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NCAA Division II Tournament Play Begins

 The road to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship started today on 16 campus sites across the nation. For the complete listing of pairings in the 64-team field spread over 16 regional sites,click here

This is the first season that NCAA Division II Softball will be using the regionals/super regionals format that has been used by Division I since 2005. 

Four teams will participate at each of the 16 regional sites in double-elimination tournaments. Regional competition will be held May 8-10. Winners will advance to the super regionals May 15-16. The finals will be held May 21-25 in Salem, Va., at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex. 

Lock Haven and Kutzotwn play host to the Atlantic Region sites. Lock Haven checks in at 40-6 entering postseason play and advanced to the national semifinals in 2008. They will host California (PA), Shippensburg and Bowie State. Kutztown hosts Bloomsburg, West Virginia Wesleyan and West Chester. 

In the Central Region, top seed Winona State and second seed Metropolitan State will host regional sites. Winona State plays host to Wayne State (NE), Minnesota State Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State while Metro State hosts Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo and Mesa State. 

East Regional host sites are top-seeded Le Moyne and second-seeded C.W. Post. Le Moyne hosts Caldwell, Dowling and Dominican (NY). C.W. Post will host Georgian Court, Southern Connecticut State and New Haven. 

The South Region features host schools Alabama-Huntsville as the top seed in the region and Valdosta State as the regional second seed. UAH will play host to Rollins, West Florida and Miles, while Valdosta State hosts Florida Southern, Nova Southeastern and Tampa. 

Two participants from last year’s Division II finals in Houston, Texas, are in the field for the South Central Regional. Fourth-seeded Emporia State, last year’s NCAA Runner-Up, travels to top seed Angelo State along with Nebraska-Omaha and 2008 semifinalist St. Edward’s. Second seed Southeastern Oklahoma plays host to Abilene Christian, Missouri Western State and Central Missouri. 

Southeast Region sites will be played at top seed North Georgia and third seeded Lenoir-Rhyne. Traveling to North Georgia’s campus will be Augusta State, Wingate and Queens (NC). Second-seed USC Aiken travels to Lenoir-Rhyne along with Georgia College & State and Carson-Newman. 

Defending NCAA Champion Humboldt State is the top seed in the West Region. Humboldt will host a regional site featuring Cal State Stanislaus, Montana State-Billings and Sonoma State. Second seed Hawaii Pacific travels to Dixie State along with Cal State Monterrey Bay and UC San Diego.