April 22, 2014
CHICAGO – BIG EAST preseason favorite DePaul will serve as host of the 2014 BIG EAST Softball Championship, set for May 9-10 at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Tickets to see the four-team field battle for the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament are available for purchase now.
Ticket prices per day are $5 (Age 13 and Over) and free admission is available for those 12 and under. BIG EAST students can also receive complimentary game tickets by showing a valid school I.D. at the box office. To reserve tickets in advance, call the DePaul University Ticket Office at (773) 325-SLAM (7526). Tickets will also be available on game days at The Ballpark at Rosemont box office.
Teams that finish in the top four in the BIG EAST regular-season standings, based on winning percentage, will qualify for the conference tournament. At 13-0 in league play, the host Blue Demons have already clinched a spot in the field. DePaul has qualified for the BIG EAST Championship every year it has been a member of the league and has advanced to at least the semifinal round all eight seasons, winning its lone league crown in 2008.
Conference newcomers Butler and Creighton will look to earn a bid in the first season of BIG EAST play, while conference mainstays Georgetown, DePaul, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova have combined for 49 appearances and four conference titles.
Semifinal games, which will air live on FOX Sports 2, are set for 2 p.m. (ET) and 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, May 9. The semifinal winners will advance to the final on Saturday, May 10, which will air on FOX Sports 1. First pitch of the BIG EAST title game is set for Noon (ET). For more on the BIG EAST Softball Championship, visit Championship Central.