Camels draw top-seeded Winthrop in Big South tourney

Bryce Myers (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Bryce Myers (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Campbell will match up with regular season champion Winthrop to open the 2017 Big South Baseball Championship, presented by Hardee's, Tuesday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Lexington County Stadium in Lexington, S.C. 

The Camels draw the tournament's No. 8 seed, finishing 25-30 overall and 10-14 in Big South games. Campbell closed the regular season with a series win over Longwood.

Winthrop captured the No. 1 seed, finishing Big South play with a 17-7 record, and a 31-22 overall mark.

The Eagles took the season series 2-1 in Rock Hill, S.C. Winthrop held on for a 7-5 win in the series opener before Campbell evened the set with an 11-5 victory. WU claimed the finale 3-2.

The Big South Championship tournament is a double-elimination format and features eight squads competing for the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals -- highlighted by a "Winner-Take-All" championship game on Saturday, May 27 that will be televised live on ESPNU for the second straight year. First pitch is at 3 p.m.

Liberty will be the No. 2 seed, while Presbyterian College will be third. High Point claimed the fourth seed, while Radford, UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb round out seeds five, six and seven.

The tournament begins Tuesday, May 23 with four games scheduled -- No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb at 9:30 a.m., No. 3 Presbyterian vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville 45 minutes after Game 1, No. 1 Winthrop vs. No. 8 Campbell at 4:30 p.m. and No. 4 High Point vs. No. 5 Radford 45 minutes after Game 3.

The tournament will continue with Games 5-8 on Wednesday, May 24, Games 9-10 on Thursday, May 25, Games 11-12 and any if necessary contests on Friday, May 26. The championship game will be played Saturday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU for the second straight season.

The complete 2017 Big South Baseball Championship schedule appears below, and all games Tuesday-Thursday will be video streamed live for free on the Big South Network. Friday's action will be carried on ESPN3.

Tuesday, May 23 (Games 1-4) – Big South Network
Game 1:  No. 2 Liberty vs. No. 7 Gardner-Webb, 9:30am
Game 2:  No. 3 Presbyterian College vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 45 minutes following Game 1
Game 3:  No. 1 Winthrop vs. No. 8 Campbell, 4:30pm
Game 4:  No. 4 High Point vs. No. 5 Radford, 45 minutes following Game 3

Wednesday, May 24 (Games 5-8) – Big South Network
Game 5:  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 9:30am
Game 6:  Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 45 minutes following Game 5
Game 7:  Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30pm
Game 8:  Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 45 minutes following Game 7

Thursday, May 25 (Games 9-10) – Big South Network
Game 9:  Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 3:00pm
Game 10:  Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6, 45 minutes following Game 9

Friday, May 26 (Games 11-12 [13-14]) – ESPN3
Game 11:  Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:00am
Game 12:  Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 45 minutes following Game 11
Game 13:  if necessary - Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 5:00pm (7 innings)
Game 14: if necessary - Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 45 minutes following Game 13 (7 innings)

Saturday, May 27 (Championship Game) – ESPNU
Winner Game 11 (or 13) vs. Winner Game 12 (or 14), 3:00pm