Welcome to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteens with top seeds and the teams that pulled off the upsets. We take a look at the 16 teams that advanced to NCAA Division II Super Regionals.
In need of just win to make its triumphant return to the Division II Softball Atlantic Super Regional for the third year in a row, the West Chester University softball team tangled with Regional Pod host West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon. West Chester raced out to an early lead and never looked back as the Golden Rams held on to win by a final of 11-5 to advance to the Super Regionals to face Shepherd.
Shepherd University (41-16) recorded a 3-0 win over West Liberty (39-18) in NCAA II Atlantic Regional action at West Liberty on Saturday to capture the Atlantic Region 1 title. Senior pitcher Lori Sturgill earned the complete game win. Shepherd's 41 wins tie the 2017 team for the most in program history.
When the hits finally starting falling, there was no stopping Central Oklahoma's stampeding Bronchos. Limited to 14 hits in the first three games of the tournament and forced to the "if necessary" game with a 4-2 loss earlier in the day to Arkansas Tech, top-ranked UCO scored early and often in a 12-0 thrashing of the Golden Sun to capture the NCAA Division II Central Regional I Tournament championship. The Bronchos pounded out 17 hits – their second-most of the season – and Sydney McLeod threw a four-hitter in handing ATU its first shutout of the season. UCO improved to 48-6 and will host Augustana in a best-of-three Central Super Regional Thursday and Friday.
With the season on the line, the No. 15 Augustana softball team stepped up and made a statement on Saturday afternoon. Following a loss to Winona State in game one, Augustana bounced back and outlasted the Warriors 3-2 for the NCAA Central Region II title. Read more.
For the second consecutive season, the nationally-ranked and top-seeded Saint Anselm College softball team advanced to the 2019 NCAA Division II Super Regionals, thanks to Saturday's 4-0 blanking of Southern New Hampshire University in the East Region pod hosted by the Hawks. For the 22nd time this season, junior pitcher Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) went the distance for the Hawks, finishing with five strikeouts and allowing just a pair of hits and two walks for her 25th victory of the year in the circle. The unanimous Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year set the single-season team record for innings pitched (198) and completed the afternoon with 220 strikeouts, extending her single-season record.
Sophomore Hanna Finkelstein lifted the LIU Post softball team into the NCAA Division II East Super Regional when she belted a walk-off grand slam to left field to help the Pioneers overcome a 3-2 deficit against the University of New Haven on Saturday, May 11 at Asbury Field. LIU Post advances to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Division II Championship for the second consecutive year and will have a rematch with Saint Anselm College next week at the South Athletic Fields in Manchester, N.H.
Grand Valley State
No. 7 Grand Valley State softball team punched their ticket to the NCAA Midwest Super Regional Tournament next weekend with their 8-1 victory over defending champs Southern Indiana in the Midwest Region 1 championship game on Saturday afternoon (May 11). Senior Allison Lipovsky got the nod in the championship game and delivered another gem as she improves to 29-2 on the year after tossing a complete game and allowing just a single run.
The 13th-ranked UIndy softball team (49-15) capped its stay at the NCAA DII Midwest Regional Sunday with a pair of clutch wins, sending the Greyhounds to their first Super Regional berth since 2015. Needing to twice defeat Illinois Springfield to keep their season alive, the Hounds did just that, downing the Prairie Stars by scores of 11-8 and 11-3. The Hounds racked up 23 hits in all, including 11 of the extra-base variety, to dispose of the Stars and end their season. Awaiting the Greyhounds at the Super Regional will be top-seeded Grand Valley State (47-8).
The No. 2-ranked University of West Florida softball team used a pair of walk-off wins against five-seed Tampa on Saturday afternoon to advance to the NCAA South Super Regional for the second time in program history. West Florida took wins of 1-0 and 2-1 in two elimination games against the Spartans to improve to 51-9 for the season and keep its NCAA Tournament run alive.
No. 4 Florida Tech softball won the NCAA DII South Region 2 champions Saturday, May 11, as the team took down No. 25 Mississippi College, 5-2. This win also marks the 42nd victory of the season which ties the program record set in 2007. This is also the second time the team has advanced to the Super Regional round of the postseason and first since 2015.
After a barrage of rain forced the Lady Railsplitters to move their Southeast Region 2 championship game from Carson-Newman to their home field on short notice, Lincoln Memorial erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning and advanced to the 2019 NCAA Southeast Super Regional series with a 4-3 walk-off win over the Anderson Trojans. The Lady Railsplitters improved to 38-13 on the season to establish a new single-season record for wins and post the most wins by any LMU program ever while extending the longest postseason run in program history.
The Young Harris College softball team eliminated No. 5 the University of North Georgia in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional No. 1 championship. Louisa Disi and Nikkie Kovalsky combined for a shutout in the 5-0 win in game two of the championship.
Texas A&M Kingsville
The Javelinas erased a three-run deficit with a late comeback, earning a 5-4 win over the Oklahoma Christian Eagles. This victory cemented a place for the Javelinas in the South Central Super Regional for the first time in program history. This win marked 46th of the season for TAMUK, matching a program record, as well as the team's 13th in-a-row.
Aggie softball claimed the South Central Regional 2 Tournament title with a pair of wins against No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday. In their third straight elimination game of the tournament, the Aggies found themselves in a slugfest with the host team TAMUC, as the two teams combined for 22 runs and 24 hits. The Aggies now have 37 wins on the season, riding a four-game win streak into their Super Regional matchup with Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Concordia University Irvine
For the first time in school history, the Concordia University Irvine softball team has advanced to the NCAA DII Super Regional. Behind a dominating performance from PacWest Pitcher of the Year Callie Nunes and a balanced offensive attack, the Eagles eliminated a gritty Western Oregon team on Saturday 5-0 to win their section of the DII West Regional bracket. Nunes leads all NCAA DII pitchers with 33 victories this season. She also ranks in the top five in DII in both strikeouts and ERA. The Modesto, Calif. native recorded career shutout No. 22 on Saturday, moving her within one shutout of tying for second all-time in school history. Ironically, her first career start as a freshman was a no-hitter against Western Oregon back in 2018.
UC San Diego
The No. 14 University of California San Diego softball team will advance to the NCAA Division II West Super Regional following two thrilling victories today over California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rival Chico State on Saturday. In the first game of the day, UC San Diego topped Chico, 5-4, and in game two, the Tritons defeated the Wildcats, 2-1.