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Furman Earns 6th Seed in Upcoming SoCon Tournament

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SPARTANBURG, S.C.

Regular-season champion Western Carolina has earned the top seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Baseball Championship, which will take place May 22-26 at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. Six of the eight seeds were determined Saturday in a wild finish to the league's regular-season slate.

The top eight teams in the final Southern Conference standings qualified for the tournament, which features two four-team double-elimination brackets producing a single-elimination championship game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The tournament winner earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship.

The tournament will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m., with No. 4 seed The Citadel taking on No. 5 seed Appalachian State. That game will be followed by No. 1 seed Western Carolina vs. No. 8 seed Samford at 1:30 p.m. and then No. 3 seed Elon vs. No. 6 Furman at 5 p.m. The first day of the tournament will close with No. 2 College of Charleston against No. 7 seed Georgia Southern at 8:30 p.m.

The 29th-ranked Catamounts (38-18, 23-7 SoCon) won 21 of their final 24 games but saw their 16-game league winning streak snapped at Appalachian State (28-22, 13-14 SoCon) on Saturday. The Mountaineers scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 win, locking up the No. 5 seed.

College of Charleston (31-24, 18-11 SoCon) swept Georgia Southern (25-30, 13-17 SoCon) in the teams' final regular-season series setting up a rematch in the postseason. The Cougars' sweep forced a tie with idle Elon (27-27, 18-11 SoCon), and CofC held the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series with Elon, giving CofC the 2 seed and the Phoenix the 3.

The Citadel (32-24, 18-12 SoCon) saw UNCG score six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday to pull off a 7-4 upset, dropping The Citadel a half-game behind CofC and Elon and relegating the Bulldogs to the No. 4 seed.

Furman (31-23, 14-16 SoCon) finished league play last weekend and had to await this week's conference results to learn its seed, while Georgia Southern finished 25-30 and 13-17 in the SoCon to take the 7 seed.

Samford (27-28, 12-17 SoCon) clinched the final spot in the tournament with a doubleheader split against Davidson on Thursday.

A free video stream of each tournament game will be available at SoConSports.com, and Sunday's championship game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and Time Warner Cable in some markets. 

 

Wednesday, May 22

(Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.)

Game 1: #4 The Citadel vs. #5 Appalachian State, 10 a.m.

Game 2: #2 Western Carolina vs. #8 Samford, 1:30 p.m.

Game 3: #3 Elon vs. #6 Furman, 5 p.m.

Game 4: #2 College of Charleston vs. No. 7 Georgia Southern, 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, May 23

(Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.)

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.

Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.

Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5 p.m. (or 8:30 p.m. if Furman wins Wednesday)

Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8:30 p.m. (or 5 p.m. if Furman wins Wednesday)

 

Friday, May 24

(Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.)

Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m.

Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 25

(Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.)

Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10 a.m.

Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10, 1:30 p.m.

^Game 13: Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 11, 5 p.m.

^Game 14: Loser Game 12 vs. Winner Game 12, 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 26

(Fluor Field, Greenville, S.C.)

Game 15: Championship game (ESPN3), 2 p.m.

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