MEDFORD – The NESCAC champion Tufts University softball team will host an NCAA Regional at Spicer Field this weekend with teams from the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Eastern Connecticut State University also competing.
Tufts received the NESCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning the conference championship over Williams College 3-2 on Sunday. The league title was the Jumbos' 11th overall and first since 2015. The Jumbos are 30-8 this year and won the NESCAC East Division with a 10-2 mark. Tufts last hosted a Regional in 2016 and also hosted the Regional and Super Regional at newly refurbished Spicer in 2015.
Head coach Lauren Ebstein's Jumbos will face the University of Saint Joseph's and WPI will play Eastern Connecticut in the opening-round games on Friday (May 10). The double elimination tournament continues on Saturday and Sunday (May 11-12). The full schedule of game is posted at the bottom of this release.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. Tufts students are free with ID. Tickets will be on sale one hour prior to the start of the first game on each day.
This weekend's winner will advance to the NCAA Super Regional the next week against the winner of this weekend's MIT Regional. Along with the host Engineers, that pod includes Husson, Rowan and Eastern Nazarene. Super Regional winners advance to the NCAA Championship Finals in Tyler, Texas May 23-28.
The three-time NCAA champion (2013-15) Jumbos are making their 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament overall. Tufts has a 62-29 overall record in NCAA action and has won six Regionals overall (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2000). Tufts advanced to the Regional final last spring before they were eliminated by MIT.
The Blue Jays of Saint Joseph won the GNAC title and have a 27-17 record entering the Regional. WPI is the 2019 NEWMAC champion with a 32-9 overall record. Eastern Connecticut won the Little East Conference this season and is 29-11 overall.
The NCAA Division III Softball Committee announced the 62 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship on Monday afternoon. Forty-two conferences received an automatic qualification (Pool A). Two institutions were selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The 18 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining institutions in Pool B.
2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tufts Regional Schedule
Friday, May 10
Game 1 at 2:00pm, #2 WPI vs. #3 Eastern Connecticut
Game 2 at 4:30pm, #1 Tufts vs. #4 St. Joseph's
Saturday, May 11
Game 3 at 12:00pm, Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 4 at 2:30pm, Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Game 5 at 5:00pm, Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner
Sunday, May 12
Game 6 at 12:00pm, Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 at 2:30pm, if necessary