AUGUSTA, GA – Following the final game of the 2011 regular season on Monday, the Peach Belt Conference has released the eight-team double-elimination bracket from the league office in Augusta. The top four teams in each division advance to tournament play, which begins this Sunday, May 8, at historic Golden Park in Columbus, Ga.
Columbus State finished off a three-game sweep of Lander on Monday and earn the #1 seed in the west. The Cougars edged out Georgia College for the top spot and enter the postseason with a 32-15 overall record, 16-8 in conference play. CSU will take on Lander, the #4 seed in the east, in the first round on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Lander will make their first appearance in a PBC Tournament since 1998.
Georgia College slips to the #2 seed in the west following the CSU sweep. 35-15 overall and 15-9 in league action, the Bobcats have been ranked as high as #1 in the nation this season. GC will meet the #3 seed in the east UNC Pembroke, who set a school record for wins with 38 this year. The Bobcats and Braves will open the tournament at 9 am on Sunday morning.
Francis Marion is the top seed in the east division and won the PBC regular-season Championship for the first time in school history. Ranked #9 in the nation, the Patriots are 35-12 heading into Columbus, 18-6 in conference play and will meet the #4 seed in the west, Augusta State. ASU will make their second appearance in the last three years after not reaching the PBC Tournament for 11 years prior to that. ASU and FMU play on Sunday at 12:30.
Armstrong Atlantic State will be the #2 seed in the east. The Pirates return to tournament play after missing the field last year. The 2007 tournament champions, AASU is 33-15 on the season and were 14-10 in league play. The Pirates will take on North Georgia, the #3 seed in the west, in the first round. The Saints finished in a three-way tie with ASU and Georgia Southwestern at 10-14 in league play, but claim the #3 seed thanks to a sweep of GSW and taking two of three from ASU during the season. North Georgia won the 2008 PBC Tournament.
For the first time, the Peach Belt will use the NCAA World Series bracket which creates two four-team brackets with a single championship game. There is a crossover on Tuesday following the second set of elimination games. The double-elimination bracket will feature four games a day for the first three days of the tournament with start times at 9 am, 12:30 pm, 4:00 and 7:30 pm.
See the bracket here.
Visit the tournament website here.