A-State to open SBC Championship against Top Seed South Alabama
JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) –The Arkansas State baseball team earned the eighth in the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship and will take on the top seed, South Alabama, at 12:30 Wednesday at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Ala., the league announced Saturday night.
A-State finished the regular season with a 25-28 mark with a 12-17 record in Sun Belt Conference games. The Red Wolves lost to UALR 4-3 in their regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium, but were able to clinch the eighth seed by virtue of ULM getting swept by Louisiana-Lafayette in a doubleheader.
South Alabama earned the regular-season conference championship with a 19-9 mark in SBC games with an overall record of 34-19. The winner of Wednesday's first-round matchup between the Red Wolves and Jaguars will face the winner between fourth-seeded Georgia Southern and fifth-seeded Georgia State. The loser of the A-State/South Alabama game will play the loser between the Eagles and Panthers.
The Red Wolves secured a berth in the conference tournament for the sixth straight year and ended SBC play with wins in seven of their last nine conference contests.
All of Arkansas State's games can be heard locally on 95.3 FM The Ticket/970 AM KNEA and also for free on the Red Wolves Digital Network on AStateRedWolves.com. All games will be available via webstream on SunBeltSports.org. All weekend games, including Sunday's championship, will be aired live on ESPN3.
Championship festivities get underway on Tuesday night with Championship Family Night, a celebration of this season's accomplishments both on and off the field for the student-athletes in attendance. There will be a home run derby, autograph session and much more for those in attendance.
2015 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Seeds (Season Record)
1. South Alabama (34-19, 19-9 SBC)
2. Troy (30-23, 18-10 SBC)
3. UL Lafayette (34-20, 18-11 SBC)
4. Georgia Southern (30-25, 18-12 SBC)
5. Georgia State (29-25, 15-13 SBC)
6. Texas State (22-30-1, 14-16 SBC) *
7. UT Arlington (23-30, 14-16 SBC)
8. Arkansas State (25-28, 12-17 SBC) **
* - Texas State and UT Arlington finished tied with identical 14-16 Sun Belt records. The first tie-breaker looks at the head-to-head results of the two tied teams and Texas State took two-of-three from UTA in the final conference series, thus giving the Bobcats the No. 6 seed.
** - UALR and Arkansas State finished tied with identical 12-17 Sun Belt records. The first tie-breaker looks at the head-to-head results of the two tied teams and Arkansas State took two-of-three from UALR in the final conference series, thus giving the Red Wolves the eighth and final seed in the tournament.
2015 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Schedule
Wednesday, May 20
Game 1: 9:00 a.m. No. 4 Georgia Southern vs. No. 5 Georgia State
Game 2: 12:30 p.m. No. 1 South Alabama vs. No. 8 Arkansas State
Game 3: 4:00 p.m. No. 3 UL Lafayette vs. No. 6 Texas State
Game 4: 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Troy vs. No. 7 UT Arlington
Thursday, May 21
Game 5: 9:00 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6: 12:30 p.m. Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7: 4:00 p.m. Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 8: 7:30 p.m. Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Friday, May 22
Game 9: 3:00 p.m. Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7
Game 10: 6:30 p.m. Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8
Saturday, May 23
Game 11: 9:00 a.m. Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 12: 12:30 p.m. Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10
Game 13: 4:00 p.m. *Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11
Game 14: 7:30 p.m. #Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12
* Game 13 is necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11.
# Game 14 is necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12.
Championship Sunday, May 24
Game 13: 1:00 p.m. Winner Game 11/13 vs. Winner Game 12/14 (ESPN3)
NOTE: All games are Central Time and are Subject to Change without Notice