Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands Head to Texas for NCAA Softball Regional

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands Head to Texas for NCAA Softball Regional

The SCIAC will have a pair of representatives in the 2013 NCAA Softball Championships this weekend. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands will head to Tyler, Texas for the Regionals.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division III Softball Committee announced the 62-team field Monday for the Division III Softball Championship which takes place May 9-13 and the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps softball team earned a No. 2 seed in the Texas-Tyler Regional and face fifth-seeded East Texas Baptist University (34-10) in the opening round Friday, May 10. CMS and ETBU square off at 1:30 p.m. CST on Friday. The Athenas earned the No. 2 seed after completing the regular season as the SCIAC Postseason Tournament Champions and SCIAC automatic qualifier with a 32-11 record.

CMS is joined by 61 other teams in a field that is made up of 41 automatic qualifiers and 21 at-large selections at eight regional sites. Also in the Texas-Tyler Regional are No. 1 Texas-Tyler (41-4), No. 3 Linfield (36-6), No. 4 Redlands (34-10) and No. 6 Southwestern (TX) (30-11). Texas-Tyler and Southwestern face off in the opening round as do Linfield and Redlands. For a look at the Texas-Tyler Regional bracket, please click here.

Earlier this season CMS and ETBU faced off at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Georgia and CMS came away with a 4-3 win. The two teams have also faced off at Regionals before, most recently in 2011 when CMS beat ETBU 6-1.

For the Athenas, it is their fifth-straight trip to NCAA postseason play. In 2012, CMS went 2-2 at Regionals with wins in its first two games against Louisiana College and Texas-Tyler. Back-to-back losses to Pacific Lutheran and Texas-Tyler ended the season for CMS.
Redlands


The 18th-ranked University of Redlands softball team garnered its ninth consecutive NCAA appearance with an at-large berth to the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships and heads to the University of Texas-Tyler for the third year in a row, with this year's event taking place on May 10-13.  The Bulldogs face sixth-ranked Linfield College (OR) (36-6) in their first game of the double-elimination tournament at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday. 

As the top seed, Tyler hosts the only six-team regional in the Division III bracket but boasts an incredibly high-caliber field, including two of the last three national champions in East Texas Baptist University and Linfield.  Last season, the Tyler Regional also produced the eventual national champion in Pacific Lutheran University (WA), which missed out on a tournament bid this year.

In addition, the impressive grouping includes Southwestern University (TX) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, which both advanced as the automatic qualifiers from their respective conferences.

For a complete schedule of the Tyler Regional, please view the bracket here

Five of the six teams invited to the Tyler Regional are ranked among the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's National Top 25.   In the poll released on May 1, Texas-Tyler (41-4) lands at No. 5, Linfield (36-6) closely follows at No. 6, East Texas Baptist (34-10) comes in at 10th, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (32-11) is No. 13, and Redlands (34-10) sits at 18th.

Tyler's tournament page includes links to live video streaming of every game at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/uttyler.portal#.

Seeded fourth in the West Region, the Redlands Bulldogs captured the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season title with a 20-4 performance.  Redlands entered the SCIAC Postseason Tournament as the top seed but suffered elimination in the first of possibly two championship games to rival CMS.

The Maroon and Gray brings an overall batting average of .322, with senior center-fielder Sarah Beeman (Corona, CA) leading the offense with her .444 output.  She ranks fourth in the nation in triples with a team-leading nine on the season.  She also owns 42 RBI with a slugging percentage of .697.

Senior ace Kayla Uphold (Fontana, CA), the two-time SCIAC Player of the Year, shoulders the pitching duties for the Bulldogs, amassing 183.2 innings en route to a 1.41 ERA and a 23-8 record.

Seeded third in the regional, the Linfield Wildcats earned a spot in the Tyler Regional by winning their 10th consecutive Northwest Conference Championship and NWC Tournament title. 

Linfield consistently puts up big offensive numbers and currently sits sixth in the nation with 7.98 runs per game while landing fifth with a slugging percentage of .567.  Their strongest hitters have produced more than 50 RBI this season, with Lisa Yamamoto hammering out a team-high 13 home runs in the process. 

Karina Paavola leads the Wildcats from the circle with a 22-2 mark and 1.81 ERA during 120 innings pitched.

The winner of the six-team, double-elimination tournament will move onto the 2013 NCAA Division III World Series in Eau Claire, WI, from May 17-21.