Softball teams allowed to use in-game video next season

Starting next season, softball teams will be able to review video and access information entered into electronic equipment during competition.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the proposal from the NCAA Softball Rules Committee on Thursday. The new rule allows in-game use of video and statistical technology in the dugouts and other team areas as long as the equipment is not brought onto the playing field during an inning or used to review or challenge an umpire’s decision.

Additionally, tournament hosts will be allowed to film and stream all games within their tournament, not just those in which they are participants.

“The move to allow more freedom with the use of technology in the dugout is really consistent with the culture,” said Susan Cassidy-Lyke, chair of the Softball Rules Committee and athletics director and softball coach at Molloy College. “The sophistication of today’s technology and the expertise of the users simply make it a valuable strategic asset. Allowing access to the information will enhance the game while eliminating the burden of enforcement.”

The panel approved a proposal prohibiting players from wearing batting helmets that have highly reflective or mirror-like chrome finishes. The Softball Rules Committee believes these types of batting helmets are distracting to the defense because of the reflection of light.

Other softball rules proposals approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel include:

• A defensive player cannot block a base without having possession of the ball or being in the act of catching a thrown ball.

• Dugouts must have protective netting or fencing extending at least 6 feet from the floor; this rule will be a requirement in 2018.

• Foul poles should be a single color and extend at least 10 feet, but preferably 20 feet, from the ground. However, in 2018, foul poles on a team’s campus playing field will be required to extend at least 10 feet and be painted either white or optic orange.

• When teams are playing on a non-regulation field such as in a dome or multi-use facility due to weather constraints, the home run fence must be a minimum of 190 feet down the lines and 220 feet to center field with a 6-foot-high fence. The home run fence can also be 210 feet down the lines and 230 feet to center with a 4-foot-high fence. If the fences are shorter, a batter hitting a fair ball clearing the fence will be awarded only a ground-rule double.

• A runner’s lane will no longer be required to be painted on the field between home plate and first base.

• Players cannot use a bat with a barrel that is yellow or non-contrasting to the ball.

• A “no pitch” will be called if a batter is hit by a pitch while being out of the front of the batter’s box.

• If a pitch is intentionally thrown at an umpire, the pitcher, catcher and head coach of that team are immediately ejected. In addition, the coach will be suspended from the institution’s next two games.

• Base runners are prohibited from sliding out of the baseline directly into a fielder. In these instances, the base runner will be declared out.

• Coaches and players may not question the strike zone or any call based purely on the umpire’s judgment. Questioning will result in a warning, and any subsequent violations can result in ejection.

Additionally, one rule passed in 2011 will be a requirement in 2016: Backstops made of wood, cement or brick must be padded.

Former Ferrum coach is new NCAA secretary-rules editor for softball

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Former Ferrum College coach Vickie Van Kleeck began her role as the NCAA secretary-rules editor for softball Tuesday.

Van Kleeck, who will serve a four-year term, retired from coaching after the 2015 season. In 24 seasons at Ferrum, she posted a 531-427-1 record.

Van Kleeck led Ferrum to the NCAA Division III tournament in 2002, 2005 and 2012. Her duties at the school also include serving as senior woman administrator. She provides leadership for Ferrum’s eight women’s varsity sports as well as the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Van Kleeck has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and two master’s degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in counseling (1979) and athletic administration (1986). She was a member of the NCAA Softball Rules Committee from 2008-13.

“I have a great passion for the game, and I was on the rules committee for five years,” Van Kleeck said. “And that renewed my interest in this aspect of the sport. Before I coached, I was an umpire. So I’ve been on both sides.”

Van Kleeck succeeds Dee Abrahamson as the NCAA secretary-rules editor for softball.

This ‘dust devil’ interrupting a softball game is one of the strangest sports highlights ever

This is one of the strangest things at a softball game – or anywhere – we are ever likely to see.

During a doubleheader Saturday between the Lynchburg Hornets and Bridgewater Eagles, the teams had to dodge what looks like a dust tornado that popped up out of nowhere in the top of the second inning at Moon Field.

This is real and is called a dust devil, which commonly occur in dry places, such as the desert. Here’s Lynchburg weather anchor Will Stafford explaining the science behind the dust devil:

Lynchburg fans in Virginia probably aren’t used to seeing those quite often. The players appeared to have handled it well though and play eventually continued as Lynchburg swept Bridgewater in the DIII doubleheader, 10-0 and 9-1.

