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Big South Softball Pairings Announced

No. 1 seed Chanticleers will play Thursday at 2:30 p.m. vs. either Gardner-Webb or Liberty

       

Regular-season champion Coastal Carolina will be the No. 1 seed in this week's Big South tournament.

Regular-season champion Coastal Carolina will be the No. 1 seed in this week's Big South tournament.

May 4, 2014

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CONWAY - Top-seeded Coastal Carolina University will play its first game of the 2014 Big South Softball Championship on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against either Gardner-Webb or Liberty, based on the pairings released by the conference Sunday evening.

The regular-season champion and host Chanticleers (38-14) will face the survivor of Thursday morning's play-in game between the eighth-seeded Runnin' Bulldogs (16-35) and ninth-seeded Flames (10-44), which gets action at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium started at 9 a.m.

The other three matchups on Thursday's opening day include No. 4 Campbell (29-25) taking on No. 5 Winthrop (26-24) at noon, No. 2 Longwood (38-14) facing No. 7 Charleston Southern (23-31-1) at 5 p.m. and No. 3 Radford (22-28) meeting No. 6 Presbyterian College (25-24) at 7:30 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will continue with six games on Friday. Coastal will face either Campbell or Winthrop in its second game at either 2 p.m. or 9 a.m., depending on Thursday's results.

Semifinal action will take place on Saturday with at least two games, at noon and 2:30 p.m., with the possibility of one or two more contests to follow if necessary. The championship game is set for Sunday at noon.

All of Thursday's and Friday's games will be streamed on the Big South Network, Saturday's play will air on ESPN3 and Sunday's winner-take-all championship, with a berth in the NCAA field at stake, will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The tournament champion will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA regionals field.

2014 Big South Softball Championship Presented by Musco Sports Lighting
All games at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium
Thursday, May 8
Game 1: No. 8 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Liberty, 9 a.m. (single-elimination)
Game 2: No. 4 Campbell vs. No. 5 Winthrop, 12 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. GWU/LU, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Longwood vs. No. 7 Charleston Southern, 5 p.m.
Game 5: No. 3 Radford vs. No. 6 Presbyterian College, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 9
Game 6: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 9 a.m.
Game 7: Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5, 11:30 a.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 2 p.m.
Game 9: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 4:30 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 9, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 10
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 12 p.m.
Game 13: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 11, 2:30 p.m.
Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, if necessary, 5 p.m.
Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Loser Game 13, if necessary, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 11
Championship: TBA vs. TBA, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)