Lady Red Hawks compete for spot in National (NAIA) Tournament
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University won a thrilling regular-season finale over Holy Names, 6-5 in 10 innings, to capture the 2010 California Pacific Conference championship and will host a three-team qualifier on April 30-May 1 for a chance to advance to the NAIA national championships. The Red Hawks (34-17, 14-2 Cal Pac) are the top seed in the qualifier, followed by second-seeded Holy Names (24-20, 12-4), and third seed University of Great Falls (16-13). The qualifier is part of an NAIA "unaffiliated grouping" of teams whose conferences do not have enough softball playing members to secure an automatic bid of their own. The Cal Pac (5 teams) and Frontier (1 team) make up the grouping.
The two-day, pressure-packed event starts on the Redding campus this Friday, April 30. The double-elimination format features three "pool play" games on Day 1 with "if necessary" games on Saturday, May 1.
NAIA QUALIFIER - Simpson University - Redding, Calif.
Friday, April 30
12 Noon - #3 Great Falls vs. #1 Simpson
2:00 PM - #2 Holy Names vs. #3 Great Falls
4:00 PM - #1 Simpson vs. #2 Holy Names
Saturday, May 1 (If 3 teams remain)
2:00 PM - #3 vs. #2
4:00 PM - Winner previous game vs. #1
Saturday, May 1 (if 2 teams remain)
2:00 PM - Lower seed vs. Higher seed
4:00 PM - If necessary
The lady Red Hawks finish the season ranked 7th (out of 43 division I and II member schools) in the NCCAA overall standings and were close to breaking into the top 25 nationally in the NAIA rankings. Home field advantage will help as the Red Hawks face a tough opponent in Holy Names University. They must survive the double-elimination qualifier in order to win a bid to the national NAIA tournament.
Support the Red Hawks on April 30 for the NAIA west regional qualifier at the Simpson softball field. First pitch is at noon where the Red Hawks face The University of Great Falls (Montana). Stay up with the latest Simpson University Women's Softball standings, schedules and box scores on the schedules and results page.
Photo by: Paige Barrett
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.