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
#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)
#2 UNC Greensboro vs. #7 UNC Wilmington (12:15 p.m., Frost)
#3 Chattanooga vs. #6 Furman (2:30 p.m., Frost)
Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (7 p.m., Frost)
Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 (7 p.m., Hargraves)
Friday, May 9
Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (10 a.m., Frost)
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 (12:15 p.m., Frost)
Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 6 (12:15 p.m., Hargraves)
Loser of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 5 (2:30 p.m., Hargraves)
Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 (2:30 p.m., Frost)
Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 9 (4:45 p.m., Frost)
Saturday, May 10
Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 12 (10 a.m., Frost)
Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 13 (12:15 p.m.)
(if necessary): Winner of Game 14 vs. Loser of Game 14, if first loss (2:30 p.m., Frost)