Wednesday, May 1, 2013
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Head coach Jan Reddinger and the Westminster College softball program have played their way into the number one seed and host school for this week's 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Championship Tournament.
The four-team, double-elimination tournament will take place this Thursday-Friday, May 2-3, in New Wilmington, Pa.
Top-seeded Westminster (21-13, 14-4 PAC) will take on fourth-seeded Thomas More College (21-17, 12-6 PAC) in Thursday's opener (11 a.m.), followed by the other opening-round game between third-seeded Washington & Jefferson (24-12, 13-5 PAC) and number two seed Geneva College (20-14, 14-4 PAC) at 1 p.m.
The winners of Thursday's first-round contests will meet in Game C at 3 p.m., followed by the losing teams in the opening-round contests facing off in an elimination Game D at 5 p.m.
On Friday, May 3 the loser of Game C will face the winner of Game D in an elimination game at 11 a.m. for the right to play for the conference crown against the Game C winner at 1 p.m. If both teams have one loss at that point, the "if necessary" game is scheduled to be contested at 3 p.m.
The 2013 PAC Championship Tournament winner will earn the PAC's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Playoffs, with regional round play beginning on Tuesday, May 9.
The Titans were the top vote-getter in the 2013 PAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, released February 16. Westminster collected just two of the first-place votes but accumulated a total of 77 points. The program has made the conference championship tournament in seven of the last eight seasons, winning its first title in 2005 as the number three seed.
The tournament is being held one day earlier than previously announced due to the participation of Geneva, which has an institutional policy prohibiting athletic competition on Sundays. Therefore, the tournament has been moved up one day to allow for Saturday as the tournament rain date.
2013 PAC Softball Championship Tournament
Hosted by Westminster College - New Wilmington, Pa.
Thursday, May 2
Game A: (4) Thomas More (21-17, 12-6 PAC) vs. (1) Westminster (21-13, 14-4 PAC) - 11 a.m.
Game B: (3) Washington & Jefferson (24-12, 13-5 PAC) vs. (2) Geneva (20-14, 14-4 PAC) - 1 p.m.
Game C: Game A winner vs. Game B winner - 3 p.m.
Game D: Game A loser vs. Game B loser - 5 p.m.
Friday, May 3
Game E: Game C loser vs. Game D winner - 1 p.m.
Game F: Game C winner vs. Game E winner - 3 p.m.
Game G: if necessary - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 4
Rain date (note: play cannot continue past Saturday due to Geneva institutional policy on Sunday play)
Click here for the Championship website.
***Courtesy of the Presidents' Athletic Conference
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.