Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bring on the Softball

Radford hosts the 2009 Big South Conference Softball Championship (presented by Texas Roadhouse), with play beginning Thursday morning--yes, morning, as the first game takes the field at 10am, weather willing.

RU not only has host duties, but the honor/bonus/burden of being the top seed as well. Last year, Winthrop had the one-two punch of host and top seed, which helped the Eagles get the third and most important part of the winning trilogy: a championship. Can Radford do the same this year? They were the two-seed behind Winthrop last year, just as WU is the two-seed behind Radford this year. Odds favor a showdown between the two, but double-elimination tournaments can be tricky if a team slips up and winds up on the wrong side of the bracket.

Day one (Thursday) brings us four games: 4-CSU/5-GWU, 3-LU/6-CCU, 1-RU/(g1 winner), 2-WU/(g2winner). Day two (Friday) is when things get really complicated, for a while at least, with FIVE games over the full course of the day. That crowded slate gets us from six teams down to two, setting up the third day's finale. Championship Saturday will be either one or two games (if needed) to determine the one winner for the Big South. it?

It'll all make sense if you watch the results unfold on The Big South EDGE, with all games streamed live from Radford. Here's more on the video streaming for the week...

More to share:
The Big South announced four winners for the 2009 Christenberry Award (highest academic honor for student-athletes): Marcie Veitch, CCU track/field; Alexandra Spector, RU tennis; Patricia Coimbra, WU tennis; and Patrick Walker, LU wrestling.

While we're on the subject of smart and deserving student-athletes, let's give a proper SHOUT-out to the two recipients of the Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowships: Tessa Thomas, WU softball; and Jonathan Ahearn, GWU baseball.

Don't forget, the baseball championship is right around the corner--games are set for May 19-23 at McCormick Field in Asheville, NC. The final week of the regular season is just ahead of us now, and competition for seeding could be intense. Enjoy the games!

NCAA Tournament updates--
Men's Tennis: Radford is in the Knoxville regional vs. Duke on Friday, 5/8
Women's Tennis: Winthrop is at Clemson in the first round on Friday, 5/8
Women's Golf: Coastal Carolina is in the Gainesville regional starting Thursday, 5/7
Men's Golf: Coastal Carolina will be in the New Jersey regional starting Thursday, 5/14

Gotta run, Big South fans--dodge those showers and catch some great softball and baseball while we still have some season left! SHOUT...out.

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