Springfield, Mass. - May 12, 2017 - Springfield College is excited to serve as host for the 2017 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament Springfield, Mass. Regional, hosted from Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 on Potter Field.
The Pride, which is currently 32-9, earned one of 18 at-large bids into the NCAA Championship Tournament. The Pride have earned automatic qualifications into the NCAA Championship Tournament after winning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) titles in 2013, 2009, 2008 and 2000, but this marks the first at-large bid for Springfield College softball since 1999.
Springfield College will square off with Salve Regina, which earned an automatic qualification after winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with a 3-0 win over Roger Williams on Sunday, May 7. The other two teams that will compete in the pod are Amherst College, which earned an at-large bid after falling in the New England Small College Athletic Confernece (NESCAC) Championship to Williams. The Mammoths will take on UMass Boston, which earned an automatic qualification after sweeping Plymouth State in the Little East Championship this past weekend.
Game Schedule (All games will be played on Potter Field):
Saturday, May 13
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 9:00 a.m. (Box Score | Recap)
Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 - 10:30 a.m. (Box Score | Recap)
Game 5: Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3 - 12:00 p.m. (Box Score | Recap)
Scouting the Pride
Overall Record: 32-9
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2013
The Springfield College softball team will return to the national stage for the first time since 2013, as the Pride posted an overall record of 32-9 and earned one of 18 at-large bids into the NCAA Championship Tournament. Under the direction of first-year head coach Kate Bowen, Springfield College was the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings for the final two weeks of the season, as the Pride's 32 wins marks the third most in program history, and most since the maroon and white notched 33 wins in 2003. Recognized for their impressive seasons, junior Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.) was named the NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Year, while classmate Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) garnered NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Year honors. Bowen, who was named the 2017 NEWMAC Softball Coach of the Year, also had Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) and Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) earn All-Conference accolades.
Scouting the Seahawks
Overall Record: 25-11
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2016
Salve Regina earned the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) automatic qualifier into the national championship and currently sports a 25-11 overall record. After earning the top seed in the CCC Softball Championship Tournament, the Seahawks advanced through the double-elimination bracket without taking a loss. Along the way they knocked off No. 4 seed Endicott, No. 2 seed Western New England and No. 3 seed Roger Williams.
Scouting the Mammoths
Overall Record: 28-10
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2012
The Mammoths finished as the runner-up in the NESCAC Championship tournament for the first time in program history after earning a NESCAC West Division's second seed for the second straight season. Amherst owns a 5-6 overall record in the NCAA tournament and made its last appearance in 2012 when Cortland defeated the Mammoths 4-1 in the Regional Championship. Looking for its first-ever Regional title, Amherst will face UMass Boston in its first game of the tournament. This marks the fourth time in the history of the Amherst College softball program that it will be making an appearance on the national stage, as all appearances have been via at-large bids.
Scouting the Beacons
Overall Record: 28-11
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: N/A
The Beacons made history this season, claiming the program's first Little East Conference (LEC) title after winning three-straight elimination games to earn an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA tournament. Making their first appearance in the national tournament, UMass Boston won a program-best 28 games in 2017 and posted a 22-5 record away from home.