FLORENCE – For the second time in school history, the University of North Alabama softball team has qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Lions were selected as the No. 3 seed in the South Region and will open play at 3 p.m. Friday against sixth-seeded Barry in Huntsville.
Second-seeded Alabama-Huntsville will host one of the two four-team tournaments in the South Region. The Chargers will take on fellow Gulf South Conference member West Alabama at 7 p.m. on Friday. All games in the double-elimination event will be played at Charger Field on the UAH campus. Semi-final and elimination games as set for Saturday with the championship game slated for Sunday afternoon.
On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Valdosta State will host No. 8 Albany State, No. 4 Tampa and No. 5 Saint Leo. The winners of each regional will advance to a best-of-three series on the campus of the highest-remaining seed.
North Alabama enters the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2006 with a 39-18 record. "We are very excited about the opportunity to play in the post-season," said first-year head coach Jason Anderson. "Making an NCAA Regional was a goal of this team from the start of the season."