Tiebreaker Sends Softball to SAC Tournament as #8 Seed


ROCK HILL, SC -- The Catawba softball team survived a four-team tiebreaker to claim the eighth seed in the upcoming 2010 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Tournament, which begins Thursday at Wingate University in Wingate, NC.  The Lady Indians will open with top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne in Thursday’s final game at 4:30 p.m.

Tusculum, Lincoln Memorial, Catawba and Brevard College tied for sixth place in the final conference standings.  In the four-way tie, Tusculum went 4-2 against LMU, Catawba and Brevard; LMU went 4-2 against Tusculum, Catawba and Brevard; Brevard went 3-3 against Tusculum, LMU and Catawba; Catawba went 1-5 against Tusculum, LMU and Brevard.

LMU and Tusculum, with 4-2 records against all tied teams and 1-1 against each other, were broken out and that tie was broken by going head-to-head against the top seed and working down.  Both teams were 0-2 against top-seed Lenoir-Rhyne. Tusculum split with second-seed Carson-Newman, while LMU was 0-2, giving the Pioneers the sixth seed.

The remaining teams LMU, Catawba and Brevard were again placed into a tie for seventh.  LMU earned the seventh seed by going 3-1 against Catawba and Brevard.  Catawba and Brevard remained tied for the final tournament spot.  They split with each other, were 0-2 against both Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson-Newman, and split with third-seed Newberry. Catawba went 1-1 against fourth-seed Mars Hill, while Brevard was 0-2 against Mars Hill, giving Catawba the eighth seed.

Fourth-seeded Mars Hill and host Wingate will open the tournament at 9 a.m.  Third-seeded Newberry and Tusculum will battle at 11:30 a.m. with #3-seed Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial squaring off at 2 p.m.

Tournament play continues with six games on Friday.  Two games on Friday will be played at Forest Hills High School.  Three more games are set for Saturday.  The championship game will be played Sunday at Wingate at 1 p.m., with a second game, if necessary, to follow.

The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.  All-Tournament tickets will be available at the gate for $15 for adults and $7 for students and children.  Daily ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students and children.

Wingate University will provide live stats and a live pay-per-view webcast for all games played at Wingate University.  Visit for more information.  Food Lion is the title sponsor for all South Atlantic Conference championships.

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