Liberty earned the No. 3 seed for the 2016 Big South Softball Championship and will meet No. 6 seed Presbyterian in its opening matchup, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Big South Softball Championship Bracket Championship Central Page Liberty has earned the third seed for this week's 2016 Big South Softball Championship, held Wednesday through Saturday in Rock Hill, S.C. The Lady Flames (30-26, 16-8 Big South) will face sixth-seeded Presbyterian (24-26, 10-14), Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Terry Field. The Blue Hose finished as the runner-up at the 2015 Big South Softball Championship.
The Lady Flames and Blue Hose have split two all-time conference tournament meetings. Liberty opened the 2010 Big South Softball Championship with a 2-0 win over Presbyterian, while the Blue Hose eliminated the Lady Flames, 4-1 on May 10, 2012.
Liberty won its regular-season series at Presbyterian, 2-1, on April 9-10. The Lady Flames batted .326 with six homers during the three-game series. The team outhit PC, 14-4, in a 7-1 series-opening win. Liberty then broke a 5-5 tie with a five-run seventh inning in game two, downing Presbyterian, 10-5. The Blue Hose salvaged the series final, 6-3.
The winner of Wednesday's game between the Lady Flames and Blue Hose will face the winner of No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina and seventh-seeded Charleston Southern, Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The losing teams of the Liberty vs. Presbyterian and Coastal Carolina vs. Charleston Southern games will meet in an elimination game on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Defending conference champion Longwood earned its second straight Big South regular-season title with a 19-5 league record. Coastal Carolina finished in second place at 18-6, winning 13 out of its last 14 Big South contests.
Liberty wrapped up third place with a program-record 16 conference wins, starting out 5-0 on the way to a 16-8 Big South mark. The Lady Flames are a top-three seed for the first time since 2011, when they won the conference title as the second seed. Fourth-seeded Radford (13-11) made a six-win improvement over last year's eighth-place finish.
Campbell earned the fifth seed, at 11-13, while Charleston Southern and Presbyterian finished tied for sixth with 10-14 league marks. PC won the head-to-head tiebreaker due to its series win over CSU, giving the Blue Hose the sixth seed and CSU, seventh. Eighth-seeded Gardner-Webb (7-17) and host, No. 9 seed Winthrop, will meet in a single-elimination game to start the tournament.
The 2016 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting begins on Wednesday, with five games scheduled, and concludes with the winner-take-all championship contest on Saturday, at 2 p.m., live on ESPN3.com. The Big South's tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. All games from the first two days of the conference tournament will be video streamed live on the Big South Network presented by State Farm. Friday's semifinal contests will appear live on ESPN3.com.
2016 Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Terry Field Wednesday, May 11 Game 1: No. 8 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Winthrop (single elimination), 9 a.m. Game 2: No. 4 Radford vs. No. 5 Campbell, Noon Game 3: No. 1 Longwood vs. Game 1 Winner, 2:30 p.m. Game 4: No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 7 Charleston Southern, 5 p.m. Game 5: No. 3 Liberty vs. No. 6 Presbyterian, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 Game 6: Game 2 Loser vs. Game 3 Loser, 9 a.m. Game 7: Game 4 Loser vs. Game 5 Loser, 11:30 a.m. Game 8: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner, 2 p.m. Game 9: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 4:30 p.m. Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 7 p.m. Game 11: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Loser, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, May 13 Game 12: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 10 a.m. (ESPN3.com) Game 13: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 11 Winner, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN3.com) Game 14: if necessary, 3 p.m. ** (ESPN3.com) Game 15: if necessary, 5:30 p.m. ** (ESPN3.com)
Saturday, May 14 Championship Game: TBA vs. TBA (Winner-take-all), 2 p.m. (ESPN3.com)
** - Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 defeats the winner of Game 9. Game 15 will be necessary if the winner of Game 11 defeats the winner of Game 8. If both games are played, they will both be played on Friday.
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