Division III Softball Championship Field Announced

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 62 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship.

The regional round will be held May 13-15. Four teams will compete at 14 regional sites and three teams will compete at two regional sites. The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 20 and 21. The finals, hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the City of Salem, will be held May 26-31 at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. All rounds will use a double-elimination format.

Forty-three conferences received automatic qualification (Pool A). One institution was selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The 18 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining institutions in Pool B.

The conferences and teams that received automatic qualification were:

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Penn State-Behrend
American Southwest Conference East Texas Baptist
Capital Athletic Conference Salisbury
Centennial Conference Haverford
City University of New York Athletic Conference Staten Island
Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Wheaton (Illinois)
Colonial States Athletic Conference Neumann
Commonwealth Coast Conference Salve Regina
Empire 8 Ithaca
Great Northeast Athletic Conference Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island)
Great South Athletic Conference Agnes Scott
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Hanover
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Luther
Landmark Conference Moravian
Liberty League Rochester
Little East Conference Western Connecticut State
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Worcester State
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma
Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Messiah
Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Manhattanville
Midwest Conference Lake Forest
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference St. Thomas (Minnesota)
New England Collegiate Conference Becker
New England Small College Athletic Conference Williams
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference WPI
New Jersey Athletic Conference Rowan
North Atlantic Conference Castleton
North Coast Athletic Conference Wittenberg
North Eastern Athletic Conference Keuka
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Benedictine (Illinois)
Northwest Conference Linfield
Ohio Athletic Conference Heidelberg
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Virginia Wesleyan
Presidents’ Athletic Conference St. Vincent
Skyline Conference Mount Saint Mary (New York)
Southern Athletic Association Berry
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Greenville
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Texas Lutheran
State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNY Cortland
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Wisconsin-Superior
USA South Athletic Conference Ferrum
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wisconsin-Whitewater

The institution selected from Pool B was: Emory

The 18 institutions selected from Pool C were:

Aurora

Birmingham-Southern

Chicago

Christopher Newport

DePauw

George Fox

Illinois Wesleyan

MIT

Piedmont

St. Catherine

St. John Fisher

Simpson

Texas-Tyler

The College of New Jersey

Trine

Tufts

Washington U. in St. Louis

Whitworth

REGIONAL SITES AND HOST INSTITUTIONS (16):

Alma, Michigan – Alma

*Angola, Indiana – Trine

Bloomington, Illinois – Illinois Wesleyan

Cortland, New York – SUNY Cortland

Decorah, Iowa – Luther

Ewing, New Jersey – The College of New Jersey

Ithaca, New York – Ithaca

Lake Forest, Illinois – Lake Forest

Medford, Massachusetts – Tufts

Mount Berry, Georgia – Berry

Newport News, Virginia – Christopher Newport

Norfolk, Virginia – Virginia Wesleyan

Rochester, New York – St. John Fisher

Spokane, Washington – Whitworth

Tyler, Texas – Texas-Tyler

Williamstown, Massachusetts – Williams

* The regional site at Angola, Indiana, will be conducted Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14.

In 2015, Tufts defeated Texas-Tyler twice in the championship series to win its third consecutive NCAA softball championship. Tufts finished the season with a 51-0 record.

2016 Division III Softball Regionals

The 2016 Division III Softball Championship is set with 16 regionals in play. The championship will use a format that includes a super regional round of competition. The regional round will be held May 12-15. Four teams will compete at 14 regional sites and three teams will compete at two regional sites. The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 20 and 21. The finals, hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the City of Salem, will be held May 26-31 at Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. All rounds will use a double-elimination format. Check back often for results and matchups.

