Regular season champions Appalachian State and College of Charleston have earned the top two seeds at the 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship, as the tournament bracket was set following the completion of regular season play on Saturday. By virtue of its series win over the Charleston in April,
ASU is the No. 1 seed while the Cougars are seeded second. The tournament begins Wednesday, May 23 at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., with the championship game scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 27. The Mountaineers, winners of their first SoCon regular season championship since 1987, will battle No. 8 seed and co-host Furman on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
College of Charleston, which earned a share of its fourth conference crown since 2004 with a win at UNCG on Saturday coupled with ASU's loss at Western Carolina, earned the second seed and will open the tournament with a 10 a.m. matchup versus seventh-seeded The Citadel on Wednesday morning. The crosstown rivals have not met in the tournament since 2006 when the Cougars defeated the Bulldogs 5-4 in the championship game.
Elon finished one game out of first place and will enter the tournament seeded third. The Phoenix opens play Wednesday at 1 p.m. against sixth-seeded Georgia Southern in a rematch of the 2009 tournament championship game which was also played at Fluor Field. Wednesday's nightcap will feature No. 4 seed Samford against No. 5 seed Western Carolina at 8 p.m.
The top eight teams in the final Southern Conference standings qualified for the tournament, which features two four-team double-elimination brackets producing a single-elimination championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 27. The tournament winner earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championships.
A free video stream of each tournament game will be available at SoConSports.com, and Sunday's championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
2012 Southern Conference Baseball Championship
Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.
May 23 (Wednesday)
Game 1: #2 College of Charleston vs. #7 The Citadel 10 a.m.
Game 2: #3 Elon vs. #6 Georgia Southern 1 p.m.
Game 3: #1 Appalachian State vs. #8 Furman 5 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Samford vs. #5 Western Carolina 8 p.m.
May 24 (Thursday)
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 10 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 1 p.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 5/8 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 5/8 p.m.
*If tournament co-host Furman wins Game 3, Game 8 would be played at 5 p.m.
May 25 (Friday)
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7 3 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8 7 p.m.
May 26 (Saturday)
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 10 a.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 1 p.m.
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11^ 5 p.m.
Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12^ 5/8 p.m.
May 27 (Sunday)
Championship Game (ESPN3) 2 p.m.
^ - If necessary
ALL TIMES EASTERN