in conference play and the Eagles earned the No. 3 seed based on a tiebreaker. WU and LU did not play head to head this season, so the tiebreaker moved to win-loss record against conference opponents occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings. Winthrop and Liberty each lost a series to No. 1 Radford, No. 2 Coastal and No. 5 High Point by a final of two games to one. The No. 6-seeded Camels did not face Winthrop this season, so the tiebreaker advanced to record against the seventh-seeded Buccaneers. The Eagles and Flames each swept CSU in a three-game series. WU earned the No. 3 seed based on their series sweep of No. 8 Longwood. LU was defeated by the Lancers in one game of their series.
The 2015 Big South Baseball Championship features the top eight teams in the league. The first three days of games will air on the Big South Network, while the semifinals and winner-take-all championship game will air exclusively on ESPN3. The winner of the championship game receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The conference championship schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 19 (Big South Network)
Game 1: #2 Coastal Carolina vs. #7 Charleston Southern, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2: #3 Winthrop vs. #6 Campbell, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 1
Game 3: #1 Radford vs. #8 Longwood, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Liberty vs. #5 High Point, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 3
Wednesday, May 20 (Big South Network)
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30am
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 5
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30pm
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 7
Thursday, May 21 (Big South Network)
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 3:00pm
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 9 |
Friday, May 22 (ESPN3)
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:00am
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 11
Game 13: if necessary, 5:00pm, 7 innings
Game 14: if necessary, 45 minutes after conclusion of Game 13, 7 innings
Saturday, May 23 - Championship Game (ESPN3)
Winner Game 11 or 13 vs. Winner Game 12 or 14, 4:00pm