Bracket Set For 2018 American Athletic Conference Softball Championship

Published: May. 7, 2018 at 3:37 PM EDT
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – ECU (23-31, 8-13) has earned the No. 7 seed for the 2018 American Athletic Conference Softball Championship and will face No. 2 seed Houston (35-19, 13-8) Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup in Tampa, Fla.

The three-day, single-elimination tournament will be held May 10-12 at the USF Softball Stadium.

All quarterfinal and semifinal contests will be broadcast live on the American Digital Network via Facebook at Saturday’s championship will air live on ESPN2, beginning at Noon ET/11 a.m. CT. All rounds are single-elimination, with the tournament champion earning The American’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

The Pirates and Cougars met during the regular season March 23-24 in Greenville to open AAC play. ECU used a walkoff home run by redshirt senior Alex Mycek to claim the series opener 3-2 in eight innings before the Cougars rebounded with 10-7 and 11-0 victories the next day in a doubleheader.

Houston won last season’s meeting in the league tournament semifinals at the ECU Softball Stadium, downing the Pirates 6-0 behind Savannah Heebner’s complete-game shutout. ECU knocked off UCF 4-2 in the quarterfinals for its first-ever win in the event.

By claiming its final weekend series with Wichita State, USF (36-20, 14-7) enters The American Championship as the top seed for the second time in the past three seasons. The host Bulls will open tournament play at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, squaring off with No. 8 UConn (20-34, 5-16). USF dealt the Huskies a series sweep in the opening week of conference play.

In its first year as a member of The American, Wichita State (30-20, 12-9) is the No. 3 seed after earning a three-game sweep of No. 4 seed UCF (34-21, 12-9) during the conference circuit. The Shockers will open the tournament against the defending champions and No. 6 seed Tulsa (30-23, 10-11) at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, with the Knights taking on No. 5 Memphis (36-20, 10-11) at 4 p.m. ET.

For ticket information and full coverage of the American Athletic Conference Softball Championship, visit and follow @American_SBall on Twitter.

2018 American Athletic Conference Softball Championship

USF Softball Stadium – Tampa, Fla.

Quarterfinals – Thursday, May 10

American Digital Network

Game 1: No. 3 Wichita State vs. No. 6 Tulsa – 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT

Game 2: No. 2 Houston vs. No. 7 ECU – 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. CT

Game 3: No. 4 UCF vs. No. 5 Memphis – 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT

Game 4: No. 1 USF vs. No. 8 UConn – 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT

Semifinals – Friday, May 11

American Digital Network

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT

Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT

Championship – Saturday, May 12


Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 – Noon ET/11 a.m. CT