BOSTON, Mass.—Defending Little East Conference Champion UMass Boston softball is set to head back to where it all happened a year ago.
The Beacons will travel to D&M Park starting on Thursday morning in an effort to repeat as LEC Champions. Sixth-seeded UMass Boston will open the tournament at 10 a.m., when they face host and top-seeded Plymouth State University in the first game of the six-team tournament.
There will be video and live stats available for every game this weekend on www.littleeast.tv.
Fans can get schedule updates, directions and find links for the conference tournament on Plymouth State's tournament page http://athletics.plymouth.edu/tournaments/sball/2017-18/index or the conference website http://littleeast.com/sports/sball/2017-18/tournament
This weekend's tournament will be played as a double-elimination tournament format. The winner will claim the LEC's automatic qualifier bid and earn a spot in the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Tournament.
As of now, the Beacons schedule will follow one of two paths (there may be changes due to rain in the forecast):
Game 1 - Thursday at 10 a.m. vs #1 Plymouth State University
Game 2 will depend on if the Beacons win or lose Thursday.
If the Beacons win game one: they will play on Friday at 10 a.m. against the loser of #3 University of Southern Maine and #4 Western Connecticut State University (played on Thursday at 2 p.m.).
If the Beacons lose game one: they will play in the fourth game on Thursday (4:00 p.m. scheduled start), aganst the loser of #2 Eastern Connecticut State University and #5 UMass Dartmouth.
April 7 – Plymouth State 4-1
April 7 – UMass Boston 8-6
First Meeting – April 29, 1997
Total Games Played – 48
UMass Boston Wins – 11
Plymouth State Wins – 37
UMass Boston leads 3-1
May 5, 2011 - UMass Boston 4-2 (Elimination Game)
May 4, 2017 – Plymouth State 5-2
May 5, 2017 – UMass Boston 3-1 (LEC Championship Series Game 1)
May 6, 2017 – UMass Boston 6-2 (LEC Championship Series Game 2)
UMass Boston – 1
Plymouth State – 0