Lady Eagles receive No. 6 seed in NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament, open with Armstrong Atlantic State on Friday
INDIANAPOLIS — The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles received the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and will face third-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State on Friday at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., the NCAA Selection Committee announced Monday.
C-N and Armstrong Atlantic will play in the first game on Friday at 2 p.m. at Bears Field.
The Lady Eagles (39-15-1) are making a South Atlantic Conference record seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th overall under head coach Vickee Kazee-Hollifield. C-N is 10-20 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. The Lady Eagles won the 2009 Southeast Regional in Hickory to advance to the super regionals for the first time in school history.
Armstrong Atlantic (30-12) is making its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and ninth appearance in its last 11 seasons. The Pirates finished second in the Peach Belt Conference regular season standings this season. C-N and the Pirates met in the Mid-South Classic earlier this season with Armstrong Atlantic claiming a 9-2 victory. The meeting will mark the second time the two teams have played each other in the postseason, as the Pirates defeated the Lady Eagles, 3-2, in the 2006 South Regional.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the regional host, is the No. 2 seed. The sixth-ranked Bears (41-8) will face seventh-seeded USC Aiken (26-16) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne won both the SAC regular season and tournament titles for a second straight year.
Second-ranked North Georgia, the top seed, will host the other half of the regional tournament in Dahlonega, Ga. Flagler, Augusta State and Erskine are the other three teams that will participate.
Tickets are $7 each day and $4 for children 12 and under and students with proper identification.
Winners of each regional will advance to the super regionals on May 20-21. The finals will be held May 26-30 at James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., and will be hosted by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the City of Salem.
2011 NCAA Division II Softball Southeast Regional Tournament
Hickory, N.C. (Bears Field)
FRIDAY, MAY 13
Game One: No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic State (30-12) vs. No. 6 Carson-Newman (39-15-1), 2 p.m.
Game Two: No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne (41-8) vs. No. 7 USC Aiken (26-16), 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 14
Game Three: Game One winner vs. Game Two winner, 2 p.m.
Game Four: Game One loser vs. Game Two loser, 4:30 p.m.
Game Five: Game Three loser vs. Game Four winner, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
Game Six (Championship): Game Three winner vs. Game Five winner, 1 p.m.
Game Seven (if necessary): 3:30 p.m.