There will be a first-time champion crowned in Salem, Va., on Monday. Of the eight-team field for the NCAA Division II Finals, half of the field is making its first appearance in the eight-team final. Of the remaining four teams, only Alabama-Huntsville has previous championship game experience, having fallen to Lock Haven in the 2009 title game.

UC San Diego (41-13)
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Nickname: Tritons
Conference: California Collegiate Athletic Association
Head Coach: Patti Gerckens (19th year)
Last Finals Appearance: first appearance
Previous Championships: none

Swept Cal State San Bernardino, 3-1 and 3-1, in Super Regional play. Trailing 1-0 going into the seventh inning of the deciding game, the Tritons posted three runs in their final at-bat to advance to Salem, Va., for the NCAA Finals. UCSD is led by junior pitcher Camille Gaito, whose series-clinching win tied her for the school record for career victories with 61. Gaito has worked all 39 NCAA Tournament innings for the Tritons. Offensively, UCSD is led by senior outfielder Kris Lesovsky, who is hitting .320 on the season with a team-leading 17 doubles and 43 runs scored.

C.W. Post (41-14)
Location: Brookville, N.Y.
Nickname: Pioneers
Conference: East Coast Conference
Head Coach: Jamie Apicella (13th year)
Last Finals Appearance: 2008 (T-7th)
Previous Championships: none

Swept Merrimack, 4-2 and 1-0 in Super Regional play. Senior pitcher Christina Berardi pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout, which kept junior Kendall Bright’s second-inning solo home run as the difference in the second and final game of the Super Regional. This is C.W. Post’s third NCAA Finals appearance after participating in 2007 and 2008. The Pioneers were an at-large selection to the Tournament field out of the East Coast Conference.

Saginaw Valley (40-16)
Location: University Center, Mich.
Nickname: Cardinals
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Interim Head Coach: Tim Rousse (first year)
Last Finals Appearance: first appearance
Previous Championships: none

Swept Grand Valley State, 5-2 and 2-0 in Super Regional play. Senior pitcher Jade Fulton leads the way for the Cardinals, earning NFCA All-Midwest Region first-team honors and GLIAC Pitcher of the Year notice. Fulton ranks fourth in the latest NCAA statistical rankings for strikeouts per seven innings, checking in with 384 strikeouts in 254.0 IP. Offensively, junior outfielder Natalie Wellman leads Saginaw Valley with a .360 batting average, 12 doubles and 40 runs scored. The Cardinals were an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament, having won their GLIAC division but not the regular season or tournament title.

Minnesota State-Mankato (53-14)
Location: Mankato, Minn.
Nickname: Mavericks
Conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Head Coach: Lori Meyer (26th year)
Last Finals Appearance: 1987 (3rd)
Previous Championships: none

Lost opening game of Super Regionals to Augustana, 4-0, won both Saturday games, 3-1 and 5-4 (8 inn). A doubleheader sweep of Augustana on Saturday pushed No. 14 Minnesota State past No. 7 Augustana and punched the Mavericks ticket to the NCAA Finals. After playing regionals weekend at home, Minnesota State traveled to Sioux Falls, S.D., for last weekend’s super regional, the same field where the Mavericks and Vikings had battled for the NSIC Tournament Championship just two weeks earlier. Minnesota State-Mankato was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament as Augustana had captured the NSIC tournament and the accompanying automatic bid.

North Georgia (52-10)
Location: Dahlonega, Ga.
Nickname: Saints
Conference: Peach Belt
Head Coach: Mike Davenport (11th year)
Last Finals Appearance: 2010 (T-5th)
Previous Championships: none

Lost opening game of Super Regionals to Lenoir-Rhyne, 9-7, before sweeping Saturday doubleheader 9-7 and 10-2. The Saints are making a third consecutive NCAA Division II Finals appearance and look to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish when North Georgia suffered its first two losses of the season at the NCAA Finals. Junior Jessica Coan leads the way in the circle for North Georgia with a 0.95 ERA and 27-4 record on the season. She has posted 326 strikeouts over her 213.1 IP this season. Offensively, freshman Ansley Williams is hitting .354 with a team-high 18 stolen bases, 14 home runs and 13 doubles. The Saints dominated the NFCA Louisville Slugger All-Region teams with seven players including five first-teamers and two second-teamers

Indiana (Pa.) (38-6)
Location: Indiana, Pa.
Nickname: Crimson Hawks
Conference: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Head Coach: Bill Graham (2nd season)
Last Finals Appearance: first appearance
Previous Championships: none

Swept Bloomsburg, 3-2 and 2-1 in Super Regional play. A pair of seventh-inning rallies pushed IUP past Bloomsburg and into its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Finals. Friday’s win saw a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh for the win. The dramatics were repeated on Saturday with a one-out two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning from freshman third baseman Mary Ward. The Crimson Hawks are undefeated in 11 postseason games this season, including six at the PSAC Tournament where they won the program’s first conference championship to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Hawks are led by their two NFCA All-Region first-teamers, senior pitcher Erin Holloway and junior first baseman Megan McCormick. Holloway is 27-3 on the season with 236 strikeouts over 201.1 IP. McCormick is hitting .414 on the year with team-highs of seven home runs, 53 RBI, 60 hits and 38 runs scored.

Alabama-Huntsville (45-5-1)
Location: Huntsville, Ala.
Nickname: Chargers
Conference: Gulf South
Head Coach: Les Stuedeman (16th year)
Last Finals Appearance: 2009 (runner-up)
Previous Championships: none

Lost opening game of Super Regionals to West Alabama, 10-5, before sweeping Saturday doubleheader, 6-3 and 8-0. After surrendering nine unanswered runs in the final two innings of Friday’s loss, the Chargers stepped up and posted a pair of wins on Saturday to advance to Salem, Va. The Chargers have just one NFCA First-Team All-South Region selection, freshman Mary Kelley, who is hitting .383 with a team-leading 46 RBI on the season. IN the circle, Whitney Gilbert and Whitney Toler each have over 100 innings pitched this year with Alex Lewis having thrown 80 innings. All three have over 100 strikeouts on the season.

Midwestern State (52-12)
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Nickname: Mustangs
Conference: Lone Star Conference
Head Coach: Brady Tigert (8th year)
Last Finals Appearance: first appearance
Previous Championships: none

Lost opening game of Super Regionals to West Texas A&M, 4-1, before sweeping Saturday doubleheader, 8-2 and 11-2. The Lone Star Conference North Division champions, the Mustangs were able to take two out of three games from LSC South Division rivals and LSC Tournament Champions West Texas A&M to advance to Salem. In the deciding game, nine straight Mustangs reached base, including solo home runs from Courtney Bingham and Kim Jerrick, plus a Mallory Mooney grand slam, as an eight-run seventh inning led the way to the 11-2 win in the deciding game. Midwestern State has three first-team All-South Central selections, including pitcher Brittney Tanner, third baseman Mooney and outfielder Elena Bennett.