C-USA Baseball Championship Pairings
May 18, 2013
The wildest regular season race in Conference USA history came down to the final day and a couple of familiar names ended up sharing the regular season title. For the second time in three years, Rice and Southern Miss are co-champions of Conference USA, both finishing with 15-9 league records. The Owls secured a share of their seventh C-USA regular season crown in eight years with a series sweep of Marshall at home. Five miles away, Southern Miss posted a 6-5 win Saturday at Houston to gain a share of the crown. Rice will be the No.1 seed at the C-USA Championship at Reckling Park in Houston based on a two-games-to-one series victory at Southern Miss on the opening weekend of league play.
For Rice (37-17), it marks the 18th consecutive season that the Owls have won a conference regular season or tournament championship, dating back to 1995, the final year of the Southwest Conference. For Southern Miss (28-25) it marks its third C-USA regular season crown since 2003.
The 2013 Conference USA Championship will feature the top eight teams in regular-season league play. Those eight will be split into two four-team pools (or pods), with the winner of each pod playing in a single championship game. Teams are assigned pods based on seed, which are determined by the order of finish in regular-season conference play.
Each team is guaranteed to play three games. Teams in each pod will play all three other teams in its pod. The team with the best composite record in each pod advances to the championship game. Two-way ties in a pod will be broken by head-to-head play. In the case of a three-way tie, the highest seed will advance.
Game times are 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the championship game slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The championship game will be nationally-televised by CBS Sports Network.
Pod number one features No.1 seed Rice, No. 4 seed Memphis, No. 5 seed UCF and No. 8 seed UAB. Pod number two includes No. 2 seed Southern Miss, No. 3 seed East Carolina, No. 6 seed Houston and No. 7 seed Tulane.
Makeup of the Pods and Schedule of Play
Pod 1 (Seeds 1, 4 5, and 8) Pod 2 (Seeds 2, 3 6, and 7) Rice vs. Memphis, UCF and UAB Southern Miss vs. East Carolina, Houston and Tulane Memphis vs. Rice, UCF and UAB East Carolina vs. Southern Miss, Houston and Tulane UCF vs. Rice, Memphis and UAB Houston vs. Southern Miss, East Carolina and Tulane UAB vs. Rice, Memphis and UCF Tulane vs. Southern Miss, East Carolina and Houston
Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 26 (televised by CBS Sports Network)
All Times Central
Each game of the championship from Wednesday through Saturday will be streamed live on the C-USA Digital Network. The championship game of the tournament on Sunday, May 26 will be televised live by CBS Sports Network, beginning at 1 p.m. CDT. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. UAB is the defending tournament champion.
Tickets for the championship are available via Ticketmaster.com.