Panthers looking to three-peat as LEC regular season champs
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – With its sights set on a third-straight Little East Conference (LEC) regular season title, the Plymouth State University softball team and 16-year head coach Bruce Addison announced its 2019 schedule today.
The Panthers have hosted the entirety of the LEC softball tournament each of the last two years, falling in the tournament championship game both times. PSU is hoping the third time will be the charm as the team seeks its first tournament title and NCAA tournament appearance.
The team will play a 40-game slate, including doubleheaders against each of the eight Little East schools.
The Panthers open the season with their annual Florida trip, where they will play 12 games in seven days (Mar. 8 to Mar. 14). PSU jumps into LEC action upon its return, visiting the University of Massachusetts Boston for a doubleheader on Mar. 23. The Beacons are two-time defending tournament champions after upsetting the Panthers in the championship games in 2017 and 2018.
Plymouth State's home opener is set for Mar. 30, when the Panthers welcome Rhode Island College to D&M Park for a pair of league games.
PSU has a season-long six-game road trip with twin bills at the University of New England, Thomas College and Keene State in early April, but closes out the regular season with three-straight home doubleheaders from Apr. 23 to Apr. 27, including LEC games against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the regular season finale with league-foe Eastern Connecticut State University.
The top six teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the LEC Softball Championship Tournament to be played at the site of the No. 1 seed. The double-elimination, six-team tournament begins on May 2 and will conclude on May 4. The winner receives the league's automatic qualifier into the NCAA softball championship.
Refer to athletics.plymouth.edu for the most current information regarding all 24 of Plymouth State's athletic programs. Schedules are subject to change.
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