Butler To Face Green Bay In Horizon League Tournament

May 5, 2008

Butler will end a 10-day layoff when it faces #6 seed Green Bay in the opening game of the 2008 Horizon League Softball Championship at Loyola Softball Park in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday, May 8. The Bulldogs (16-27, 5-12 Horizon League) enter the double-elimination tournament as the No. 7 seed.

Cleveland State claimed the Horizon League regular season championship and earned a first-round bye as the No 1 seed in the tournament. The winner of the 9 a.m. (CT) Butler-Green Bay game will face the Vikings at 4 p.m.

Other first round games will match No. 5 seed UIC against No. 8 seed Youngstown State at 11 a.m., and No. 4 seed Loyola against No. 9 seed Detroit at 1 p.m. No. 2 seed Valparaiso and No. 3 seed Wright State each received a first round bye.

The Bulldogs, who placed fourth at the Horizon League Championship a year ago, closed the regular season with a doubleheader at Green Bay on April 27. The Phoenix won both games of that twinbill, 3-2 and 4-2. Butler was idle all of last week for final exams.

The Horizon League Championship will continue on Friday and Saturday. The championship game is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday. If the team with one loss wins the Saturday title game, a second and final championship contest will be played on Sunday at 9 a.m. Wright State is the defending team champion.

2008 Horizon League Softball Championship

Thursday, May 8
Game 1: #6 Green Bay vs. #7 Butler, 9 a.m.
Game 2: #5 UIC vs. #8 Youngstown State, 11 a.m.
Game 3: #4 Loyola vs. #9 Detroit 1 p.m.
Game 4: #1 Cleveland State vs. Game 1 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 5: #2 Valparaiso vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 6: #3 Wright State vs. Game 3 winner, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 9
Game 7: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 9 a.m.
Game 8: Game 4 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 11 a.m.
Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 10: Game 6 loser vs. Game 7 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 11: Game 8 winner vs. Game 5 loser, 6 p.m.
Game 12: Game 4 winner vs. Game 9 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 10
Game 13: Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 9 a.m.
Game 14: Game 9 loser vs. Game 13 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 15: Game 14 loser vs. Game 12 loser, 2 p.m.
Game 16: Game 12 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 11 (if necessary)
Game 17: Game 16 winner vs. Game 16 loser, 9 a.m.

All times Central.