Indians to take on Carson-Newman in first round of Food Lion SAC Baseball Tournament
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ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Newberry College baseball team has earned the fifth seed in the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament and will face second-seeded Carson-Newman College in the first round, the league office announced today. The tournament will be held in Hickory, N.C., this coming Thursday through Sunday, with the champion earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Indians, 19-25 overall and 9-12 in SAC play, qualified for the tournament in the last round of SAC games with a 4-3 win over Lincoln Memorial University. After starting league play with a 3-9 record through the first three series, Newberry went 6-3 in the last three series to earn the postseason berth.

Against Carson-Newman earlier this year, the Indians dropped two-of-three games, with an extra-inning loss and a one-run loss. Brandon Petty pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout to earn conference pitcher of the week honors in the win.

The Catawba Indians, who claimed their fourth conference championship in the past five years, are the top seed for the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament, which kicks off Thursday at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C.

The 26th-ranked Indians (16-5 SAC, 32-14) will face sixth seed Wingate (8-12, 19-31) in the Thursday opener at noon.

Wingate tied Mars Hill for sixth place in the final regular-season standings. Wingate earned the sixth seed by winning two of three in its series against Mars Hill.

Carson-Newman College (13-6 SAC, 35-14), last year’s tournament champions, is the second seed and will face fifth-seed Newberry (9-12 SAC, 19-25) at 3:45 p.m. This is the second year in a row these two teams have faced each other in the first round of the tournament.

Tusculum College (11-9, 33-12) is the third seed. The Pioneers will open the tournament against fourth-seed and tournament host Lenoir-Rhyne College (10-10, 21-27) in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

The top six teams in the conference earned berths to the Food Lion SAC Tournament. The bracket format follows the NCAA regional six-team bracket.

Tournament play continues with three games on Friday. Three more games are set for Saturday when the tournament moves to L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Hickory Crawdads. The championship game will be played Sunday at 1 p.m., with a second game, if necessary, to follow.

All-Tournament tickets will be available at the gate for $12 for adults and $6 for children and students. Daily ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament

Thursday, April 17
At Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C.

Game 1: No. 1 Catawba vs. No. 6 Wingate, Noon
Game 2: No. 2 Carson-Newman vs. No. 5 Newberry, 3:45 p.m.
Game 3: No. 3 Tusculum vs. No. 4 Lenoir-Rhyne, 7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, April 18
At Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, N.C.
Game 4: Catawba/Wingate loser vs. Carson-Newman/Newberry loser, Noon
Game 5: Catawba/Wingate winner vs. Tusculum/Lenoir-Rhyne loser, 3:45 p.m.
Game 6: Carson-Newman/Newberry winner vs. Tusculum/Lenoir-Rhyne winner, 7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 19
At L.P. Frans Stadium, Hickory, N.C.
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, Noon *
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 3:45 p.m. *
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 7:30 p.m. *
 
Sunday, April 20
At L.P. Frans Stadium, Hickory, N.C.
Championship Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 1 p.m. *
Game 15 (if necessary), Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 4 p.m.
* If five teams remain after Game 6, and two after Game 9 OR If five teams remain after Game 6, and three after Game 9, then alternate brackets will be used.