Sun Belt changes tourney format to single elimination

ccubase-huddleCoastal Carolina’s postseason quest to repeat as national champions is down to its last out due to adverse weather conditions in Statesboro, GA.

Poor field conditions and the threat of further inclement weather forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship first round games at J.I. Clements Stadium.

The Sun Belt Conference cancelled play for a second time in as many days. With the cancellations, the 2017 Sun Belt Baseball Championship will move to a single elimination format.

The play-in games will take place Thursday and an eight-team, single-elimination event will start Friday with the quarterfinals, followed by semifinals on Saturday and the championship being played on Sunday.

That means defending national champion Coastal Carolina, the Sun Belt tournament’s top seed, needs to win three consecutive games to claim the automatic bid awarded to the conference champion. If not, the Chants will have to hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals.

The latest Sun Belt Conference tournament schedule is listed below:

Friday

Game 3 – 9:00am – #6 Troy vs. #3 South Alabama
Game 4 – 12:30pm – #7 Arkansas State vs. #2 UTA
Game 5 – 4:00pm – #8 Texas State vs. #1 Coastal Carolina
Game 6 – 7:30pm – #5 Georgia Southern vs. #4 Louisiana

Saturday
Game 7 – 3:00pm – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
Game 8 – 6:30pm – Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner

Sunday
Game 9 – 1:00pm – Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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