Regional Bracket: Printable

ALMA REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Alma Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 1 p.m. No. 2 Wittenberg vs. No. 3 Heidelberg Heidelberg, 4-2
2 May 13, 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Alma vs. No. 4 Benedictine Benedictine, 2-1
3 May 14, 1 p.m. No. 3 Heidelberg vs. No. 4 Benedictine Heidelberg, 8-0 (5)
4 May 14, 3 p.m. No. 2 Wittenberg vs. No. 1 Alma Alma, 9-2
5 May 14, 5 p.m. No. 1 Alma vs. No. 4 Benedictine Benedictine, 6-0
6 May 15, noon No. 3 Heidelberg vs. No. 4 Benedictine Benedictine, 2-1
7 May 15, 2:30 p.m. No. 3 Heidelberg vs. No. 4 Benedictine Benedictine, 13-3 (6)
ANGOLA REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Trine Watch/Live Stats
1 May 12, 1 p.m. No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Wheaton (Ill.) Wheaton, 7-1
2 May 12, 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Trine vs. Greenville Trine, 5-3
3 May 13, 11 a.m. Wheaton (Ill.) vs. No. 1 Trine Trine, 3-0
4 May 13, 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Chicago vs. Greenville Chicago, 7-6
5 May 13, 4 p.m. No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Wheaton (Ill.) Chicago, 1-0
6 May 14, noon No. 1 Trine vs. No. 2 Chicago Trine, 15-3 (5)
BLOOMINGTON REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Illinois Wesleyan Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, noon No. 2 DePauw vs. No. 3 Washington-St. Louis Wash. U., 2-1
2 May 13, 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Illinois Wesleyan vs. No. 4 Hanover Ill. Wesleyan, 7-2
3 May 14, noon No. 3 Washington-St. Louis vs. No. 1 Illinois Wesleyan Ill. Wesleyan, 3-1
4 May 14, 2:30 p.m. No. 2 DePauw vs. No. 4 Hanover DePauw, 2-0
5 May 14, 5 p.m. No. 2 DePauw vs. No. 3 Washington-St. Louis DePauw, 5-2
6 May 15, 1 p.m. No. 1 Illinois Wesleyan vs. No. 2 DePauw Ill. Wesleyan, 3-0
CORTLAND REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: SUNY Cortland Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 3 p.m. No. 2 SUNY Cortland vs. No. 3 Keuka Cortland, 7-3
2 May 13, 5 p.m. No. 1 Rowan vs. No. 4 Castleton Rowan, 4-2
3 May 14, 11 a.m. No. 2 SUNY Cortland vs. No. 1 Rowan Rowan, 1-0
4 May 14, 1:30 p.m. No. 3 Keuka vs. No. 4 Castleton Castleton, 9-1
5 May 14, 4 p.m. No. 4 Castleton vs. No. 2 SUNY Cortland Cortland, 10-2 (6)
6 May 15, noon No. 1 Rowan vs. No. 2 SUNY Cortland Cortland, 13-12
7 May 15, 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Rowan vs. No. 2 SUNY Cortland Rowan, 7-3
DECORAH REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Luther Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 10 a.m. No. 2 St. Catherine vs. No. 3 Simpson St. Catherine, 1-0
2 May 13, noon No. 1 Luther vs. No. 4 Wisconsin-Superior Luther, 8-0 (6)
3 May 14, noon No. 2 St. Catherine vs. No. 1 Luther Luther, 6-4
4 May 14, 2:30 p.m. No. 3 Simpson vs. No. 4 Wisconsin-Superior Simpson, 5-0
5 May 14, 5 p.m. No. 3 Simpson vs. No. 2 St. Catherine St. Catherine, 8-3
6 May 15, 1 p.m. No. 1 Luther vs. No. 2 St. Catherine St. Catherine, 3-0
7 May 15, 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Luther vs. No. 2 St. Catherine Luther, 3-1
EWING REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: TCNJ Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 11 a.m. No. 2 Manhattanville vs. No. 3 Neumann Manhattanville, 9-0
2 May 13, 1:30 p.m. No. 1 TCNJ vs. No. 4 Staten Island TCNJ, 1-0
3 May 14, 10 a.m. No. 2 Manhattanville vs. No. 1 TCNJ TCNJ, 5-4
4 May 14, 12:30 p.m. No. 3 Neumann vs. No. 4 Staten Island Staten Island, 3-2
5 May 14, 3 p.m. No. 4 Staten Island vs. No. 2 Manhattanville Manhattanville, 3-2
6 May 15, noon No. 1 TCNJ vs. No. 2 Manhattanville Manhattanville, 5-0
7 May 15, 2:30 p.m. No. 1 TCNJ vs. No. 2 Manhattanville Manhattanville, 1-0
ITHACA REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Ithaca Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 3 p.m. No. 2 Moravian vs. No. 3 Worcester State Moravian, 9-1 (5)
2 May 13, 5 p.m. No. 1 Ithaca vs. No. 4 Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) Ithaca, 1-0
3 May 14, 11 a.m. No. 2 Moravian vs. No. 1 Ithaca Ithaca, 8-0 (5)
4 May 14, 12:30 p.m. No. 3 Worcester State vs. No. 4 Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) Mount St. Mary, 3-2
5 May 14, 3 p.m. No. 4 Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) vs. No. 2 Moravian Moravian, 13-8
6 May 15, noon No. 1 Ithaca vs. No. 2 Moravian Ithaca, 3-2 (9)
LAKE FOREST REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Lake Forest Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, noon No. 2 Lake Forest vs. No. 3 Aurora Lake Forest, 1-0
2 May 13, 2:30 p.m. No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater St. Thomas, 3-2
3 May 14, 1 p.m. No. 2 Lake Forest vs. St. Thomas (Minn.) St. Thomas, 3-0
4 May 14, 3:30 p.m. No. 3 Aurora vs. No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater W. Whitewater, 4-2
5 May 14, 6 p.m. No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. No. 2 Lake Forest Lake Forest, 8-0 (5)
