INDIANAPOLIS – After winning its 18th Capital Athletic Conference Championship last weekend, the No. 1 Salisbury University softball team has anxiously been awaiting the announcement of where it would be placed in the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Championship bracket. After the week-long wait, the NCAA announced on Monday morning that Salisbury will be the top-seed in the Salem, Va., regional that is set to begin on Thursday, May 9.
The eight teams in the double-elimination Salem regional include host Roanoke College, Emory University, Lynchburg College, Christopher Newport University, Piedmont College, Neumann University and Penn State University-Altoona.
Salisbury (35-2) will be making their 18th NCAA appearance and will battle eighth-seed Penn State Altoona (27-10) on Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. This is the first time that the Lions and Sea Gulls will take the field together. Penn State Altoona received an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, winning its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship on Sunday, May 5.
SU will then play either fifth-seed Roanoke or fourth-seeded Christopher Newport on Friday, May 10. The Maroons and Captains will square off at noon on Thursday.
Other first-round action includes No. 3 Lynchburg (32-11) taking on No. 6 Piedmont (31-8) at 2 p.m., with No. 2 Emory (39-3) and No. 7 Neumann (20-14) wrapping up the first day of play with a 4 p.m., contest.
The field of eight in Salem, Va., are joined by 54 other institutions that will be traveling to other regional sites that include: Trine University, Babson College, Ithaca College, Montclair State Univeristy, Central (Iowa) University, University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The national championship round will be held May 17-21 in Eau Claire, Wis., at Carson Park.
To view the regional bracket, click here.