BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston softball will have a short bus trip to their NCAA Regional this week, when the Beacons head across the Charles River to MIT's Brigg Field.
The Beacons will take on another "Boston Area" school in #15 Tufts in one first round matchup, while the host Engineers will play Framingham State University in the other first round game.
Game Schedule: (Double Elimination) – All Times TBA
Friday - Game 1: Tufts vs. UMass-Boston (Noon)
Friday - Game 2: MIT vs. Framingham State (2:30 p.m.)
Saturday - Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 (11 a.m.)
Saturday - Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (1:30 p.m.)
Saturday - Game 5: Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3 (4:00 p.m.)
Sunday - Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5 (Noon)
Sunday - Game 7: Winner of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 6 (2:30 p.m. If Necessary)
Tickets will be $10 for adults, $7 for for senior citizens, $5 for students, $5 for children over 12 years old and free for children under 12 years.
For more information check out MIT Athletics Tournament Page here.
UMass Boston earned their second-consecutive Little East Conference Tournament Championship over this past weekend. The Beacons, who were the sixth seed in the tournament, went 4-0 to become the first-ever sixth-seed in LEC Softball Tournament history to win the tournament.
Jess Greenspan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player for a second-straight year. The sophomore pitcher went 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 33 innings and threw four complete games and one shutout. She earned LEC Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, while junior Taylor Pawlina (Woonsocket, R.I.) was named the LEC Player of the Week and freshman Kelly Danahy (Kingston, Mass.) took home LEC Rookie of the Week accolades.
This will be the second-consecutive and second overall NCAA Regional appearance for head coach Natalia Ardagna's squad. Last season, the Beacons dropped their opener to Amherst College, before knocking off host Springfield College and Salve Regina University on Day 2 of the Springfield College Regional. The Beacons fell in the regional finals to Amherst to end their most successful season in program history (30-13).
Three-time NCAA Division III National Champion Tufts University is set to make their 17thNCAA Tournament appearance this weekend. After winning the NCAA Title in three-straight years (2013-2015), the Jumbos fell in an NCAA Regional Final in 2016 and missed the tournament last season.
Tufts earned a spot in this year's NCAA Tournament after earning an at-large bid out of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Jumbos fell 5-1 to fellow NCAA Tournament side Williams College in their conference semifinals, but earned a spot after being ranked fifth in the NCAA New England Regional Rankings.
MIT is hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history after winning their first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament Title. The Engineers won each of their final three games, including downing Babson College 2-1 and 3-2 (8 innings) in back-to-back elimination games. The Engineers are making their third-ever NCAA trip after also playing in the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016. In their most recent appearances, MIT made it all the way to the College World Series, before falling to St. John Fisher College in their third game.
MIT is one win shy of tying their program record for wins in a single-season after putting together a 33-7-1 record thus far. The Engineers have gone 19-3 this season at home and 16-2 at Briggs Field over the past month.
Framingham State returns to the NCAA Tournament after earning their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. The second-seeded Rams scored the lone run of the MASCAC Championship in the bottom of the seventh inning against Westfield State University. Senior Dayna Marchant came through with a one-out RBI double to score Camille Desrochers for the game-winning run. Rams ace Kelsi Gunarathne allowed just four hits and struck out 13 in the shutout win.
The Rams come into the week on a five-game winning streak and 24-15 overall. In two meetings with the Beacons this season, UMass Boston swept the host Rams 7-6 and 10-0 (6 innings).