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Lady Flames Seeded No. 4 in Championship

May 5, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Shannon McKain and the Lady Flames will open the 2008 Big South Softball Championship on Thursday against No. 5 seed Birmingham-Southern.

Shannon McKain and the Lady Flames will open the 2008 Big South Softball Championship on Thursday against No. 5 seed Birmingham-Southern.

The Lady Flames softball team will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming 2008 Big South Softball Championship, hosted by Winthrop at Terry Field. Liberty finished the regular season tied with Birmingham-Southern for fourth in the league, but claimed the tiebreaker after winning the regular-season series against the Panthers.

The Lady Flames (17-38-1, 5-10 Big South) will begin the three-day event when they face No. 5 seed Birmingham-Southern (29-26, 5-10 Big South) on Thursday in Game 1. Opening pitch for the first contest of the tournament is slated for 10 a.m.

Winthrop, who shared the regular-season crown with Liberty last year, won the title outright this go around, finishing with a Big South-record 14-conference victories (33-17, 14-1 Big South). The host Eagles will begin defense of their 2007 conference crown against the victor of the Liberty-Birmingham-Southern contest on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Radford (45-13, 13-2 Big South) headlines the other side of the championship bracket, taking home the No. 2 seed. Following Liberty's game on Thursday, No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina (18-38, 6-9 Big South) and No. 6 Charleston Southern (18-39, 2-13 Big South) will square off in Game 2.

The three-day tournament will culminate on Saturday, when the Big South crowns its 2008 conference champion in the title game, which is slated for 3:30 p.m.

Fans unable to attend the championship can follow all of Liberty's games via a radio broadcast and audio streaming feed. Vincent Briedis will be calling the action field side for all of the Lady Flames' contests on WWMC 90.9 FM and or

A video stream for each of the championship games will be provided by the Big South EDGE. For subscription information, log onto and click the Big South EDGE logo.

2008 Big South Softball Championship (Rock Hill, S.C.)
Thursday, May 8
Game 1: No. 4 Liberty vs. No. 5 Birmingham-Southern, 10 a.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 6 Charleston Southern, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 Winthrop vs. winner Game 1, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Radford vs. winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 9
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 12:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 10
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3:30 p.m. (championship game)
Game 11: if necessary 30 minutes after Game 10