CU Softball to host Bethel in MSC Opening Round
Saturday, April 23, 2022
CU Softball to host Bethel in MSC Opening Round
Allie Burleson (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland Softball will play host to Bethel University in the Mid-South Conference Softball Tournament, announced after the completion of the regular season games Saturday evening. 

The tournament begins with a best of three series on campus sites next weekend with six teams advancing to South Warren High in Bowling Green for the remainder of the championship.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) is the tournament's top seed after winning the regular-season title. The Lions (45-3, 28-3 in the MSC) earn a direct bid to the final site.

Five opening-round series will determine the final five teams that will advance to the six-team double-elimination tournament.

Second-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) (33-14, 24-6) hosts No. 11-seed Pikeville (14-34, 3-27) in the first of five opening-round series.

Third-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) (35-14, 21-7) plays host to No. 10-seed Georgetown (Ky.) 15-29, 8-21) while fourth-seeded Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (33-14, 22-8) hosts No. 9-seed Thomas More (Ky.) (17-27, 11-20).

Fifth-seeded Tennessee Southern (23-23, 14-18) hosts No. 8-seeded Shawnee State (Ohio) 27-21, 11-20) while sixth-seeded Cumberland (Tenn.) hosts No. 7-seed Bethel (Tenn.)20-26, 12-20).

A pair of tiebreakers were administered.

Tennessee Southern and Cumberland finished with 14-18 conference marks while Shawnee State and Thomas More ended with 11-20 conference records.

Tennessee Southern earned the higher seed based on the conference's second tiebreaker -- record against MSC teams beginning with the No. 1 seed, and if still tied proceeding in descending order.

Tennessee Southern split four games with third-seeded Cumberlands while Cumberland posted a 1-3 record against Cumberlands. Tennessee Southern and Cumberland split during the season -- the first tiebreaker is head-to-head record -- and both teams suffered three losses to Freed-Hardeman while both teams did not play Campbellsville.

Shawnee State earned the higher seed over Thomas More after winning two of three games this season against the Saints.

The Opening round begins on Friday, April 29 at the campus sites. The final site runs May 5-8 in Bowling Green.