South Atlantic Conference ROCK HILL, S.C. --- The Tusculum College softball team will be the No. 7 seed in this week's Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The Pioneers will face No. 2 seed and tournament host Lenoir-Rhyne University on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Hickory, N.C.

The winner of the Tusculum/Lenoir-Rhyne matchup will advance to the second round of the eight-team, double elimination format and face the winner of the Carson-Newman/Mars Hill tilt on Friday at 11 a.m. This marks the third time the Pioneers and Bears have met in the SAC Tournament. Lenoir-Rhyne has won each of the previous two postseason meetings.

The winner of the Food Lion SAC Tournament will earn the league's automatic berth to next month's NCAA Division II Tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne won both regular season meetings between the two teams, and holds a 27-3 all-time record against the Pioneers.

All tournament tickets will be available at the gate for $12 for adults and $6 for students and children. Daily ticket prices are $6 for adults and $3 for students and children.

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2009 Food Lion SAC Softball Tournament
Thursday, April 23, 2009 • First Round
At Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
Game 1: No. 5 Catawba vs. No. 4 Newberry, 10 am
Game 2: No. 6 Carson-Newman vs. No. 3 Mars Hill, 12:15 am
Game 3: No. 7 Tusculum vs. No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne, 2:30 pm
Game 4: No. 8 Brevard vs. No. 1 Wingate, 4:45 pm

Friday, April 24, 2009 • Quarterfinals
At Hickory High School, Hickory, NC
Game 5: Carson-Newman/Mars Hill loser vs. Tusculum/Lenoir-Rhyne loser, 11 am
Game 6: Catawba/Newberry loser vs. Brevard/Wingate loser, 1:30 pm
At Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
Game 7: Carson-Newman/Mars Hill winner vs. Tusculum/Lenoir-Rhyne winner, 11 am
Game 8: Newberry/Catawba winner vs. Wingate/Brevard winner, 1:30 pm
Game 9: Game 8 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 4 pm
Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 6:30 pm

Saturday, April 25,2009 • Semifinals
At Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, Noon
Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 2:30 pm
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 5 pm

Sunday, April 26, 2009 • Finals
At Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
Championship Game 14: Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 1 pm
Game 15 (if necessary), Game 14 winner vs. Game 14 loser, 3:30 pm