6 May 15, 2 p.m. No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) vs. No. 2 Lake Forest St. Thomas, 2-0
MEDFORD REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Tufts Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 11 a.m. No. 2 Tufts vs. No. 3 Becker Tufts, 2-0
2 May 13, 1:30 p.m. No. 1 WPI vs. No. 4 Salve Regina WPI, 4-3
3 May 14, 11 a.m. No. 2 Tufts vs. No. 1 WPI WPI, 3-2 (8)
4 May 14, 1:30 p.m. No. 3 Becker vs. No. 4 Salve Regina Salve Regina, 5-0
5 May 14, 4 p.m. No. 4 Salve Regina vs. No. 2 Tufts Tufts, 4-1
6 May 15, noon No. 1 WPI vs. No. 2 Tufts WPI, 4-2
MOUNT BERRY REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Berry Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 1 p.m. No. 2 Birmingham-Southern vs. No. 3 Emory Emory, 3-1
2 May 13, 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Berry vs. No. 4 Piedmont Berry, 8-0
3 May 14, 11 a.m. No. 3 Emory vs. No. 1 Berry Emory, 5-2
4 May 14, 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Birmingham-Southern vs. No. 4 Piedmont Birmingham-Southern, 6-4
5 May 14, 4 p.m. No. 2 Birmingham-Southern vs. No. 1 Berry Berry, 6-5 (10)
6 May 15, noon No. 3 Emory vs. No. 1 Berry Berry, 5-1
7 May 15, 2:30 p.m. No. 3 Emory vs. No. 1 Berry Emory, 5-4
NEWPORT NEWS REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Christopher Newport Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 10 a.m. No. 1 Messiah vs. No. 3 Ferrum Messiah, 5-4
2 May 13, 12:30 p.m. No. 2 Christopher Newport vs. No. 3 Ferrum C. Newport, 3-0
3 May 14, 2 p.m. No. 1 Messiah vs. No. 2 Chris. Newport Messiah, 6-1
4 May 14, 4:30 p.m. No. 1 Messiah vs. No. 2 Chris. Newport Messiah, 5-4
NORFOLK REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Virginia Wesleyan Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 1 p.m. No. 2 Salisbury vs. No. 3 Haverford Haverford, 1-0
2 May 13 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan vs. No. 4 Saint Vincent Saint Vincent, 2-0
3 May 14, 11 a.m. No. 3 Haverford vs. No. 4 Saint Vincent Haverford, 1-0
4 May 14, 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Salisbury vs. No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan Salisbury, 2-1
5 May 14, 4 p.m. No. 2 Salisbury vs. No. 4 Saint Vincent Salisbury, 5-0
6 May 15, noon No. 3 Haverford vs. No. 2 Salisbury Salisbury, 5-0
7 May 15, 2:30 p.m. No. 3 Haverford vs. No. 2 Salisbury Haverford, 7-6
ROCHESTER REGIONAL
GAME DATE MATCHUP RESULT
Host: St. John Fisher Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13 No. 1 St. John Fisher vs. No. 3 Penn State-Behrend St. John Fisher, 3-0
2 May 13 No. 2 Rochester (N.Y.) vs. No. 3 Penn State-Behrend Rochester, 8-0 (5)
3 May 14, 11:30 a.m. No. 1 St. John Fisher vs. No. 2 Rochester (N.Y.) St. John Fisher, 2-1
4 May 14, 1:30 p.m. No. 1 St. John Fisher vs. No. 2 Rochester (N.Y.) St. John Fisher, 3-2
SPOKANE REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Whitworth Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 4 p.m. No. 2 Whitworth vs. No. 3 Linfield Linfield, 6-0
2 May 13, 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. No. 4 George Fox George Fox, 5-2
3 May 14, 2 p.m. No. 3 Linfield vs. No. 4 George Fox Linfield, 5-4
4 May 14, 4:30 p.m. No. 2 Whitworth vs. No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont-M-S, 3-0
5 May 14, 7 p.m. No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. No. 4 George Fox Claremont-M-S, 3-1
6 May 15, 3 p.m. No. 3 Linfield vs. No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Claremont-M-S, 3-0
7 May 15, 5:30 p.m. No. 3 Linfield vs. No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Linfield, 6-5
TYLER REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Texas-Tyler Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, 2 p.m. No. 2 Texas Lutheran vs. No. 3 East Texas Baptist ETBU, 11-0
2 May 13, 5 p.m. No. 1 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 4 Agnes Scott Texas-Tyler, 8-0
3 May 14, noon No. 3 East Texas Baptist vs. No. 1 Texas-Tyler Texas-Tyler, 8-6
4 May 14, 3 p.m. No. 2 Texas Lutheran vs. No. 4 Agnes Scott Texas Lutheran, 9-0
5 May 14, 6 p.m. No. 2 Texas Lutheran vs. No. 3 East Texas Baptist Texas Lutheran, 12-9
6 May 15, 1 p.m. No. 1 Texas-Tyler vs. No. 2 Texas Lutheran Texas-Tyler, 7-2
WILLIAMSTOWN REGIONAL
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Williams Watch/Live Stats
1 May 13, noon No. 2 MIT vs. No. 3 Western Connecticut State MIT, 7-2
2 May 13, 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Williams vs. No. 4 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) John. & Wales, 9-0
3 May 14, 11 a.m. No. 2 MIT vs. No. 4 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) MIT, 5-0
4 May 14, 1:30 p.m. No. 3 Western Connecticut State vs. No. 1 Williams Williams, 9-0
5 May 14, 4 p.m. No. 1 Williams vs. No. 4 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) Williams, 6-1
6 May 15, noon No. 3 MIT vs. No. 1 Williams Williams, 4-1
7 May 15, 2:30 p.m. No. 3 MIT vs. No. 1 Williams MIT, 5-3

