SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 19-ranked Armstrong State University softball squad will be the No. 2 seed in the 2016 NCAA Division II Softball Championships and will host one of two Southeast Sub-Regionals this week, announced today by the NCAA selection committee.
The Pirates (32-15) will be making their 14th NCAA appearance in the last 16 seasons and will host third-seeded and No. 15-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne (47-11) out of the South Atlantic Conference, sixth-seeded Pfeiffer (37-15) out of Conference Carolinas and seventh-seeded USC Aiken (29-20) out of the Peach Belt Conference for the second of two Southeast Regionals. Top-seeded and No. 5-ranked North Georgia (50-6) will host the other Southeast Regional, with No. 4 seed Catawba (38-14), No. 5-seed Georgia College (39-16) and No. 8-seed Young Harris (32-18) also making the field.
Play begins on Thursday, May 5, with Lenoir-Rhyne facing Pfeiffer at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Pirates taking on USC Aiken at 3:30 p.m. The matchup for Armstrong State is a rematch of the first-round PBC Tournament meeting back on April 22nd, won by the Pacers, 5-3, in eight innings. The Pirates swept a regular season doubleheader from USC Aiken in Savannah, 8-2 and 7-0, back on April 6.
Friday, the two winners from Thursday's games will meet at 11 a.m., with the two losers from Thursday meeting in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. The loser of the first game on Friday and the winner of the second game will meet in another elimination game at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday's championship game will be at 1:00 p.m., with a game to follow if the one-loss team wins.
The winner of the sub-regional will meet the winner of Southeast Regional #1 in the NCAA Southeast Super Regional on May 11-12 at the highest remaining seed.
The winner of the NCAA Southeast Regional will advance to the 2016 NCAA DII Softball Championship finals, part of the DII Spring Sports Festival, in Denver, Colo., on May 17-21.
(From Armstrong State University Reports)