May 26, 2012
2012 C-USA Baseball Championship Information
2012 Baseball Championship Blog
The Championship Game matchup of the 2012 Conference USA Championship presented by Trustmark has been set. Memphis and UAB will each be making their first C-USA Championship Game appearance, with the winner of Sunday's title game earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. CDT and the game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
The Memphis victory closed day two of the championship. In the opening game on Thursday, UAB exploded for 13 runs in the fifth inning and defeated UCF, 15-1. Extra innings was needed for the second year in a row when Houston and Southern Miss met, with this time the Golden Eagles defeating the Cougars, 8-7 in 10 innings.
In the opening game of the first day, No. 5 seed Memphis continued its recent offensive barrage with a 14-3 win over No. 4 Southern Miss. In the second game, top-seeded Rice rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to defeat No. 8 Houston, 7-5. Opening day action concludes when No. 6 East Carolina faces No. 3 Tulane.
The 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 Southern Miss, No. 5 seed Memphis and No. 8 seed Houston. Pod number two includes No. 2 seed UCF, No. 3 seed Tulane, No. 6 seed East Carolina and No. 7 seed UAB.
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. Southern Miss, Memphis and Houston UCF vs. Tulane, East Carolina and UAB
Southern Miss vs. Rice, Memphis and Houston Tulane vs. UCF, East Carolina and UAB
Memphis vs. Rice, Southern Miss and Houston East Carolina vs. UCF, Tulane and UAB
Houston vs. Rice, Southern Miss and Memphis UAB vs. UCF, Tulane and East Carolina
Wednesday, May 23
Game 1 (5) Memphis 14, (4) Southern Miss 3
Game 2 (1) Rice 7, (8) Houston 5
Game 3 (3) Tulane 4, (6) East Carolina 3
Thursday, May 24
Game 4 (7) UAB 15, (2) UCF 1
Game 5 (4) Southern Miss 8, (8) Houston 7 (10 Innings)br>
Game 6 (5) Memphis 3, (1) Rice 2
Friday, May 25
Game 7 (7) UAB 6, (3) Tulane 3
Game 8 (2) UCF 11, (6) East Carolina 1
Game 9 (8) Houston vs. (5) Memphis 7:00p
Saturday, May 26
Game 10 (2) UCF 6, (3) Tulane 2
Game 11 (7) East Carolina 10, (7) UAB 3
Game 12 (4) Southern Miss 4, (1) Rice 2
Sunday, May 27 (televised by CBS Sports Network)
Memphis vs. UAB 1:00p
All Times Central
Each game of the championship from Wednesday through Saturday will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com. The championship game of the tournament on Sunday, May 27 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. Regular season champion Rice is the defending tournament champion.
Tickets for the championship are available via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-BRAVES4.