WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Prior to 2014, the Williams College softball team had never hosted an NCAA Regional Tournament. Today it was announced the Ephs have earned the right for a third consecutive season.
The NESCAC Champions — the first conference championship since 2016 — will welcome Johnson & Wales (31-10), Western Connecticut (23-17) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (28-11) for the double-elimination tournament beginning Friday, May 13th and running through Sunday, May 15th.
On Friday the 13th play will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Western Connecticut taking on M.I.T in Game 1. At 4 p.m., host Williams (32-9) will take on Johnson & Wales in Game 2. Three games will be played on Saturday and at least one on Sunday.
Ticket prices will be $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 12.
The teams will be playing to advance to one of eight best two-out-of-three Super Regionals (May 20-22) where the winner will move on to the Division III Finals in Salem, Virginia May 26-31.
Williams will be making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth overall. The Ephs defeated Tufts 8-3 in the seventh and deciding game of the NESCAC Tournament Sunday. Johnson & Wales earned the GNAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after beating Emmanuel, 12-3, in five innings on Saturday. Johnson & Wales comes into the tournament with a 31-10 record, which are the most wins in school history.
M.I.T. fell in the NEWMAC Tournament final, 1-0 in eight innings, to WPI. This will be the Engineers second NCAA Tournamnt appearance building upon one in 2015. Western Connecticut captured the Little East Conference Tournament Championship with an 8-2 win over UMass-Boston Sunday. It will be making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Colonials.
There will be video webcasts and live stats of each game. Links to each will be made available later in the week.