Monday, May 05, 2008
MACON, Ga. (May 5, 2008) - With the regular seasons winding down in both softball and baseball, Atlantic Sun Conference teams begin preparations for the conference tournament and an opportunity to secure the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. All of the action from the 2008 Atlantic Sun Softball and Baseball Championships will be webcast live on ASun.TV and is available to new subscribers for only $9.99. To purchase a subscription or view ASun.TV's championship schedule, visit www.asun.tv.
This year's tournaments, hosted by Stetson University, will take place on May 8-10 (softball) and May 21-24 (baseball) in DeLand, Fla. ASun.TV, a product of PlayON! Sports, a division of Turner Sports, will cover each game of both tournaments.
The ETSU softball team kicks off the tournament when they face Mercer Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The Lady Bucs earned the tournament's No. 4 seed after finishing the regular season with a mark of 28-31, 10-12, and are looking to break two school records while in DeLand. Head coach Andrea Mangrum's club is two wins shy of setting the new all-time wins record and three stolen bases away of eclipsing the 93 thefts that were totaled in 2005.
The ETSU baseball team is battling both Campbell and Stetson for the league's sixth seed. The Bucs have nine games remaining; however, six of those are against conference foes (three at Florida Gulf Coast and three vs. Stetson). Head coach Tony Skole's club is currently riding a five-game win streak and have plated 91 runs over this stretch.
"In only our first year broadcasting ASun.TV, we have had tremendous response from fans about the ability to see high-quality video through their computers," said Atlantic Sun Conference Commissioner Ted Gumbart. "We are excited to conclude the debut season with the softball and baseball tournaments, both traditionally outstanding events in the Atlantic Sun Conference."
The tournament can be viewed live and via on-demand replay by all fans with high speed internet access. Fans may purchase a Single Event Pass ($5.99 per event) or a monthly All-Event Pass ($9.99 per month). With the monthly All-Event Pass, fans can enjoy every ASun.TV webcast of both the A-Sun Softball and Baseball Championships, as well as on-demand access to every ASun.TV game from the 2007-08 season.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.