2016 Division III Softball Super Regionals

A total of 16 teams have advanced to the Division III Super Regional round after winning their respective Regionals. The eight super regions are set to take place May 20-21 to determine which eight teams will advance to Salem. Follow all the action to see which teams will win the best 2-of-3 series.

Regional results

ANGOLA SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Trine Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 4 p.m. Trine vs. St. Thomas (Minn.) St. Thomas, 9-5
2 May 21, 1 p.m. Trine vs. St. Thomas (Minn.) St. Thomas, 2-1


ATLANTA SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Emory Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 1 p.m. Emory vs. Benedictine (Ill.) Emory, 2-1
2 May 21, 1 p.m. Emory vs. Benedictine (Ill.) Benedictine (Ill.), 1-0
3 May 21, 3:30 p.m. Emory vs. Benedictine (Ill.) Emory, 1-0


DECORAH SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Luther Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 5 p.m. Luther vs. Illinois Wesleyan Luther, 4-0
2 May 21, 2:30 p.m. Luther vs. Illinois Wesleyan Illinois Wesleyan, 8-7
3 May 21, 5 p.m. Luther vs. Illinois Wesleyan Illinois Wesleyan, 3-0


ITHACA SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Ithaca Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 4 p.m. Ithaca vs. Rowan Rowan, 1-0
2 May 21, 1 p.m. Ithaca vs. Rowan Rowan, 4-0


MECHANICSBURG SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Messiah Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 3 p.m. Messiah vs. Haverford Messiah, 4-1
2 May 21, 12 p.m. Messiah vs. Haverford Haverford, 6-5
3 May 21, 2:30 p.m. Messiah vs. Haverford Messiah, 3-1


ROCHESTER SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: St. John Fisher Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 1 p.m. St. John Fisher vs. Manhattanville St. John Fisher, 2-1
2 May 21, 1 p.m. St. John Fisher vs. Manhattanville St. John Fisher, 9-2


TYLER SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Texas-Tyler Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 4 p.m. Texas-Tyler vs. Linfield Texas-Tyler, 9-1
2 May 21, 1 p.m. Texas-Tyler vs. Linfield Texas-Tyler, 2-0


WORCESTER SUPER REGION

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: WPI Watch/Live Stats
1 May 20, 4 p.m. WPI vs. MIT MIT, 1-0
2 May 21, 1 p.m. WPI vs. MIT MIT, 2-1

2017 NCAA Division III Softball Championship selections

INDIANAPOLIS —The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 62 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship.

