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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, currently ranked third in the East region, earned a spot in the tournament after winning three games in a row on Saturday, May 4, to clinch the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship.

They lost to sixth-ranked Adelphi University, 4-3 in ten innings, in the double-elimination tournament’s opening game early Thursday afternoon. Adelphi will face the winner of Thursday’s second game — second-ranked LIU Post versus seventh-ranked University of New Haven — on Friday morning, while the Wildcats will meet the loser on Friday afternoon.

The games are being livestreamed online, and can be viewed through WilmU’s tournament website, along with live statistics, brackets and directions to Asbury Field, at http://athletics.wilmu.edu/sports/sball/2018-19/releases/20190506n7t2fg.

The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Saturday afternoon, with the winner challenging the East 1 Region winner in a best-of-three tournament at a yet-to-be-determined site on May 16 and 17.

The resulting eight regional victors are scheduled to meet in the NCAA Division II softball championship at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.

At the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championships in Lakewood, New Jersey, on May 4, the Wildcats won three straight games, including two against top-ranked Georgian Court University, to capture their third CACC title in six years.

The team, which tallied up a record 39 wins to 13 losses this season, learned that it had earned a third-seed slot in the NCAA Division II’s East Region playoffs, and would be one of 16 tournament hosts, during the announcement of the 64-team playoff field on Monday, May 6.

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