The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2022 Softball Championship bracket Saturday evening and App State received the sixth seed after posting a 10-15 record in league play during the regular season.
The Mountaineers open the tournament on Wednesday, May 11, taking on the third-seeded Texas State Bobcats. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. CT in Mobile, Ala. During the regular season, App State took the series in Texas, falling in the first game 5-0 before reeling off a 3-2 win in the second game and 4-1 victory in the series finale.
Regular season champions Louisiana (41-11, 23-4 Sun Belt) claimed the top seed followed by tournament host South Alabama as the second seed. Texas State grabbed the third spot while Troy was fourth and UT Arlington fifth. No. 7 seed Georgia State, No. 8 seed ULM, No. 9 seed Coastal Carolina and No. 10 seed Georgia Southern round out the bottom four teams.
All 10 softball teams will participate in this year’s tournament vying for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The conference’s bottom-four seeds face off in a single-elimination round on Tuesday, May 10. Four games will be played on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The winner of the morning game on Saturday, will play in the title game later that afternoon.
All 16 games will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and will be available online and the ESPN app. Noah Frary and Alex Powers will be calling all the action and live statistics will be available on SunBeltSports.org.
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Tickets are on sale now and prices start at just $7. For more information on ticketing and seating options, visit the Sun Belt Softball Championship Central webpage.
Tuesday, May 10
Game 1 – No. 8 ULM vs. No. 9 Coastal Carolina (ESPN+), 10:00 a.m.
Game 2 – No. 7 Georgia State vs. No. 10 Georgia Southern (ESPN+), 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 11
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. No. 1 Louisiana (ESPN+), 10:00 a.m.
Game 4 – No. 4 Troy vs. No. 5 UT Arlington (ESPN+), 1:00 p.m.
Game 5 – No. 3 Texas State vs. No. 6 App State (ESPN+), 4:00 p.m.
Game 6 – Game 2 Winner vs. No. 2 South Alabama (ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12
Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 (ESPN+), 10:00 a.m.
Game 8 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (ESPN+), 1:00 p.m.
Game 9 – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 5 (ESPN+), 4:00 p.m.
Game 10 – Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6 (ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Game 11 – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (ESPN+), 10:00 a.m.
Game 12 – Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 (ESPN+), 1:00 p.m.
Game 13 – Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10 (ESPN+), 4:00 p.m.
Game 14 – Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13 (ESPN+), 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
Game 15 – Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 14 (ESPN+), 11:00 a.m.
Championship Game – Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 15 (ESPN+), 2:30 p.m.
All times are Central and subject to change.