FIU Earns No. 3 Seed for SBC Softball Championship
Courtesy: FIUSports.com
          Release: 05/06/2012
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MIAMI (May 6, 2012) - The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship bracket was released on Sunday evening by conference officials, with FIU earning the No. 3 seed. The SBC Championship will take place on May 9-12 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., and will be hosted by Florida Atlantic.

FIU (27-25, 15-9 SBC) will face No. 6 seed Troy (31-22. 10-14 SBC) in first round action on Wednesday, May 9, at 11 a.m.

The SBC will use the same format as last year for the tournament which emulates the College World Series bracket. The loser of games seven and eight will switch sides of the bracket to play through the loser's bracket. The SBC tournament differs from the CWS bracket in that the SBC championship game is single elimination whereas the CWS championship round is the best two-out-of-three.

Championship festivities begin on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET with the Championship Family Night celebration. This annual event honors student-athletes for their performance on the field and in the classroom while providing several family-friendly activities throughout the night, including a student-athlete home run derby and fireworks show. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public.

The 2012 SBC Championship game is slated for Saturday, May 13, at 4 p.m. All championship seedings, a complete tournament schedule and ticket information can be found below.

2012 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship Tournament Seeds
1.    Louisiana-Lafayette
2.    South Alabama
3.    FIU
4.    North Texas
5.    Western Kentucky
6.    Troy
7.    Louisiana-Monroe
8.    Florida Atlantic

2012 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship Tournament Schedule
Wednesday, May 9
11:00 a.m.    G1 - No. 3 FIU vs. No. 6 Troy
1:30 p.m.      G2 - No. 2 South Alabama vs. No. 7 Louisiana-Monroe
4:00 p.m.      G3 - No. 4 North Texas vs. No. 5 Western Kentucky
6:30 p.m.      G4 - No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 8 Florida Atlantic

Thursday, May 10
11:00 a.m.    G5 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
1:30 p.m.      G6 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
4:00 p.m.      G7 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
6:30 p.m.      G8 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Friday, May 11
11:00 a.m.    G9 - Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 6
1:30 p.m.      G10 - Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 5
4:00 p.m.      G11 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
6:30 p.m.      G12 - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10

Saturday, May 12
4:00 p.m.      G13 - Championship Game

All times Eastern (EST) and subject to change.

SUN BELT CONFERENCE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DAILY TICKET PRICES
Tournament Pass: (Valid for all tournament games)
$35 Adults
$25 Youth/Senior/Faculty/Staff
 
Single Day Tickets:
$12 Adult
$8 Youth/Senior/Faculty/Staff
$5 Group Ticket Price (Groups of 10+ with 24 hours of notice)

Ticket booklets will be available at the ticket office at FAU Softball Stadium during each day of the tournament and can also be purchased at the FAU Athletics Ticket Office, in person or by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS. Tournament booklets contain tickets to all 15 games (including "if necessary" games). No individual game tickets will be sold.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.


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