Conference USA Announces 2017 Championship Bracket
North Texas Enters As No. 7 Seed
IRVING, Texas - The 2017 Conference USA Softball Championship field has been set, following the conclusion of the league's final regular-season games on Sunday afternoon. Eight teams, including C-USA regular-season champion No. 23 Marshall, will compete for the postseason tournament title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 10-13, with a chance to earn the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
North Texas enters the tournament as the No. 7 seed.
2017 C-USA Softball Championship Bracket
The first round will be played in a single-elimination format with (5) UAB and (8) WKU meeting in game one at 12 p.m. CT, followed by (6) Charlotte and (7) North Texas in game two at 2:30 p.m. CT. After receiving single-byes into the second half of the first round, (4) Florida Atlantic will await the winner between the Blazers and Lady Toppers at 5 p.m. CT, while (3) Louisiana Tech will take on the winner of the Charlotte-North Texas matchup at 7:30 p.m. CT to round out the event's first day on Wednesday, May 10.
After finishing at the top of the East Division and staking its first C-USA regular-season title, nationally-ranked, (1) Marshall earns a double-bye into the quarterfinal round on Thursday, May 11. Joining the Herd with an automatic spot in the quarters is East Division rival (2) FIU. Marshall will await its opponent at the top of the bracket (No. 4, No. 5 or No. 8 seeds) in game five at 2 p.m. while the Panthers are on the bottom half of the bracket (No. 3, No. 6 or No. 7 seeds) and are slated for a 4:30 p.m. start.
Days two and three (quarterfinal and semifinal rounds) will be played in a double-elimination format until two teams remain. The first loser's bracket game is slated for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, with the second to be played at 5 p.m. The winner of the winner's bracket semifinal game at 12 p.m. will advance straight to Saturday's championship game.
Games one through nine will be streamed or televised live on beIN Sports or beIN Connect. All nine games will also be available streaming live on YouTube. Live streaming and stats links will be available each game day and can be found on the C-USA Championship Central page.
The 2017 C-USA Softball Championship game will be played on Saturday, May 13 at 12 p.m. CT, broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
For more information on this year's championship event, with broadcast/stats links and more, visit the 2016 C-USA Softball Championship Central Page HERE.