Fourth-seeded Panthers to host Rivier on Wednesday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – After winning 16 of its last 23 games, the Plymouth State University softball team has received a berth in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) post-season tournament.
The Panthers were selected Monday to the ECAC Division III New England Tournament, the eighth post-season berth in the program's history and first since 2009. PSU (21-20) is the #4 seed in this year's tourney, and will host fifth-seeded Rivier College (25-12) in a first-round game Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at D&M Park.
There are three other first-round games on Wednesday. Top-seeded Brandeis University (23-16) will host eighth-seeded Daniel Webster College (23-19); second-seeded Salve Regina University (24-16) entertains seventh-seeded Simmons College (24-16) and third-seeded Endicott College (22-17-1) plays host to sixth-seeded Worcester State University (21-19).
The four winners on Wednesday will advance to a double-elimination tourney Saturday and Sunday at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Led by ninth-year head coach Bruce Addison, Plymouth State earned the ECAC invitation after finishing in a tie for fourth place in the Little East Conference (LEC) during the regular season, its highest finish since 2003. PSU won its first game in the LEC Tournament but was eliminated with losses in the next two.
Rivier earned its ECAC bid after finishing in fifth place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) during the regular season. The Raiders were knocked out of the GNAC Tournament in the first round by St. Joseph (Conn.), 9-2.
This will be Plymouth State's eighth appearance in the ECAC post-season softball tournament. PSU won the championship in its first appearance in 1985, and also captured the title in 2003. The Panthers also played in the tournament in 1992, 1994, 2002, and 2008 and 2009.
PSU advanced to weekend play in its last appearance in 2009, knocking off Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in the road in the first round, 2-1. The sixth-seeded Panthers split two games on Saturday at Brandeis, falling to Keene State, 4-1, but defeating Western New England, 5-0. PSU's run came to an end on Sunday with a 6-4 loss to Brandeis.
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