The regional round will be held May 12-14. Four teams will compete at 14 regional sites and three teams will compete at two regional sites. The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 19 and 20. The finals, hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association, will be held May 25-30 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. All rounds will use a doubleelimination format.

2017 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Bracket

Forty-two conferences received an automatic qualification (Pool A). One institution was selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The 19 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining institutions in Pool B.

The conferences and teams that received automatic qualification were:

Conference Team
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Penn State-Behrend
American Southwest Conference Texas-Dallas
Capital Athletic Conference Christopher Newport
Centennial Conference Franklin & Marshall
City University of New York Athletic Conference Staten Island
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Illinois Wesleyan
Colonial States Athletic Conference Neumann
Commonwealth Coast Conference Salve Regina
Empire 8 St. John Fisher
Great Northeast Athletic Conference Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island)
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Transylvania
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Luther
Landmark Conference Susquehanna
Liberty League Rensselaer
Little East Conference Massachusetts Boston
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Framingham State
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma
Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Widener
Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Manhattanville
Midwest Conference St. Norbert
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference St. Catherine
New England Collegiate Conference Lesley
New England Small College Athletic Conference Williams
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Babson
New Jersey Athletic Conference Kean
North Atlantic Conference Thomas
North Coast Athletic Conference DePauw
North Eastern Athletic Conference Penn State-Berks
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Benedictine (Illinois)
Northwest Conference Whitworth
Ohio Athletic Conference Otterbein
Old Dominion Athletic Conference Virginia Wesleyan
Presidents’ Athletic Conference Thomas More
Skyline Conference Mount Saint Mary (New York)
Southern Athletic Association Berry
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference La Verne
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Texas Lutheran
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Greenville
State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNY Cortland
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference St. Scholastica
USA South Athletic Conference Averett
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wisconsin-Whitewater

The institution selected from Pool B was:

Chicago

The 19 institutions selected from Pool C were:

Amherst

Central (Iowa)

Coe

East Texas Baptist

Emory & Henry

Hope

Ithaca

Messiah

Ramapo

Randolph-Macon

Rowan

Springfield

St. Thomas (Minnesota)

Texas-Tyler

Trine

Washington U. in St. Louis

William Paterson

Wisconsin-La Crosse

Wisconsin-Oshkosh

REGIONAL SITES AND HOST INSTITUTIONS (16):

Location School
Alma, Michigan Alma
Ashland, Virginia Randolph-Macon
Babson Park, Massachusetts Babson
Cortland, New York SUNY Cortland
Decorah, Iowa Luther
Ithaca, New York Ithaca
La Crosse, Wisconsin Wisconsin-La Crosse
Marshall, Texas East Texas Baptist
Mount Berry, Georgia Berry
Pella, Iowa Central (Iowa)
Rochester, New York St. John Fisher
Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield
Tyler, Texas Texas-Tyler
Union, New Jersey Kean
*Whitewater, Wisconsin Wisconsin-Whitewater
Williamstown, Massachusetts Williams

* The regional site at Whitewater, Wisconsin will be conducted Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13.

In 2016, Texas-Tyler defeated Messiah in the championship series to win its first NCAA softball championship. For more information about the Division III Softball Championship, log on to ncaa.com.

2017 Division III softball regionals: Times, matchups and results for the tournament

The 2017 Division III Softball Championship is set with 16 regionals. At most of the regional sites, four teams will participate in double-elimination tournaments. At two of the sites, three teams will compete.

REGIONAL BRACKETS: PDFs for all 16 regional sites

Regional competition will be held May 11-14. The finals will be held May 25-30 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Check back often for results and matchups.

Note: All times are listed Eastern.

GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Alma (MI)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Ill. Wesleyan vs. Otterbein 3-2, Ill. Wesleyan
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Alma vs. DePauw 9-1, Alma
3 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Ill. Wesleyan vs. Alma 4-3, Ill. Wesleyan
4 Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. Otterbein vs. DePauw 3-2, Otterbein
5 Saturday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. Otterbein vs. Alma 3-2, Alma
6 Sunday, May 14 at noon Ill. Wesleyan vs. Alma 4-1, Ill. Wesleyan
Region winner: Ill. Wesleyan
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Randolph-Macon (VA)
1 Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. Randolph-Macon vs. Averett 8-0, Averett
2 Saturday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Va. Wesleyan vs. Franklin & Marshall 5-0 Va. Wesleyan
3 Sunday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. Averett vs. Va. Wesleyan 3-0, Va. Wesleyan
4 Sunday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. Randolph-Macon vs. Franklin & Marshall 3-1, Randolph-Macon
5 Sunday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. Randolph-Macon vs. Averett 3-1, Randolph-Macon
6 Monday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. Va. Wesleyan vs. Randolph-Macon 9-1, Va. Wesleyan
Region winner: Va. Wesleyan
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Babson (MA)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Rowan vs. Framingham State 4-2, Rowan
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Babson vs. Lesley 4-0, Babson
3 Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. Rowan vs. Babson 4-3, Rowan
4 Saturday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. Framingham State vs. Lesley 4-2, Framingham St.
5 Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. Framingham State vs. Babson 1-0, Babson
6 Monday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. Rowan vs. Babson 7-4, Babson
7 Monday, May 15 at 4:40 p.m. Rowan vs. Babson 3-2, Babson
Region winner: Babson
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: SUNY Cortland (NY)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. SUNY Cortland vs. Widener 3-0, Widener
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Messiah vs. Johnson & Wales 5-2, Messiah
3 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Widener vs. Messiah 2-1, Widener
4 Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. SUNY Cortland vs. Johnson & Wales 4-3, SUNY Cortland
5 Saturday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. SUNY Cortland vs. Messiah 15-9, SUNY Cortland
6 Sunday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. Widener vs. SUNY Cortland 10-2, SUNY Cortland
7 Sunday, May 14 at 12:10 p.m. Widener vs. SUNY Cortland 7-2, SUNY Cortland
Region winner: SUNY Cortland
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Luther (IA)
1 Friday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. St. Catherine vs. Chicago 1-0, Chicago
2 Friday May 12 at 4:30 p.m. Luther vs. St. Scholastica 8-0, Luther
3 Saturday, May 13 at noon Chicago vs. Luther 6-0, Luther
4 Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. St. Catherine vs. St. Scholastica 7-0, St. Catherine
5 Saturday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. St. Catherine vs. Chicago 5-2, St. Catherine
6 Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. Luther vs. St. Catherine 2-1, St. Catherine
7 Sunday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m. Luther vs. St. Catherine 6-5, St. Catherine
Region winner: St. Catherine
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Ithaca (NY)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Ramapo vs. Susquehanna 4-1, Ramapo
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Ithaca vs. Penn State-Berks 3-0, Ithaca
3 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Ramapo vs. Ithaca 3-0, Ramapo
4 Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. Susquehanna vs. Penn State-Berks 5-4, Penn State-Berks
5 Saturday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. Penn State-Berks vs. Ithaca 5-3, Ithaca
6 Sunday, May 14 at 10 a.m. Ramapo vs. Ithaca 3-2, Ramapo
Region winner: Ramapo
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Wis.- La Crosse
1 Friday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. Wis.-Oshkosh vs. Benedictine (Il.) 2-0, Wis.-Oshkosh
2 Friday May 12 at 4:30 p.m. Wis.- La Crosse vs. St. Norbert 2-1, Wis.-La Crosse
3 Saturday, May 13 at noon Wis.-Oshkosh vs. Wis.-La Crosse 4-2, Wis.-Oshkosh
4 Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. Benedictine vs. St. Norbert 4-0, Benedictine
5 Saturday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Benedictine vs. Wis.-La Crosse 4-1, Wis.-La Crosse
6 Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. Wis.-Oshkosh vs. Wis.-La Crosse 8-3, Wis.-Oshkosh
Region winner: Wis.-Oshkosh
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: East Texas Baptist (TX)
1 Friday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. UT Dallas vs. Whitworth 5-3, Whitworth
2 Friday May 12 at 8:00 p.m. East Texas Baptist vs. Whitworth 6-3, East Texas Baptist
3 Saturday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. UT Dallas vs. East Texas Baptist 5-3, East Texas Baptist
4 Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. East Texas Baptist vs. Whitworth 3-1, Whitworth
5 Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. East Texas Baptist vs. Whitworth 7-5, East Texas Baptist
Region winner: East Texas Baptist
