Iindianapolis, Ind — The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 61 teams that will compete in the 2012 Division III Softball Championship, and Husson University was tabbed with a #6 seed in the North East division where they will play #3 seeded host Amherst College.
The Eagles (33-11) recently won their fourth consecutive North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title to earn the conference's automatic qualification for the National Tournament for the fourth straight season. They will take on a Lord Jeffs team that finished the season 34-4, and will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.
The complete information on the National Tournament can be found below, or at www.ncaa.com.
Six teams will compete at one regional site, seven teams will compete at one regional site and eight teams will compete at six regional sites. The eight regional sites will use a double-elimination format.
The six-team and seven-team regional rounds will be held May 11-14, and the eight-team regional rounds will be held May 10-14. The finals, hosted by the City of Salem and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, will be held May 18-22 at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.
Forty-one conferences received automatic qualification (Pool A). Two schools were selected from Pool B, which includes independent schools and schools from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The 18 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining schools in Pool B.
In 2011, Linfield defeated Christopher Newport to capture its second championship in five years. Linfield finished with 51 wins and only three losses, setting a Division III record for victories in a season.