Blugold Softball Selected to Compete in 2012 NCAA Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Blugolds.com) – The 22nd-ranked UW-Eau Claire softball team has earned an at-large bid to compete the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship, NCAA officials announced today.
Eau Claire will head to Bloomington, Ill. to compete in an eight-team regional hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University, May 10-14. The other teams competing in the regional will be Illinois Wesleyan, St. Norbert College, Fontbonne (Mo.), Carthage, Anderson (Ind.) Benedictine (Ill.) and defending national champion Linfield (Ore.).
The Blugolds will open competition Thursday at noon against Fontbonne. Thursday's complete schedule with ticket information follows:
10 a.m. - Illinois Wesleyan (36-6, No. 1 seed) vs. St. Norbert (17-18, No. 8 seed)
12 p.m. - Wisconsin-Eau Claire (32-12, No. 4 seed) vs. Fontbonne (27-10, No. 5 seed)
2 p.m. - Carthage (34-8, No. 3 seed) vs. Anderson (30-10, No. 6 seed)
4 p.m. - Linfield (38-5, No. 2 seed) vs. Benedictine (33-9, No. 7 seed)
Admission (all general admission):
Single Day Adult: $6
Single Day Senior (62+): $3
Single Day Student: $3
All-Session Adult: $18
All-Session Senior (62+): $9
All-Session Student: $9
Eau Claire is making second consecutive and 10th overall appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Blugolds' best finish came in 2008 when they won the national title.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.