ST. GEORGE – Fresh off its second consecutive Pacific West Conference Championship, the Dixie State softball team earned the No. 2 seed and the right to host one section of the this week’s NCAA Division II West Regional Championship, which runs May 9-11 at Karl Brooks Field.
The Red Storm (44-8) are fresh off their best season in school history and are making their sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. They are tabbed with hosting priveleges for the second straight year and third time in school history. DSU finished the season with the No. 1 batting average (.376) in the NCAA and a 21-game winning streak. DSU will host Great Northwest Conference tournament runner-up No. 7 Central Washington (28-17) at 3:30 p.m. in their opening game on Friday.
Kicking off the tournament will be California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament champion No. 3 Humboldt State (46-14), which battles battle fellow CCAA member No. 6 UC San Diego (33-16) at 1 p.m.
The double-elimination tournament continues Saturday with one game matching Friday’s winners, followed by two elimination games. Sunday’s schedule is slated for the championship game, with the chance of a second championship game if the remaining teams each have one loss.
Eight teams are selected for the tournament’s first round, with the other four schools matching up at Seaside, Calif., home of No. 1-seeded CSU Monterey Bay. Friday’s first round games match No. 1 CSUMB (45-8) and No. 8 Western Oregon (33-21) and PWC Co-Champion No. 4 California Baptist (41-11) and No. 5 Sonoma State (37-20).
The winner from each site will advance to the West Region Super Regional, set for May 18-19 at a site to be determined. The winner of that tournament moves on to the NCAA Division II Softball Championships, scheduled for May 22-26 at the Moyers Sports Complex in Salem, Va., where it will contend for the national title against teams representing seven other regions.
All of the games in the tournament at Dixie State will have audio coverage, with a few games having video streaming through DixieAthletics.com website. Live stats will also be available for all tournament games through DixieAthletics.com.
Tickets for the tournament will be available at the gate, priced at $10 general admission, $7 for seniors and $2 for a student and child.
NCAA West Region Championships First Round
May 9-11 at St. George, Utah (Dixie State, Host)
Friday, May 9
Game 1 – #3 Humboldt State vs. #6 UC San Diego, 1 p.m.
Game 2 – #2 Dixie State vs. #7 Central Washington, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 10
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 11 a.m.
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (loser eliminated), 1:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 (loser eliminated), 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 11
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, Noon
Game 7 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 (if remaining teams each have one loss), 2:30 p.m.
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