Regional scheduled for May 8-10
NORTON, Mass. – The No. 17 Wheaton College softball team has earned an at-large bid into the 2015 NCAA Softball Championship. The Lyons, who currently stand at 30-8 entering the tournament, were also selected to be one of the 16 regional hosts in the 62-team tournament and will welcome Johnson & Wales University, Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), and Husson University to campus this Friday through Sunday, May 8-10.
The Wheaton Regional will feature a double-elimination format with the winner advancing to the Super Regional, a best-of-three series scheduled for May 15-16.
ECSU (29-6-1) will play Husson (26-11) in the opening game of the regional on Friday at 1 p.m., while Wheaton will play Johnson & Wales University (21-14) in the second game of the day at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's scheduled will feature games at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday's games that will decide a winner from the Wheaton Regional are scheduled for noon and 2:30 p.m. (if necessary game). A full breakdown of each can be found below.
Admission for this week's NCAA Softball Tournament Regional will be $5 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens/veterans, and $2 for children under 12.
Johnson & Wales, ECSU and Husson all won their respective conference tournament championships to earn automatic berths into the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats claimed their first-ever GNAC Championship title earlier this spring, while the Warriors captured their fourth conference title in program history. ECSU has also appeared in the NCAA Tournament in six out of the last eight years. Husson headlines the group as the Eagles have won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship seven years in a row, which dates back to 2008.
Wheaton will be making its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament later this week. Last season, the Lyons also received an at-large bid into the tournament after compiling a 30-10 overall record.
Friday, May 8
1:00 pm - Game 1 | Husson vs. Eastern Connecticut
3:30pm - Game 2 | Johnson & Wales vs. Wheaton
Saturday, May 9
11:00 am - Game 3 | Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
1:30pm - Game 4 | Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
4:00 pm - Game 5 | Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3
Sunday, May 10
12:00 pm - Game 6 | Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5
2:30pm - Game 7 | If Necessary Game