Cambridge, Mass. (May 6) – The No. 21 ranked MIT softball team has learned that their season will continue this week as they were picked as one of 18 at-large selections for the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball National Championship Tournament. Not only will the Engineers compete in the 62-team tournament, but MIT has been selected as one of 16 host sites for the regional round. Scheduled for May 10-12, the nationally-ranked Engineers will welcome No. 17 Rowan University, Husson University and Eastern Nazarene College to Cambridge for the double elimination tournament.
This year marks the second straight season that the NCAA regional round will take place at Briggs Field in Cambridge and the NCAA appearance for MIT will be the fourth in program history for the Engineers. Previously, MIT was selected to participate in the 2015, 2016 and 2018 tournaments. MIT ended its run in the playoffs at the Division III College World Series in both 2016 and 2018 will look for their third trip to the World Series this season.
Game Schedule: (Double Elimination)
12:00 pm Friday - Game 1: Rowan University vs. Eastern Nazarene College
2:30 pm Friday - Game 2: MIT vs. Husson University
11:00 am Saturday - Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
1:30 pm Saturday - Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
4:00 pm Saturday - Game 5: Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3
12:00 pm Sunday - Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5
2:30 pm Sunday - Game 7: Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6 (If Necessary)
MIT (27-10-1) earned an at-large berth to the national tournament after falling to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival WPI on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers head into this weekend's NCAA Championship Tournament ranked No. 21 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Poll.
Husson University (24-9) won the North Atlantic Conference championship, Eastern Nazarene College (28-13) won the New England Collegiate Conference and Rowan University (30-12) earned an at-large bid from the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
The winner of this weekend's double elimination tournament will advance to Super Regionals, which will take place at a site to be determined next weekend.
Click here to view the complete tournament bracket. Fans can follow the action with streaming video and live stats for all games held at MIT this weekend. Be sure to check back on MITAthletics.com for all details regarding this weekend's regional including a complete preview and tournament page which will be made available later this week.