CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College baseball team earned its highest ever seed for the Big South Championship, earning the No. 3 seed for next's championship tournament to make its second straight appearance in the conference tourney. PC will open play on Tuesday at approximately 12:30 p.m. against the No. 6 UNC Asheville.
Winthrop, which finished the Big South season in first-place with a 17-7 conference record, will attempt to win its fifth Big South Championship and first since 2005. The Big South Championship tournament is a double-elimination format and features eight squads competing for the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals -- highlighted by a “Winner-Take-All” championship game on Saturday, May 27that will be televised live on ESPNU for the second straight year. First pitch is at 3:00pm.
Liberty finished a game behind Winthrop at 16-8 and earned the No. 2 seed. The Flames will seek their first tournament crown since the 2013 season. Presbyterian College will be in the same pod, as it earned the No. 3 seed with a 15-9 league record. The Blue Hose have qualified for the Big South's postseason for just the second time and the No. 3 seed marks their highest.
High Point finished the regular-season with a 13-11 league mark to claim the No. 4 seed. The Panthers closed the year with a series win over Maryland and will seek their first tournament title in program history.
Radford, UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb finished tied for fifth-place at 11-13. Because the three teams did not play each other in 2017, the first tiebreaker of head-to-head results among the tied teams cannot be used. The next step is record vs. conference opponents occupying the highest position in the final standings in which the tied teams played the same amount of times. All three teams played first-place Winthrop. Radford and Asheville finished 1-2 against the Eagles, while GWU went 0-3. The Runnin' Bulldogs slide down to the No. 7 seed, and the tiebreak is reduced to a two-way tie between the Highlanders and Bulldogs. RU garnered the higher seed based on its 2-1 series win over UNC Asheville -- slotting the Highlanders as the No. 5 seed and the Bulldogs landing in the No. 6 spot.
Campbell rounds out the tournament field at the No. 8 seed, as the Fighting Camels closed the regular season with a 10-14 league mark. Charleston Southern and Longwood finished behind CU with a 9-15 and 7-17 conference records, respectively, and did not qualify for the tournament.
The Champion begins Tuesday, May 23 with four games scheduled -- No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb at 9:30am, No. 3 Presbyterian vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville 45 minutes after Game 1, No. 1 Winthrop vs. No. 8 Campbell at 4:30pm and No. 4 High Point vs. No. 5 Radford 45 minutes after Game 3.
The tournament will continue with Games 5-8 on Wednesday, May 24, Games 9-10 on Thursday, May 25, Games 11-12 and any if necessary contests on Friday, May 26. The championship game will be played Saturday, May 27 at 3:00pm and will be televised live on ESPNU for the second straight season.
The complete Conference Championship schedule appears below, and all games Tuesday-Thursday will be video streamed live for free on the Big South Network. Friday's action will be carried on ESPN3.
Tuesday, May 23 (Games 1-4) – Big South Network
Game 1: No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb, 9:30am
Game 2: No. 3 Presbyterian College vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 45 minutes following Game 1
Game 3: No. 1 Winthrop vs. No. 8 Campbell, 4:30pm
Game 4: No. 4 High Point vs. No. 5 Radford, 45 minutes following Game 3
Wednesday, May 24 (Games 5-8) – Big South Network
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30am
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 45 minutes following Game 5
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30pm
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 45 minutes following Game 7
Thursday, May 25 (Games 9-10) – Big South Network
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 3:00pm
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 45 minutes following Game 9
Friday, May 26 (Games 11-12 [13-14]) – ESPN3
Game 11: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:00am
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, 5:00pm (7 innings)
Game 14: if necessary - Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 45 minutes following Game 13 (7 innings
Saturday, May 27 (Championship Game) - ESPNU
Winner Game 11 (or 13) vs. Winner Game 12 (or 14), 3:00pm