The bracket for the 2012 Southern Conference Softball Championship has been finalized, and tournament action will get underway Wednesday morning at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium in Boone, N.C., the league office
announced Sunday. The 19th annual SoCon Championship is set to start Wednesday at 10 a.m., with No. 8 Furman (17-34, 6-18 SoCon) taking on No. 9 Samford (13-40, 6-18 SoCon) in a single elimination contest with the winner facing the 2012 regular season champion and No. 1-seeded Georgia Southern (38-17, 22-2 SoCon) at approximately 5 p.m. that afternoon. No. 2 Chattanooga (37-14, 20-2 SoCon) squares off with No. 7 Elon (22-25, 9-15 SoCon) at noon in game two.
College of Charleston (32-21, 14-9 SoCon) earned the three-seed for the tournament and will face No. 6 Western Carolina (24-32, 9-15 SoCon) at 2 p.m. The host No. 5 Appalachian State (21-23, 9-13 SoCon) matches up against No. 4 UNCG in the night game of the opening day, with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
After the opening single-elimination game, the rest of the championship is a double-elimination tournament. All game times are Eastern Standard and subject to change. The winner of the Softball Championship will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA regional softball tournament.
The Georgia Southern Eagles finished the regular season 38-17 with a 22-2 mark in league play, claiming only its second regular season title. The Eagles have won two tournament titles with the last one in 2006.
Defending tournament champion Chattanooga finished the regular season 37-14 overall and 20-2 in conference play. The Lady Mocs will face the Phoenix in its first game, a team that Chattanooga swept earlier in the year.
Tickets will be available for purchase on site. All-session adult passes will be available for $30 while all-session youth passes (pre-kindergarten) will cost $15. Single session passes will also be available for purchase and will cost $5 for adults and $3 for youths. Groups of 10 or more will be available for $2 a person. No credit cards will be accepted. Only cash and checks made payable to “Southern Conference” will be taken at the gate. Students at Southern Conference institutions get in free with a valid I.D.
All of the action will be available LIVE through SoConTV. Fans that are unable to attend will have the opportunity to view all of the games by logging on to SoConSports.com and subscribing to SoConTV. The championship game, which is slated for Saturday at 1:30 p.m., will be broadcast on ESPN3. From the first pitch to the final out, every moment of the softball action will be available, including exclusive coach and student-athlete interviews and the final awards presentation. An archived version of the event will also be.
2012 Southern Conference Softball Championship – Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium – Boone, N.C.
Wednesday, May 9
Game 1: #8 Furman vs. #9 Samford 10 a.m.
Game 2: #2 Chattanooga vs. #7 Elon 12 p.m.
Game 3: #3 College of Charleston vs. #6 Western Carolina 2 p.m.
Game 4: #1 Georgia Southern vs. Game 1 Winner 5 p.m.
Game 5: #4 UNCG vs. #5 Appalachian State 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 10
Game 6: Game 2 Loser vs. Game 3 Loser 10 a.m.
Game 7: Game 4 Loser vs. Game 5 Loser 12 p.m.
Game 8: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner 3 p.m.
Game 9: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner 5 p.m.
Friday, May 11
Game 10: Game 8 Loser vs. Game 7 Winner 10 a.m.
Game 11: Game 9 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner 12 p.m.
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner 3 p.m.
Game 13: Game 11 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 14: Game 12 Loser vs. Game 13 Winner 11 a.m.
Game 15: Game 12 Winner vs. Game 14 Winner 1:30 p.m.
Game 16: Game 15 Winner vs. Game 15 Loser (If necessary) 30 min. after Game 15