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Flames No. 3 Seed for 2012 Big South Baseball Championship
The Liberty Flames will be the No. 3 seed for this week's Big South Baseball Championship. The seedings were announced this evening, following the close of the 2012 regular season this afternoon. The tournament will be contested May 22-26 at Coy O. Willard Stadium in the High Point, N.C.
Liberty posted a 14-10 record in Big South Conference play to finish third in the conference standings and garner the No. 3 seed for the tournament. Featuring a new format, the Flames will play in the Bracket Two during the double-elimination conference tournament and will face the No. 6 seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Tuesday.
Liberty will enter the 2012 Big South Championship with a 38-18 overall record. For the fourth time in head coach Jim Toman's five years at the helm of the program, the Flames have won 35 or more games in a season.
For the sixth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight years, Coastal Carolina is the No. 1 seed for the Big South Baseball Championship. The Chanticleers won the regular-season championship with an 18-5 conference mark.
Campbell secured the No. 2 seed with its record of 15-9 in Big South play. After Liberty, Gardner-Webb, Radford and UNC Asheville tied for fourth-place in the conference standings at 12-12. The tiebreaker procedure for multiple-team ties was used -- composite records of the tying teams against each other to determine if one team won more games against the other institutions. Gardner-Webb and Radford were both 4-2, while UNC Asheville was 1-5 to fall to the No. 6 seed. With the tie being reduced back to Gardner-Webb and Radford, the Runnin' Bulldogs claim the No. 4 seed due to winning the season series over the Highlanders, 2-games-to-1, dropping Radford to No. 5.
Tournament host High Point and Charleston Southern tied for seventh-place in the league standings at 11-13, and the Panthers receive the No. 7 seed due to winning the season series with the Buccaneers, 2-games-to-1.
The 2012 Big South Baseball Championship will feature eight squads competing for the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regional. The championship will have a new format with the field being split into two four-team double elimination brackets. The winners of the two brackets will then meet on Saturday in a "winner takes all" game for the conference title.
Bracket One will feature the No. 1, 4, 5 and 8 seeds and opens play on Tuesday. No. 5 seed Radford plays No.4 seed Gardner-Webb at 9:30 a.m., followed by No. 8 seed Charleston Southern vs. No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina 45 after the completion of the Radford-Gardner-Webb game.
Bracket Two will have the No. 2, 3, 6 and 7 seeds.. No. 6 seed UNC Asehville and No. 3 Liberty are scheduled to meet at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by No. 7 High Point and No. 2 Campbell
The championship game will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN3.
In addition, the Big South will announce the 2012 All-Conference teams and annual award winners Monday evening during a special awards presentation for the teams at the Fine Arts Center on High Point's campus.
The complete Big South Conference Championship schedule appears below. Each Liberty contest will be broadcast LIVE on WWMC 90.9 "The Light" FM by Nick Pierce during the tournament. The broadcasts will be available at LibertyFlames.com.
All games Tuesday-Friday will be video streamed live on the Big South Network presented by State Farm. Tournament games will be available daily via the $6.95 Day Pass -- which covers all games played that respective day -- or the $19.95 Championship Pass, which features all the tournament games played prior to Saturday. In addition, real-time "Live Stats" will be available on both the Big South's and High Point's websites and LibertyFlames.com free of charge.
Tuesday (Games 1-4)
Game 1: No. 4 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 5 Radford, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 8 Charleston Southern, 45 minutes following Game 1|
Game 3: No. 3 Liberty vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Campbell vs. No. 7 High Point, 45 minutes following Game 3
Wednesday (Games 5-8)
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 45 minutes following Game 5
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 45 minutes following Game 7
Thursday (Games 9-10)
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m.
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 45 minutes following Game 9
Friday (Games 11-12 [13-14])
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 45 minutes following Game 11
Game 13: if necessary - Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 5 p.m. (7 innings)
Game 14: if necessary - Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 45 minutes following Game 13 (7 innings)
Saturday (Championship Game)
Winner Game 11 (or 13) vs. Winner Game 12 (or 14), 4 p.m. (TV: ESPN3)