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Lady Flames Grab Top Seed for Big South Softball Championship

May 7, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Lady Flames enter the 2007 Big South Softball Championship at the No. 1 seed.

The Lady Flames enter the 2007 Big South Softball Championship at the No. 1 seed.

2007 Big South Softball Championship Bracket

For the third time in program history, the Lady Flames softball team finished atop the Big South regular-season standings, giving Liberty the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big South Softball Championship, to be hosted by Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., on May 10-12, 2007. 

Liberty tied a school record for conference wins in a single season by finishing atop the league standings with an 11-4 record. The Lady Flames also won 11 league games in 1999 (11-3). 

The Lady Flames ended the regular-season slate tied with Winthrop, but claimed the tiebreaker by taking two out of three games from the Eagles over a three-game set in Rock Hill, S.C., April 6-7. 

This marks the third time Liberty has laid claim to the conference's regular-season championship. In 1999, Liberty finished the regular-season schedule tied with East Carolina for the title and won the regular-season crown outright in 2000 with a 9-1 record. 

This year also represents the second time in program history Liberty has entered the Big South Softball Championship as the top seed. Liberty lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with East Carolina in 1999, but was the No 1. seed in 2000, when the Lady Flames advanced to the title game in a tournament also hosted by Coastal Carolina. 

No. 1 seed Liberty will open play at the 2007 Big South Softball Championship in Game 3 at 3 p.m., Thursday afternoon, where the Lady Flame will face the victor of the No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 5 Birmingham-Southern contest, which opens the three-day event at 10 a.m. 

Winthrop shared the regular-season title, earning the No. 2 seed at 11-4. Radford, with its 9-4 record, will be the No. 3 seed, followed by No. 4 Coastal Carolina (7-7), No. 5 Birmingham-Southern (5-10) and No. 6 Charleston Southern (2-13). 

Liberty will be vying for its second-ever Big South Softball Championship title after claiming the crown with a perfect 4-0 record in 2002, earning with the program's first trip to the NCAA Regionals. 

The 2007 Softball Championship begins Thursday with four games scheduled and continues with double-elimination bracket play through the title game on Saturday. The Big South Championship's victor receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. The conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 10 (at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium, Conway, S.C.)
Game 1: No. 4 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 5 Birmingham-Southern, 10 a.m.
Game 2: No. 3 Radford vs. No. 6 Charleston Southern, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 1 Liberty vs. CCU/BSC winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Winthrop vs. RU/CSU winner, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 11 (at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium, Conway, S.C.)
Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 12:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 3 p.m. (Semifinals)
Game 8: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 (at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium, Conway, S.C.)
Game 9: Game 7 Loser vs. Game 8 Winner, Noon
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 3:30 p.m. (Title Game)
Game 11: If necessary, 30 minutes after Game 10