Guardian Credit Union’s Sun Belt Baseball Championship Moves to Knockout Format

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To the. – After consultation with head coaches, the Sun Belt Tournament Games Committee will transition the Guardian Credit Union Sun Belt Baseball Championship presented by Troy University to a knockout format beginning Friday, May 27.

The decision was made following a significant weather delay on Wednesday and considering Thursday’s weather forecast and student-athletes’ rest and recovery during the playoffs.

The Games Committee must be satisfied that the double-elimination bracket would be completed before Sunday’s NCAA automatic qualifying deadline – and based on Wednesday’s weather delay and Thursday’s weather forecast, they weren’t convinced. that he could see this bracket end, requiring the switch to a knockout format.


The quarter-finals will be played on Friday May 27; the semi-finals will be played on Saturday May 28; and the championship game will remain at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, May 29.


Every match in the tournament will be broadcast nationally on ESPN+.

Tickets remain availablewith prices starting at just $10.


The Sun Belt Conference currently has the No. 6 RPI in the nation, trailing only the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA.

South Alabama is the defending Sun Belt Tournament champion and has the conference’s all-time best 13 crowns. The Jaguars (65 RPI) are 1 of 5 Sun Belt baseball programs that currently rank in the top 65 RPI, alongside Georgia Southern (10 RPI), Texas State (25 RPI), Coastal Carolina (27 RPI ) and Louisiana. (57 RPI). Sun Belt baseball programs have earned 17 spots in the NCAA over the past 10 seasons.


For more information, including relevant links and daily recaps, visit Sun Belt Baseball Championship Central.



Friday May 27 – Quarter-finals
Quarter-Final 1: No. 6 Seed Troy vs. No. 3 Seed Coastal Carolina, 9:00 a.m.
Quarterfinal 2: 9th seed App State vs. 2nd seed Georgia Southern. 12:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal 3: No. 5 Seed South Alabama vs. No. 4 Seed Louisiana, 4:00 p.m.
Quarterfinal 4: No. 10 Seed ULM vs. No. 1 Seed Texas State, 7:30 p.m.



Saturday May 28 – Semi-finals
Semi-Final 1: Winner Quarter-Final 1 vs. Winner Quarter-Final 2, 3:00 p.m.
Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 3 vs. Winner Quarter-Final 4, 7:00 p.m.



Sunday May 29 – Championship game
Championship Match: Winner of Semi-Final 1 v Winner of Semi-Final 2, 1:00 p.m.

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