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WilmU softball reaches — and hosts — NCAA divisional playoffs

For the fifth time in six years, Wilmington University’s softball team is part of the NCAA’s regional playoffs, but this time the Wildcats are playing at home.

WilmU is hosting the NCAA Division II’s East 2 Region softball playoff tournament, an event that’s bringing four teams to Asbury Field on the New Castle campus from Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11.

The Wildcats were ranked third in the East Region after earning a spot in the tournament by winning three games in a row on May 4 to clinch the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship. Unfortunately, they lost their first two games in the double-elimination Regional.

Wilmington was one of 16 tournament hosts across the country in a playoff field of 64 teams.

At the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championships in Lakewood, New Jersey, on May 4, the Wildcats’ three straight victories included two against top-ranked Georgian Court University on their way to capturing their third CACC title in six years.

With a record of 39-15 overall, the 2019 squad recorded the most wins in WilmU softball history.

Meanwhile, also in May, the Wildcat baseball team won its second straight conference title and its eighth since 2005.

—David Bernard and Bob Yearick

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