Lady Chants take top seed into Big South tournament

ccusoft-28Coastal Carolina posted the most Conference wins in Big South history and a 20-4 record to win its eighth overall Big South regular-season softball championship and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big South Softball Championship, it was determined Sunday as the Conference season concluded this afternoon.  The championship will be hosted by Coastal Carolina University

Top-seeded Coastal Carolina University will play its first game of the 2014 Big South Softball Championship on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against either Gardner-Webb or Liberty, based on the pairings released by the conference Sunday evening.

The regular-season champion and host Chanticleers (38-14) will face the survivor of Thursday morning’s play-in game between the eighth-seeded Runnin’ Bulldogs (16-35) and ninth-seeded Flames (10-44), which gets action at Coastal Carolina Softball Stadium started at 9 a.m.

The other three matchups on Thursday’s opening day include No. 4 Campbell (29-25) taking on No. 5 Winthrop (26-24) at noon, No. 2 Longwood (38-14) facing No. 7 Charleston Southern (23-31-1) at 5 p.m. and No. 3 Radford (22-28) meeting No. 6 Presbyterian College (25-24) at 7:30 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament will continue with six games on Friday. Coastal will face either Campbell or Winthrop in its second game at either 2 p.m. or 9 a.m., depending on Thursday’s results.

Semifinal action will take place on Saturday with at least two games, at noon and 2:30 p.m., with the possibility of one or two more contests to follow if necessary. The championship game is set for Sunday at noon.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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