OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amherst College softball team will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. for the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship slated for May 25-30 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The format is a double elimination tournament that features two pods of four teams. The advancing team from each pod will then meet in a best-of-three game series on May 29-30 to determine the national champion.
Amherst, which is in the midst of its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance, advanced to the program's first-ever NCAA Championship and will take on Trine University (Ind.) in its first game at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 25. The winner of Thursday's contest will advance to the winners bracket and will face the winner of UT-Tyler and Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. The losers of each game on Thursday will meet in an elimination game on Friday at 12 p.m. The other pod features Illinois Wesleyan University, St. Catherine's University, St. John Fisher College, and Williams College.
Ticket information for the NCAA Division III Softball Championship can be found by clicking here.
The NCAA will provide live stats and a live webcast for each contest throughout the championship week. To access the live coverage, click on the NCAA Interactive Bracket and select the game you want to watch.
THE OPENING MATCHUP
Amherst (33-10 overall, 10-2 NESCAC) – Schedule/Roster/Stats
Amherst's historic season continues as the Mammoths - winners of the Springfield Regional, and the Amherst Super Regional - enter Thursday's tilt with Trine riding a five-game winning streak, having not lost an NCAA postseason game in 2017. Amherst is 33-10 overall and has totaled the program's second best number for wins in a single season (36) which was set in 2012. The Mammoths, who have outscored their opponents, 25-5 in five national postseason games thus far, are led by pitcher Gina Pagan '18 who was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Amherst Super Regional, and Lauren Tuiskula '17 who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Amherst Super Regional.
|Batting Average||Lauren Tuiskula - .431
|| Kyra Naftel - .412
|| Sammy Salustri - .336
|On Base Percentage|| Lauren Tuiskula - .480
||Kyra Naftel - .436||Sammy Salustri - .415|
|Slugging Percentage|| Lauren Tuiskula - .496
||Kate Kopatic - .494
||Alena Marovitz - .475
|RBI||Alena Marovitz - 37||Kate Kopatic - 28|| Kyra Naftel - 26
|ERA||Gina Pagan - 1.30||Lorena Ukanwa - 3.03||Jackie Buechler - 4.51|
Trine (37-8 overall, 11-5 MIAA) - Schedule/Roster/Stats
Trine is in the midst of its ninth straight NCAA Tournament run, and the team's second NCAA Championship bid having advanced to the national championship in 2014. The Thunder opened postseason play by winning the Whitewater Regional and captured the Angola Super Regional title at home this past weekend. The team enters this week's action 37-8 overall and has won all five of its NCAA postseason games to date. Trine has led the nation in home runs for much of the season, belting 59 home runs thus far. The team has hit six of those long balls in NCAA postseason play.
|Batting Average|| Carly Bachna - .374
||Kaylee Fox - .358
||Catherine Porter - .339|
|On Base Percentage|| Catherine Porter - .479
||Kaylee Fox - .470
||Michaela Hartline - .435
|Slugging Percentage|| Kaylee Fox - .746
||Carly Bachna - .673
||Makenna Hartline - .613
|RBI||Kaylee Fox - 48
||Carly Bachna - 40||Makenna Hartline - 39
|ERA|| Danielle Ray - 1.99
||Hannah Kampmann - 2.98
||Kate Saupe - 5.02
A GLANCE AT THE REST OF THE FIELD
UT-Tyler is the defending National Champions and have been ranked among the top five teams in the nation for much of this season. The Patriots gone 5-0 in postseason play and own an overall record of 44-4. The team is batting .389 overall to lead the nation. The Patriots also lead the nation in fielding percentage.
Virginia Wesleyan is making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The Marlins were the consensus top team in the nation in the latest Top 25 poll released by the NFCA and have an overall record of 48-2. The team has not allowed a run in any of its five NCAA postseason games. The Marlins' 0.80 team ERA is also best in the country.
Illinois Wesleyan rallied back after dropping the first game of their Super Regional matchup with Transylvania to earn the national bid. It was the second consecutive season that the Titans won two in a row to stave off elimination in the Super Regional round. Illinois Wesleyan is making its second consecutive appearance in the National Championship and enters the national finals with an overall ledger of 36-13.
St. Catherine defeated arch-rival St. Thomas to win its first Super Regional title and advance to the NCAA Championship. After dropping their first game in the Regional round to University of Chicago, the Wildcats have since won six consecutive games. St. Catherine is 38-12 overall this season.
St. John Fisher
Also undfeated in NCAA postseason play, St. John Fisher defeated SUNY Cortland in the Super Regional to advance as one of the final eight teams. The Cardinals boast a 41-6 record, and rank second in the nation with an 0.79 ERA. The team has tossed 19 shutouts while also averaging over six and a half runs per game.
NESCAC champion and Amherst's Little III archrival, Williams had to go to three games to defeat Babson to advance to the NCAA Championship. The Ephs owns an overall record of 36-11. and are one of the top power-hitting teams in the country, with 48 home runs in 47 games. Williams is also slugging .498 as a team.