BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The No. 15 Birmingham-Southern baseball team will face Bridgewater College in the opening round of the NCAA South Regional, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern in Demorest, Ga. BSC is the third seed and Bridgewater is the fourth seed; the six-team double-elimination tournament is hosted by Piedmont College.
Shenandoah College (31-9), ranked 15th by D3baseball.com and 17th by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), is the top seed in the regional and will face sixth-seeded Covenant College (26-13) on Wednesday at noon. Second-seeded Emory (29-10), ranked 24th by D3baseball.com and 30th by the ABCA, will take on fifth-seeded Rhodes College (32-15; ranked 26th by the ABCA) at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Bridgewater is 33-12 on the season and was receiving votes in the D3baseball.com poll as of last week, but is not currently ranked.
The Panthers (35-10), ranked 15th by the ABCA and 17th by D3baseball.com, have met three of their fellow regional teams already this season. They defeated Covenant twice, winning 10-3 at home and 16-10 on the road. BSC went 1-2 against Emory with a 4-1 loss at home followed by a 10-8 10-inning win and a 4-2 loss in Atlanta, and the Panthers were 4-1 against Rhodes, going 2-1 during the regular season in Memphis then defeating the Lynx twice in the title series of the Southern Athletic Association Championship in Birmingham to clinch the title last week.
A win on Wednesday night will keep the Panthers in the top half of the bracket to play again on Thursday at 7 p.m., facing the winner of the game between Emory and Rhodes. A loss on Wednesday will move BSC to the elimination side of the bracket, playing at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday against the winner of the game between Shenandoah and Covenant.
Ticket prices for reserved seating (chairbacks and covered) are $10 for adults and $7 for students and children. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. Children age 6 and under are admitted free of charge.
For more information, visit the tournament web site provided by Piedmont College.