JONESBORO, Ark. (5/19/18) – The Arkansas State baseball squad claimed the ninth seed in the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament and will open the event with a single-elimination matchup against eighth-seeded UT Arlington Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field at Russo Park in Lafayette, La.
The winner of the game between A-State and UTA will advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament to face either Coastal Carolina or Louisiana-Lafayette, depending on the result of the other single elimination game between No. 7 Little Rock and No. 10 Georgia State, which takes place Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The tournament begins on Tuesday, May 22, and ends with the championship game on Sunday, May 27. All games of the tournament will be available on ESPN+ and the WatchESPN app. The tournament format combines single and double-elimination play. Two single-elimination first round games on Tuesday precede the start of double-elimination play between the remaining eight teams. The top ten teams, based on conference winning percentage will compete for the tournament title.
The Sun Belt champion will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
This is Arkansas State’s ninth straight appearance in the conference tournament and the Red Wolves are the only team in the league to win at least two games in each of those appearances. A-State was 4-14 after 18 league games, but finished 7-5 down the stretch to get to 11-19 in league play and claim the ninth seed. The team sports an overall record of 20-31.
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2018 Baseball Championship Schedule
Tuesday, May 22 (start of single-elimination)
Game 1: 3:00 p.m. (ESPN+) - No. 7 Little Rock vs. No. 10 Georgia State
Game 2: 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - No. 8 UTA vs. No. 9 Arkansas State
Wednesday, May 23 (start of double-elimination)
Game 3: 9:00 a.m. (ESPN+) - No. 4 South Alabama vs. No. 5 Georgia Southern
Game 4: 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. 1st Round Winner (Low Seed)
Game 5: 4:00 p.m. (ESPN+) - No. 3 Troy vs. No. 6 Texas State
Game 6: 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - No. 2 Louisiana vs. 1st Round Winner (High Seed)
Thursday, May 24
Game 7: 9:00 a.m. (ESPN+) - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 8: 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 9: 4:00 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 10: 7:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Friday, May 25
Game 11: 3:00 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 9
Game 12: 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 10
Saturday, May 26
Game 13: 9:00 a.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 11
Game 14: 12:30 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 12
*Game 15: 4:00 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner Game 13 vs. Loser Game 13 (if necessary)
#Game 16: 7:30 p.m. ^ (ESPN+) - Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 14 (if necessary)
Sunday, May 27 (Championship Game)
Championship: 1:00 p.m. (ESPN+) - Winner take all
* Game 15 is necessary if the winner of Game 11 also wins Game 13.
# Game 16 is necessary if the winner of Game 12 also wins Game 14.
^ If Game 15 is not necessary and Game 16 is necessary, Game 16 shall begin 75 minutes after the conclusion of Game 14.
All times are Central and Subject to Change
2018 Baseball Championship seeds and Sun Belt records
- 1. Coastal Carolina (38-17, 23-7 Sun Belt)
- 2. Louisiana (33-23, 18-12 Sun Belt)
- 3. Troy (38-18, 19-11 Sun Belt)
- 4. South Alabama (30-23, 18-11 Sun Belt) *
- 5. Georgia Southern (29-24, 18-11 Sun Belt) *
- 6. Texas State (28-26-1, 16-14 Sun Belt)
- 7. Little Rock (27-26, 15-14 Sun Belt)
- 8. UTA (21-33, 11-19 Sun Belt) **
- 9. Arkansas State (20-31, 11-19 Sun Belt) **
- 10. Georgia State (26-28, 10-19 Sun Belt)
* - Georgia Southern and South Alabama finished the regular season with identical 18-11 conference records. USA earned the No. 4 seed based on its series win, head-to-head, over Georgia Southern. USA claimed that series 3-0.
** - UTA and Arkansas State finished the regular season with identical 11-19 conference records. UTA earned the No. 8 seed based on its series win, head-to-head, over Arkansas State. UTA claimed that series 2-1.