The Sun Belt Conference tournament changed its format earlier in the week due to weather in Montgomery, Alabama. In doing so, it may have endangered a few bubble teams across the country. Friday morning, Coastal Carolina fell to sixth-seeded Troy 6-4 in their first (and only) league tournament game.
After the Chanticleers battled to tie the game at four in the bottom of the eighth, the Trojans scored two in the ninth to pull off the upset. The knockout format now gives Troy (32-23) a chance to fight their way into next week’s NCAA Tournament, while possibly bursting the bubble of a team from another league. Starting Friday, CCU should be in the field, with the top two seeds from the Sun Belt; State of Texas and South Georgia.
At the Southern Conference tournament in Greenville, the top seed Wofford terrier picked up a 6-3 win over No. 5 seed UNCG on Friday afternoon. The regular-season champions scored three in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to stay in winner’s range. Wofford (41-14-1) meets Samford at noon Saturday and the championship game is Sunday afternoon.
The magic tournament run for South Charleston continued Friday at the Big South Championship in High Point, North Carolina. The Bucs defeated USC-Upstate 11-4 to qualify for the final. According to CSU, this is the first time since 2000 that the Bucs will play for the Big South title. Upstate will look to avoid elimination Friday night against Campbell University. Charleston Southern awaits the winner of this game on Saturday afternoon and will only need one more win to claim the championship and automatically advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Charleston College stayed alive at the CAA Tournament with a 6-1 win over Elon. The College lost its tournament opener Thursday 6-5 to Northeastern. On Friday night, the Cougars took a 4-0 lead and went from there behind Trey Pooser’s pitcher. Charleston will play Saturday at 3:00 p.m. against the winner of the Northeastern and Hofstra game which begins at 11:00 a.m.
In the Division Two “Super Regionals,” North Greenville edged past Columbus State to win Game 1 of the series best-of-three by a score of 7-6 in ten innings. Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Crusaders scored two runs to force extra innings. In the 10th, Bryce Roddey singled to center field, driving in the winning run. Both teams will play a doubleheader (if needed) Saturday starting at noon in Tigerville. NGU only needs one more win to qualify for the D2 World Series in Cary, NC.
And the Clemson softball team saw its historic third season end with a 5-1 loss to Oklahoma State in the Super Regional in Stillwater. The Tigers, who hosted a regional for the first time in their short history, finished the season at 42-17.