Softball Championships set for this weekend, Bucs face Georgia Southern in first round

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 6, 2003) -- East Tennessee State has garnered a No. 5 seed at this year's Southern Conference Softball Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Buccaneers will play fourth-seeded Georgia Southern in the first game of the tourney, which will be held this Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. ETSU and Georgia Southern both finished 10-10 in Southern Conference play, while the Bucs are the hottest team going into the tournament. ETSU has won its last six games that include back-to-back sweeps over conference opponents Furman and Appalachian State. The Buccaneers went 1-2 versus GSU this season. The squad won 4-2 over the Eagles in the first game of a doubleheader back on April 18, but lost the nightcap 5-3. On April 19, ETSU fell by a score of 8-7. The top seed in the SoCon Tournament went to College of Charleston, which won the regular-season outright. The Cougars finished with a record of 42-9 overall and 16-4 in league play. If ETSU wins its first game on Thursday, the Bucs will then play the winner of College of Charleston and No. 8 Appalachian State at 10 a.m. on Friday. The eight-team tournament is a double-elimination format with each team playing a miniumum of two games. Competitition gets underway on Thursday, May 8 and will conclude with the championship on Saturday, May 10. For updated results and to follow the championship action live, log on to www.SoConSports.com, the official website for the the Southern Conference. Thursday, May 8 Game 1: #4 Georgia Southern vs. #5 East Tennessee State (10 a.m., Frost) Game 2: #1 Coll. of Charleston vs. #8 Appalachian State (4:45 p.m., Frost) Game 3: #2 UNC Greensboro vs. #7 UNC Wilmington (12:15 p.m., Frost) Game 4: #3 Chattanooga vs. #6 Furman (2:30 p.m., Frost) Game 5: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (7 p.m., Frost) Game 6: Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 (7 p.m., Hargraves) Friday, May 9 Game 7: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (10 a.m., Frost) Game 8: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 (12:15 p.m., Frost) Game 9: Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 6 (12:15 p.m., Hargraves) Game 10: Loser of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 5 (2:30 p.m., Hargraves) Game 11: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 (2:30 p.m., Frost) Game 12: Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 9 (4:45 p.m., Frost) Saturday, May 10 Game 13: Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 12 (10 a.m., Frost) Game 14: Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13 (12:15 p.m.) Game 15 (if necessary): Winner of Game 14 vs. Loser of Game 14, if first loss (2:30 p.m., Frost)
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