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Empire 8 Softball Championship schedule announced
5/01/14

The Empire 8 Conference has announced seedings and the schedule for the conference championship tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, at Ithaca College.

Alfred University will take on Stevens in the opening game of the four-team double-elimination tournament at 10 a.m. Friday. The Saxons finished with a 7-5 league record and are seeded third, while Stevens posted an 8-4 conference mark to earn the second seed. Top-seeded host team Ithaca (8-4 E8 record) will take on fourth-seeded Utica (6-6 Empire 8) in the other first-round game, at noon Friday.

Alfred and Stevens split their regular-season doubleheader at Alfred on April 6. Stevens won the opener, 3-2 in eight innings; Alfred took the second game, 5-1. The Saxons and Ducks have met once before in the Empire 8 tournament, in 2012, when AU defeated Stevens, 5-4, in an elimination game.

Following is the remainder of the schedule, following first-round action:

The losers of the two first-round games will play at 2 p.m. Friday (Game 3), with the loser of that game eliminated. The winners will play at 4 p.m. Friday (Game 4).

The tournament continues Saturday, with the winner of Game 3 and the Loser of Game 4 squaring off in an 11 a.m. elimination game (Game 5). The winner of Game 5 will play the winner of Game 4 at 1 p.m. Saturday (Game 6). A winner-take-all Game 7 will be played, if necessary, on Sunday at a time to be announced.