Winthrop Eagles play in Big South tournament’s second game Saturday

05/23/2014 11:04 PM

05/24/2014 8:17 AM

Winthrop plays the winner of Liberty-Radford on Saturday, 45 minutes after the conclusion of the 10 a.m. game.

The Herald reported on Friday that the Eagles played in the 10 a.m. game but that was derived from an older bracket. The Big South flipped the bracket Thursday night, a move pre-approved before the tournament by the league’s coaches to keep teams from playing each other three times in a week. It’s the same kind of tournament bracket that the SEC uses.

Winthrop took two out of three games from Radford back in early April, winning the first two in Rock Hill 6-0 and 7-4, before dropping the Sunday contest 1-0. The Eagles didn’t play the Big South’s No. 1 seed, Liberty, during the regular season.

High Point’s surprise 9-0 win over the Flames on Thursday evening sent Liberty into the loser’s bracket. Following wins over Charleston Southern on Tuesday and Coastal Carolina on Thursday, Winthrop still has yet to lose in the tournament. A win Saturday against Liberty or Radford would push the Eagles into Sunday’s championship game. Either of those two teams would have to beat the Eagles twice to reach the final.

High Point is also 2-0 in the tournament and would need to beat Campbell or Coastal Carolina just once to advance to Sunday’s championship game. High Point swept Winthrop during three games in mid-April.

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