ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Carson-Newman Eagles are the No. 5 seed and will face No. 2 seed Catawba in the 2012 Food Lion SAC Baseball Championship, which gets underway on Thursday in Forest City, N.C.
The Eagles clinched a berth in the tournament with a 12-4 win against Newberry on Saturday. Catawba won the season series with the Eagles, 2-1, winning the first two games of a three-game series in late March.
Third-ranked Tusculum, which clinched the regular-season conference title with a pair of victories over Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday. The Pioneers finished 24-3 in SAC play this season, one game better than the Championship's No. 2 seed and 24th-ranked Catawba, which went 23-4 in the league.
Tusculum enters the Championship at 39-7 overall, while Catawba is 36-10.
Seeded third in the SAC Championship will be Brevard, which finished the regular season with a 26-20 overall record a 16-11 mark in conference play.
The Tornados' third-place finish in the SAC standings is the program's best since joining the conference.
After finishing 14-13 in the SAC and 28-21 overall, Wingate has earned the Championship's No. 4 seed. The Bulldogs are followed by C-N, which went 24-23 overall and 13-14 in league play.
Newberry secured the SAC Championship's sixth and final berth by winning three of its final five conference games to finish 12-15.
The SAC Baseball Championship will begin on Thursday at noon with Tusculum taking on Newberry, followed by Catawba vs. Carson-Newman at approximately 3:45 and Brevard vs. Wingate at approximately 7:30.
All games of the double-elimination tournament will be played at McNair field in Forest City, N.C. Complete information on the event – including a full bracket -- can be found at SAC Championship Central.
2012 Food Lion SAC Baseball Championship – Opening Round Schedule
McNair Field | Forest City, N.C.
No. 1 Tusculum vs. No. 6 Newberry, noon
No. 2 Catawba vs. No. 5 Carson-Newman, 3:45 p.m.
No. 3 Brevard vs. No. 4 Wingate, 7:30 p.m.