Greely, Colo. – After earning a selection to the 2018 National Invitational Softball Championships, the Loyola Marymount softball team traveled to Greely, Co., for the regional round of the tournament. The Lions (28-23-1) will begin NISC play tonight against Northern Colorado (28-26), who is hosting the regional, at 5 p.m. PT (6 p.m. local, MT). Even though the game will be played on the Bears’ home field, the Lions are slated as the home team after posting a higher RPI on the season.
The 2018 NISC marks LMU softball’s first postseason action since 2007 when the program won the PCSC Championship and earned the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Lions won their first game in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, gaining their first postseason victory as they eliminated the 11-time national champions, UCLA.
LMU finished the regular season second in the West Coast Conference with an overall record of 28-23-1 while going 11-3 in conference play to earn the team's most wins in WCC history. The Lions were strongly represented in conference honors, as head coach Sami Strinz-Ward was named Coach of the Year, junior Hannah Bandimere earned Co-Pitcher of the Year and freshman Maddison Flores was selected as Defensive Player of the Year. Bandimere and senior Alicia Brown were also named to the All-WCC First Team, while Flores, freshman Andrea Gonzalez and senior Sabrina Tebou were selected to the Second Team. Freshmen Molly Gumbo, Linnay Wilson and Delanie Wisz also earned All-WCC honorable mention.
This is the second year of the NISC tournament, which features 17 teams including eight that have won 30 games or more during the 2018 season and six teams that finished second or better during the regular season in their respective conferences.
Along with Northern Colorado, UNLV, Eastern Kentucky and Central Arkansas are each also hosting in the first-round regionals. Each double-elimination regional concludes play on either Friday, May 18 or Saturday, May 19. The Championship round, also double-elimination, is slated to begin Wednesday, May 23 at a host site to be determined.
Loyola Marymount, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and Colorado State are the four teams playing in Region 1 in Greely, Co. South Dakota State (32-16) will take on Colorado State (26-21) in the first matchup of the regional at 2 p.m. PT (3 p.m. local, MT).
The winners of the regionals’ opening two games will play each other tomorrow, May 17, at 2 p.m. PT (3 p.m. local, MT) while the losers will face off earlier in the day at 11 a.m. PT (12 p.m. local, MT), with the winning team earning the chance to advance. A full bracket for the tournament is linked at the top of this page.
There will be live streaming and live stats available for all games in the tournament, and the links can be found on our schedule page.
Stay updated on the entire tournament at WomensNISC.com.
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