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Lady Lions to Face Top-Ranked Salisbury in NCAA Regionals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - On Monday morning, the NCAA Division III Softball Committee announced the 62 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship. Penn State Altoona will be sent to the Salem Region bracket, where they will open the tournament against Salisbury University (Md.) on Thursday, May 9 at 10:00 AM.
All games in the Salem Region will be hosted at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
The Lady Lions won their first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title on Sunday, earning the automatic bid to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance. They were given the eighth seed in the eight-team regional bracket, and they enter the postseason with a 27-10 overall record.
Penn State Altoona is led by its two primary starting pitchers, senior Jackie Smith (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg) and sophomore Raychel DeArmitt (Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte). Smith has an 11-2 record with a 2.18 earned run average this season, and she has tossed four shutouts. DeArmitt is 9-4 with a 1.88 ERA, striking out 96 batters in 78 1/3 innings.
Sophomore first baseman Kelly Chambers (Snow Shoe, PA/Bald Eagle) is Penn State Altoona's top hitter, batting .373 with eight home runs, 10 doubles, and 28 runs batted in.
Salisbury enters the postseason as the #1 ranked team in NCAA Division III softball. The Seagulls hold a 35-2 overall record and were crowned the champions of the Capital Athletic Conference on April 27.
Salisbury has a dominant starting pitcher in sophomore Rachel Johnson. She holds a 22-1 record and a 0.62 ERA while striking out 275 batters in 147 innings.
The Seagulls' senior shortstop Hannah Mills has hit a team-high nine home runs this season to go along with a .370 batting average. Senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl leads the team with a .453 average and is second with eight home runs.
Thursday's matchup will be the first time that Penn State Altoona and Salisbury have faced each other in softball.
To view the Salem Region bracket, go to http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/springbrackets/2013softball/DIIIRegional_Bracket_Salem_VA_2013.pdf .
For information about Roanoke College and the Salem Region of the NCAA Division III Tournament, visit http://maroons.roanoke.edu/sports/2013/5/1/SB_0501134811.aspx?id=243 .
Penn State Altoona's live video broadcast of each game in which the Lady Lions play will be streamed here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/penn-state-altoona-athletics .
The Roanoke live video stream will be available at this link: http://maroons.roanoke.edu/showcase/ .
Live stats will be at this link: http://www.sidearmstats.com/roanoke/softball/scoreboard.aspx .