Saint Leo Softball set to host NCAA South Region 2

Saint Leo Softball set to host NCAA South Region 2

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SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo softball, ranked No. 14 in the nation and No. 2 in the South Region, was selected to host the NCAA Division II Softball South Regional 2, announced Monday morning by the selection committee.

The Lions (37-13) will host four teams No. 3 seed Alabama-Huntsville (41-15), No. 6 seed Lee (33-18), and No. 7 seed North Alabama (30-18). This will mark the first time in program history Saint Leo will host a softball regional. 

The bracket is double elimination and the schedule will showcase two games Thursday before three games Friday and potentially two games Saturday. The winner of the South Region 2 will go on to face the winner of the South Region 1, at the highest remaining seed on May 18-19.

Saint Leo was awarded the Sunshine State Conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament after the Lions won their second consecutive SSC title, and third in five years, with a 17-7 record. The Lions won the title after defeating Rollins 2-1 in their final series of the season putting pressure on the trailing Tampa Spartans. Down the stretch, Tampa dropped four of their final six games to finish second in the SSC standings thanks to Eckerd and Florida Southern. The Moccasins defeated Tampa 9-6 in game two of their series to solidify that the SSC trophy would be headed to Saint Leo. Saint Leo is the lone representative from the Sunshine State Conference. The Lions posted a 37-13 record on the year and are heading to the postseason for the second straight year. 

The 37 wins mark the 17th time in program history the team has eclipsed 30 wins in a season and the 11th time they have recorded 35 or more wins.

Since returning to her alma mater, head coach Erin Kinberger has guided her teams to 37 wins or more in her third straight season. Kinberger has tallied 39-12 and 39-8 records in her first two seasons and looks to build on their 37-13 mark heading into the postseason.

For more information on the Saint Leo softball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

2017 South Region 2 Bracket
Thursday, May 11
Game 1 – 12:00 pm - #7 North Alabama ... vs #2 Saint Leo
Game 2 – 3:00 pm – #6 Lee vs #3 Ala.-Huntsville

Friday, May 12
Game 3 – 12:00 pm - Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 1
Game 4 – 3:00 pm - Loser Game 2 vs Loser Game 1
Game 5 – 6:00 pm - Loser Game 4 vs Loser Game 3

Saturday, May 13
Game 6 – 12:00 pm - Winner Game 5 vs Winner Game 3
*Game 7 – 3:00 pm - Loser Game 6 vs Winner Game 6

*if necessary