SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University softball squad will be the final team to compete on campus in the 50-year history of Pirate athletics, with NCAA postseason play beginning on Thursday with the start of the Southeast Super Regional.
Play begins on Thursday at Noon as the host and No. 3-seeded Pirates (30-11) will take on sixth-seeded Young Harris in a matchup of two Peach Belt Conference foes. The two teams met during the regular season on March 4th in Young Harris, Ga., with Armstrong State sweeping a doubleheader by 7-4 and 6-0 scores. The Pirates are making their 15th NCAA Regional appearance out of the last 17 seasons, while Young Harris (42-12) is into the regionals for a second straight year after joining the NCAA in 2011.
The other Thursday matchup features second-seeded Carson-Newman (43-11) against seventh-seeded and No. 8-ranked Pfeiffer. The South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament champions, Carson-Newman is one of the hottest teams in the nation, coming into the regional having won 11 of 12 games. This is the 13th NCAA Championship appearance for the Eagles.
Pfeiffer makes a second straight trip to Savannah for NCAA postseason play as the Falcons were a part of the 2016 Southeast Regional hosted by the Pirates. Pfeiffer won the Conference Carolinas regular season title and has an outstanding 44-6 overall record. The Falcons have been ranked in the NFCA's DII Top 10 every week since March 22nd.
Play continues in the regional on Friday with three games, then concludes on Saturday with the championship game. Tickets are $10 for Friday and Saturday's sessions and $7 on Sunday. Students with valid ID will be admitted for just $2. All of the games will be streamed live on http://youtube.com/thearmstrongpirates and you can follow along with live stats at http://www.athletics.armstrong.edu/softball/xlive.htm.
For more information on the NCAA DII Softball Southeast Regional #2, visit the official regional website at http://www.armstrongpirates.com/tournaments/sball/2016-17/index.