WILLIAMSTOWN, MA. — The newly-crowned NESCAC champion Williams College softball team will host a NCAA Div. III Tournament Regional this weekend on Cole Field, it was learned today.
The Ephs (35-6) will face-off against Husson University (21-13), the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Champion, at 4:30 p.m. Friday while NESCAC West Division rival Amherst (27-6) will play Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Western New England University (24-16), at 2 p.m. There will be three games Saturday (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and a 12 p.m. game Sunday with the if necessary to be played at 2:30 p.m.
The Ephs are in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth year in a row and ninth time overall, while Husson won the North Atlantic Conference title for the eighth time and is making its eighth NCAA appearance. The Mammoths are in the tournament field for the second consecutive season and fifth time in program history. Western New England (24-16) claimed its second Commonwealth Coast Conference title to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time.
The regional round will be held May 11-13. 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 18 and 19. The finals, hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association, will be held May 24-29 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. All rounds will use a double-elimination format.