Softball Team to Play in NCAA Tournament

Contact: John Simms
May 8, 2013
WVSU Softball Team to Play in NCAA Tournament
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – TheWest Virginia State University (WVSU) Lady Yellow Jackets are seeded third in this weekend's NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament at Shippensburg University, after winning the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) softball tournament championship Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets, who were ranked 25th nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, finished the season with a 41-12 overall record including an 18-5 conference mark. They will face sixth seeded Kutztown (29-21) at noon Friday. Host Shippensburg (31-11), the second seed, will play seventh seeded Bloomsburg (30-17) at 3:30 p.m. with play in the double-elimination event continuing through Sunday.

This is the second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament for WVSU and the program’s highest seeding.

The team is led by at the plate by sophomore Sabrina Schouten (.459 batting average), junior Mattie Best (.410 average, 46 runs batted in), and senior Desiree Giffin (50 RBI). Seniors Kelsey Lorraine and Sara Pelegreen handled most of the pitching duties this season but freshman Ana Eggleston came on late and was named the Most Valuable Player in the WVIAC tournament.

Sunday’s winner will advance to the super regional May 17-18 at a site to be determined. The finals will be held May 23-27 in Salem, Va.

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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