May 8, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
TULSA, Okla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF softball team is excited and ready for the 2013 Conference USA Softball Championship, which runs Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11 at the Collins Family Softball Complex on the University of Tulsa campus.
No. 6 seed UCF will open the tournament against No. 3 seed and host Tulsa at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Knights' fans can listen to all of the action live on UCF All-Access with the voice of UCF softball, Eric Lopez on the call. Fans can also follow all of the action on UCFAthletics.com's Gametracker as well as www.twitter.com/UCF_Softball.
The single elimination tournament begins at 11 a.m. Thursday when No. 2 Houston takes on No. 7 Memphis, followed by Tulsa and UCF at 1:30 p.m. No. 1 UAB and No. 8 Southern Miss play at 4:30 p.m., and No. 4 Marshall and No. 5 East Carolina play the nightcap at 7 p.m.
The semifinals take place on Friday, pairing the winners of Houston-Memphis and Tulsa-UCF at 2 p.m., and the winners of UAB-Southern Miss and Marshall-East Carolina at 4:30 p.m. The championship game will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network.
The Knights ended the regular season by winning six of its last seven games to improve its record to 29-24 overall and 10-14 in C-USA play. The Black and Gold are coming off a three-game league sweep of ECU that ensured a second-consecutive winning season under head coach Renee Luers Gillispie. UCF played a three-game series against Tulsa onMarch 29-30 in Oklahoma with the Golden Hurricane winning all three games by scores of 6-2, 8-1 and 7-0.
UCF fans that are planning on attending Thursday's action and beyond can purchase all-session tickets for $20 (adult) and $10 (youth). Single session tickets are available for $10 (adult) and $5 (youth). Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more for $3/ticket, and must be purchased in advance.
C-USA Softball Championship Schedule
Thursday, May 9
Game 1: (2) Houston vs. (7) Memphis - Noon. ET
Game 2: (3) Tulsa vs. (6) UCF - 2:30 p.m. ET
Game 3: (1) UAB vs. (8) Southern Miss - 5:30 p.m. ET
Game 4: (4) Marshall vs. (5) East Carolina - 8 p.m. ET
Friday, May 10
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 3 p.m. ET
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner - 5:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 11
Championship Game - Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)