Field of 61 ready for play
Top-ranked Emory and defending champ Linfield headline field
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 61 teams that will compete in the 2012 Division III Softball Championship.
Six teams will compete at one regional site, seven teams will compete at one regional site and eight teams will compete at six regional sites. The eight regional sites will use a double-elimination format.
The six-team and seven-team regional rounds will be held May 11-14, and the eight-team regional rounds will be held May 10-14. The finals, hosted by the City of Salem and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, will be held May 18-22 at the Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.
Forty-one conferences received automatic qualification (Pool A). Two schools were selected from Pool B, which includes independent schools and schools from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. The 18 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining schools in Pool B.
In 2011, Linfield defeated Christopher Newport to capture its second championship in five years. Linfield finished with 51 wins and only three losses, setting a Division III record for victories in a season.
The conferences and teams that received automatic qualification to the 2012 championship field included:
|Conference||Automatic Qualifying Schools|
|Allegheny Mountain Collegiate||Penn State-Behrend|
|City University of New York Athletic||Baruch|
|College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin||Illinois Wesleyan|
|Colonial States Athletic||Centenary (N.J.)|
|Commonwealth Coast||University of New England|
|Great Northeast Athletic||Saint Joseph’s (Maine)|
|Great South Athletic||Huntingdon|
|Heartland Collegiate Athletic||Anderson (Ind.)|
|Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic||Central (Iowa)|
|Little East||Eastern Connecticut State|
|Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic||Salem State|
|Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Alma|
|Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic||St. Thomas (Minn.)|
|New England Collegiate||Lesley|
|New England Small College Athletic||Tufts|
|New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic||Coast Guard|
|New Jersey Athletic||Rowan|
|North Coast Athletic||Denison|
|North Eastern Athletic||Keuka|
|Northern Athletics||Benedictine (Ill.)|
|Ohio Athletic||John Carroll|
|Old Dominion Athletic||Roanoke|
|Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic||Claremont-Mudd-Scripps|
|Southern Collegiate Athletic||Birmingham-Southern|
|St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic||Fontbonne|
|State University of New York Athletic||Plattsburgh State|
|Upper Midwest Athletic||St. Scholastica|
|USA South Athletic||Ferrum|
|Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic||Wisconsin-River Falls|
|Pool B Qualifiers||Pool C Qualifiers|
|St. John Fisher|