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Berry (GA)
1 Friday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. Transylvania vs. Emory & Henry 4-1, Transylvania
2 Friday May 12 at 11:30 a.m. Berry vs. Thomas More 3-0, Berry
3 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Transylvania vs. Berry 6-0, Transylvania
4 Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. Emory & Henry vs. Thomas More 6-3, Emory & Henry
5 Saturday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Emory & Henry vs. Berry 15-3, Berry
6 Sunday, May 14 at noon Transylvania vs. Berry 8-0, Transylvania
Region winner: Transylvania
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Central (IA)
1 Friday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. Coe vs. Washington-St.Louis 2-1, Coe
2 Friday May 12 at 4:30 p.m. Central (IA) vs. St. Thomas (MN) 10-2, St. Thomas (MN)
3 Saturday, May 13 at noon Coe vs. St. Thomas (MN) 3-0, St. Thomas (MN)
4 Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. Washington-St. Louis vs. Central (IA) 2-1, Washington-St. Louis
5 Saturday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m. Washington-St. Louis vs. Coe 2-0, Coe
6 Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. St. Thomas (MN) vs. Coe 12-8, St. Thomas (MN)
Region winner: St. Thomas (MN)
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: St. John Fisher (NY)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Wm. Paterson vs. Manhattanville 5-4, Manhattanville
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. St. John Fisher vs. Penn State-Behrend 2-0, St. John Fisher
3 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Manhattanville vs. St. John Fisher 8-3, St. John Fisher
4 Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. Wm. Paterson vs. Penn State-Behrend 2-0, Penn State-Behrend
5 Saturday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. Penn State-Behrend vs. Manhattanville 4-1, Manhattanville
6 Sunday, May 14 at noon St. John Fisher vs. Manhattanville 2-1, St. John Fisher
Region winner: St. John Fisher
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Springfield (MA)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Springfield vs. Salve Regina 7-4, Salve Regina
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Amherst vs. UMass Boston 11-2, Amherst
3 Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. Salve Regina vs. Amherst 2-0, Amherst
4 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Springfield vs. UMass Boston 3-1, UMass Boston
5 Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. UMass Boston vs. Salve Regina 4-2, UMass Boston
6 Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. Amherst vs. UMass Boston 6-2, Amherst
Region winner: Amherst
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: UT Tyler (TX)
1 Friday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. UT Tyler vs. La Verne 9-0, UT Tyler
2 Friday May 12 at 5:00 p.m. Texas Lutheran vs. La Verne 7-3, Texas Lutheran
3 Saturday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. UT Tyler vs. Texas Lutheran 8-6, UT Tyler
4 Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. UT Tyler vs. Texas Lutheran 5-2, UT Tyler
Region winner: UT Tyler
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Kean (NJ)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Chris. Newport vs. Mt. St. Mary (NY) 2-0, Chris. Newport
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Kean vs. Neumann 4-3, Kean
3 Sunday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. Chris. Newport vs. Kean 7-2, Kean
4 Sunday, May 14 at noon Mt. St. Mary (NY) vs. Neumann 2-1, Neumann
5 Sunday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. Neumann vs. Chris. Newport 5-1, Chris. Newport
6 Monday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. Kean vs. Chris. Newport 3-2, Chris. Newport
7 Monday, May 15 at 1:25 p.m. Kean vs. Chris. Newport 4-1, Kean
Region winner: Kean
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Wis.- Whitewater
1 Thursday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. Trine vs. Greenville 12-1, Trine
2 Thursday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. Wis.-Whitewater vs. Hope 4-1, Wis.-Whitewater
3 Friday, May 12 at noon Trine vs. Wis.-Whitewater 6-3, Trine
4 Friday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. Greenville vs. Hope 6-5, Hope
5 Friday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. Hope vs. Wis.-Whitewater 7-0, Hope
6 Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. Trine vs. Hope 6-3, Trine
Region winner: Trine
GAME DATE/TIME (ET) MATCHUP RESULT
Host: Williams (MA)
1 Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. Rensselaer vs. Staten Island 4-2, Staten Island
2 Friday May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Williams vs. Thomas (ME) 6-2, Williams
3 Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 a.m. Staten Island vs. Williams 6-1, Williams
4 Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Rensselaer vs. Thomas (ME) 5-0, Rensselaer
5 Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 p.m. Rensselaer vs. Staten Island 5-4, Rensselaer
6 Sunday, May 14 at noon Williams vs. Rensselaer 1-0, Williams
Region winner: Williams

2017 Division III softball super regionals: Results from the tournament

The winners of the 16 regionals marched on to the super regional round, and best-of-three series decided which eight teams move on to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the 2017 championships.

Check below for the matchups and results.

REGIONAL RESULTS: Scores from every regional contest