CLEARWATER, Fla. – Four teams posted 2-0 marks on day two of the 2024 NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic. Iowa, South Alabama and Missouri opened their 2024 campaigns with two victories apiece, while No. 5 Clemson improved to 2-0 with a tough 3-2 win over Indiana.
Oregon (2-1) also enjoyed a 2-0 Friday as it rebounded from a season-opening defeat by knocking off Kansas, 5-3, and Liberty, 8-0 in five frames. Iowa posted two shutout wins over NC State, 2-0, and Western Kentucky, 8-0, in five innings. South Alabama’s offense recorded 13 runs in 8-0 and 5-1 triumphs over North Carolina Central and Notre Dame, while the Tigers edged No. 13 Utah, 4-3, and thumped NC State, 13-0 in five innings. The win over the Utes earned Mizzou head coach and NFCA President Larissa Anderson her 300th career victory.
All games throughout the tournament are streamed live on NFCA Official Sponsor GameChanger’s app (free). The sole streaming provider will run live video streams, which can be viewed on a phone, tablet and desktop with games on Fields 8 & 9 featuring a multi-camera broadcast, play-by-play and analysis.
Along with Clemson, several teams captured one win on their opening day of play. Notre Dame and Western Kentucky earned shutouts over Central Arkansas and Missouri State, while NCCU and Missouri State were victorious in eight innings versus Central Arkansas and Army West Point. Additionally Utah topped the Black Knights, 7-2, with Liberty and Kansas turning out 3-1 and 6-1 wins over St. John’s.
Saturday kicks off with pair of games at 10:00 a.m. ET with Missouri State vs. NC State and Army West Point vs. Western Kentucky. The highlight of the day will be the first-ever live collegiate softball games to be televised on MLB Network. The tripleheader begins at 1:00 p.m. with Utah taking on Notre Dame, followed by Liberty and Missouri at 4:00 p.m. A top-15 matchup concludes the broadcast coverage as No. 15 Oregon battles No. 5 Clemson at 7:00 p.m.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its competitive Leadoff Classics, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from a highly-regarded Awards Program to a comprehensive drills database, to in-person events and a National Convention.