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Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 62 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship.
Farmingdale State will travel to Ithaca College for the NCAA Regionals on May 10-12. The four-team bracket features Ithaca, FSC, Brandeis and Penn State-Berks. The Rams open play in the double-elimination tournament against host school Ithaca on Friday at 4:30 p.m., while Brandeis and Penn State-Berks will meet in the other opening game at 2:00 p.m.
Farmingdale State (20-15) earned a berth into the NCAA Championship by winning the Skyline Conference. The Rams won all three playoff games, including a 3-2 victory over Mount Saint Mary in the title game.
Ithaca (26-7-1) punched their ticket by defeating Rochester, 1-0, in the Liberty League Championship game. The Bombers are led offensively by Vanessa Brown (Vista, Calif.) who is batting .430 with 49 hits, including 12 doubles and five home runs and has 35 runs scored. On the mound, Emily Holden (Nutley, N.J.) is 8-2 this season and has allowed only six earned runs in 57.2 innings pitched.
Brandeis (27-6-1) earned one of the 20 at-large bids into the championship. Jolie Fujita (Honolulu, Hawaii) is batting a team-best .421 and also leads the Judges in hits (48), runs (34) and triples (2), while Sydney Goldman (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) is 13-2 on the year with a 2.09 ERA and has a team-high 101 strikeouts.
Penn State-Berks (31-8), who is riding a 23-game winning streak, won the North East Athletic Conference to claim an automatic bid into the NCAA's. Offensively, Brianna Smith (Pottstown, Penn.) is batting .475 with 56 hits, 21 runs scored, 18 doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI, while slugging a team-best .678. Val Miller (Sinking Springs, Penn.) is 14-2 on the hill with a 1.18 earned run average this season.
The regional round will be held May 10-12. Four teams will compete at 14 regional sites and three teams will compete at two regional sites. The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 17 and 18. The finals, hosted by Texas-Tyler, will be held May 23-28 at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas. All rounds will use a double-elimination format.
Game 1: Brandeis vs. Penn State-Berks | 2 p.m.
Game 2: Ithaca vs. Farmingdale State | 4:30 p.m.
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 | 12 p.m.
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 | 2:30 p.m.
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 | 4:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 | 12 p.m.
Game 7: (if necessary): Same teams as Game 6