UNCG Baseball Secures Top Seed for 2024 SoCon Tournament

UNCG Baseball Secures Top Seed for 2024 SoCon Tournament

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball team will head into the 2024 Southern Conference (SoCon) Tournament as the No. 1 seed in Greenville, South Carolina, at Fluor Field.

All eight SoCon teams will participate in the tournament, with seeds five and eight participating in a single-elimination game on Wednesday, May 22, at 3 p.m., and seeds 6 and 7 playing in a second single-elimination game later on at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to the double-elimination portion of the bracket. The championship game will take place Sunday, May 26, at noon, with a second game, if necessary, beginning 40 minutes after the completion of the first contest.

UNCG (33-19, 16-5 SoCon) secured the No. 1 seed with Samford falling against Wofford, 8-5, on Friday afternoon. UNCG then won the regular season title outright on Saturday with Wofford upending Samford a second time, 8-2. The Spartans are entering the tournament as the top seed for the first time since 2018. The last time the Spartans won the tournament was in 2022, which marked their second SoCon Tournament title. UNCG leads the SoCon in ERA (5.19), fewest runs allowed (297) and lowest opponent batting average (.267). The Spartans won eight of their last 11 regular-season contests and 10 of their final 12 conference games.

By earning the top seed, UNCG gets a bye and will not compete until Friday, May 24 at 9 a.m. against either the fourth (Western Carolina), fifth (Wofford) or eighth seed (The Citadel) depending on how the tournament’s first games play out on Wednesday and Thursday. The Spartans bested the Catamounts two games to one in Cullowhee on April 12-14, won one game at Wofford on April 5 and swept The Citadel also on the road back on May 3-5.

All games will be broadcast live on ESPN+. The tournament winner earns the league’s automatic bid to a NCAA Baseball Regional.

May 22 (Wednesday)
SoCon Championship presented by Holston Gases (ESPN+)
(Fluor Field; Greenville, S.C.)
Game 1: #5 Wofford vs. #8 The Citadel, 3 p.m.
Game 2: #6 VMI vs. #7 Mercer, 7 p.m.

May 23 (Thursday)
SoCon Championship presented by Holston Gases (ESPN+)
(Fluor Field; Greenville, S.C.)
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. #4 Western Carolina, 3 p.m.
Game 4: Winner Game 2 vs. #3 ETSU, 7 p.m.

May 24 (Friday)
SoCon Championship presented by Holston Gases (ESPN+)
(Fluor Field; Greenville, S.C.)
Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. #1 UNCG, 9 a.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. #2 Samford, 12:30 p.m.
Game 7: Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 6, 7:30 p.m.

May 25 (Saturday)
SoCon Championship presented by Holston Gases (ESPN+)
(Fluor Field; Greenville, S.C.)
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 12 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 3:30 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 9, 7 p.m.

May 26 (Sunday)
SoCon Championship presented by Holston Gases (SDN)
(Fluor Field; Greenville, S.C.)
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 11, 12 p.m.
Game 13: Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser^, 40 minutes after Game 12

^ if necessary

Courtesy of Connor Wachtel
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro