Fordham Softball Seeded Fourth in Seattle Regional; GW Also Earns Postseason Bid
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The two Atlantic 10 Softball Co-Champions will both play in the postseason, with Fordham earning the A-10's automatic bid to NCAA Regionals while George Washington will play in the National Invitational Softball Championship.
Fordham (29-24) received a seventh straight NCAA berth and found out its Regional placement during Sunday night's Selection Show on ESPN2. The Rams will head to the Seattle Regional as the fourth seed, hosted by last year's Women's College World Series runners-up, #3 Washington (45-7), alongside Seattle (39-15) and Mississippi State (33-21). Fordham and Washington will play on Friday night, May 17, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
The winners of Friday's contests will meet at 6 p.m. ET, while the losers will meet immediately after. The winner of the latter will meet the loser of the former at 11 p.m. ET for a chance to advance to the Regional Final, which will be held on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
This is the program's seventh straight NCAA berth and ninth overall. In recent years, the team has traveled to James Madison, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Louisiana.
Seattle, who the Rams faced earlier this year, and Mississippi State, who Fordham defeated at the Salt Lake City Regional two years ago, will kick off action on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Both contests will be on ESPN3. Washington will also host the best-of-three Super Regionals against the winner of the Lexington Regional, comprised of #14 Kentucky, Illinois, Toledo, and Virginia Tech. Super Regionals begin the following week on May 24.
George Washington softball will make its first postseason appearance in program history at the Liberty Regional as part of the National Invitational Softball Championship.
The Atlantic 10 co-champion Colonials are headed to Lynchburg, Va., for a three-day, double-elimination regional at Kamphuis Field. They'll kick off the tournament Thursday with a 1 p.m. first pitch against Marshall with the winner facing Kent State later that night. The six-team bracket also features Appalachian State and Rutgers, in addition to the host Flames.
The winners of all four regionals will advance to the championship round, which will be held May 24-26 at Triple Crown Sports Complex in Fort Collins, Colo.
In the event billed as the NIT of Softball, GW (42-16) will look to build on an already historic campaign. The Colonials had already set the program record for wins in a season before they won three of four games at UMass this week to claim their first conference title in the program's 17-year history.
The Buff and Blue have the most wins of any squad in the 19-team field. They have earned this opportunity on the national stage thanks to a potent offense led by A-10 Player of the Year Jenna Cone and First Team All A-10 pitcher Sierra Lange's spectacular work in the circle. They will chase another title while gaining valuable experience against quality competition along the way.
Fordham and George Washington were named Co-Champions on Sunday when game two of the Championship final was canceled due to inclement weather and an unplayable field. The Rams earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals by winning the regular season championship, as per conference policy.