Fordham Clinches Regular Season Title, Earns Top Seed in #A10SB Championship
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —Fordham claimed the Atlantic 10 softball regular season title and will be the top seed for the 2019 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship. The Rams will be looking for their seventh straight A-10 crown in the double-elimination tournament, which begins Wednesday at the UMass Softball Complex in Amherst, Mass.
Fordham finished the regular season with a 16-6 (.727) record in the A-10 and 26-23 (.531) overall. Led by Jordy Storm (33 runs, 10 home runs, 31 RBI) and Molly Roark (14 HR, 43 RBI), who has the second highest home run total in the league, the Rams will get a first-round bye and will open championship play Thursday at 11:00 am.
Second-seeded Massachusetts receives the other first-round bye and plays the winner of George Washington/Saint Louis on Thursday at 1:30 pm. The only team other than Fordham to win the A-10 Championship in the last 14 years, the Minutewomen finished with a regular season record of 25-20 (.556) overall and 12-5 (.706) in Atlantic 10 games. The Minutewomen are led by 2018 A-10 Pitcher of the Year, Kiara Oliver (115 strikeouts, .237 opponent batting average), and 2018 first team all-conference member Kaitlyn Stavinoha (38 runs, 37 RBI).
Third-seeded George Washington will begin its championship run Wednesday at 1:30 pm, facing sixth-seeded Saint Louis. The Colonials were 15-7 (.682) in conference play and 39-15 (.722) overall, while the Billikens finished 12-10 (.545) in the A-10 and 18-31 (.367) overall. The winner of the first-round championship matchup will play UMass on Thursday at 1:30 pm.
No. 4 Dayton, who finished 11-7 (.611) in conference play and 24-25 (.490) overall will open the championship Wednesday at 11:00 am against No. 5 Saint Joseph's. The Hawks were 26-23 (.531) overall and 13-10 (.565) in conference games this season. The Dayton/Saint Joseph's winner plays top-seeded Fordham Thursday at 11:00 am.
There will be three games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, including at least one consolation bracket elimination game each day. The championship final will be played Saturday at 1:00 pm. The if-necessary game will begin 30 minutes following the end of the first game on Saturday, if needed.
All 10 (or more) games will be streamed live on ESPN+. For seeding information, game times, recaps and more, visit championship central at atlantic10.com. The winner of the A-10 championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.