2011 BIG EAST Softball Championship Field Set

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The 2011 BIG EAST softball championship field has been set with Notre Dame capturing the No. 1 seed. The Irish (44-8, 19-1 BIG EAST) won the regular-season title for the 13th time in school history. Notre Dame enters the tournament riding a 13-game winning streak with its last loss coming April 17 against Louisville.
 
DePaul (38-12, 19-2 BIG EAST) earned the No. 2 seed and holds a 8-4 mark in BIG EAST Championship play, winning the tournament in 2008.
 
Syracuse (41-11, 15-5 BIG EAST) is the No. 3 and is the defending champion following last year's historic title run. The Orange won three games in three days and earned their first BIG EAST Championship crown.
 
USF (33-20, 13-5 BIG EAST) earned the No. 4 seed. Host Louisville (34-17, 12-7 BIG EAST) is the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed USF in Game 4 at 6:30 p.m. on May 12.
 
Pittsburgh (34-16, 13-8 BIG EAST) is the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed Syracuse in Game 1 at 10 a.m. on May 12.
 
Rutgers (19-29, 7-12 BIG EAST) is the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 2 seed DePaul in Game 2 at 12:30 p.m. on May 12.
 
Providence (23-29, 7-13 BIG EAST) grabbed the No. 8 seed and squares off with No. 1 seed Notre Dame in Game 3 at 4 p.m. on May 12.
 
The 2011 Softball Championship is an eight-team, single-elimination tournament. This year's championship will be held at Ulmer Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville. The Championship runs from May 12-14. The first round and semifinals will be streamed live on the BIG EAST's Championship Central site, while the championship game on May 14 at 5 p.m. will be televised live on ESPN2.
 
FIRST ROUND - THURSDAY MAY 12, 2011
GAME 1 - NO. 3 SEED Syracuse vs. NO. 6 SEED Pittsburgh        10:00 AM
GAME 2 - NO. 2 SEED DePaul vs. NO. 7 SEED Rutgers               12:30 PM
GAME 3 - NO. 4 SEED USF vs. NO. 5 SEED Louisville                 6:30 PM
GAME 4 - NO. 1 SEED Notre Dame vs. NO. 8 SEED Providence   4:00 PM
 
SEMIFINALS - FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
GAME 5 - GAME 1 WINNER vs. GAME 2 WINNER                       2:30 PM
GAME 6 - GAME 3 WINNER vs. GAME 4 WINNER                       5:00 PM
 
CHAMPIONSHIP- SATURDAY MAY 14, 2011
GAME 7 - GAME 5 vs. 6 WINNER - (ESPN2)                            5:00 PM