ASHLAND, Va. – The Randolph-Macon softball team have earned a bid into the NCAA Softball Tournament and also will host a Regional Tournament at the R-MC Softball Field May 12-14.
"We are very excited to receive an At-Large Bid to the 2017 NCAA DIII Softball Tournament, on top of that, we are looking forward to hosting a Regional," said head R-MC softball coach Kevin Proffitt. "It is our second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past three years and our first chance to host. It is truly a great time for everyone involved with our program."
Randolph-Macon had a tremendous 2017 season, finishing second in the ODAC and compiling a 33-9 overall record, the second best in program history.
During the season, R-MC reached several program records. R-MC gained a NFCA national rank as high as 13 and a regional ranking as high as third. R-MC got off to a 10-0 start, which is a program best.
Randolph-Macon will be the #2 seed in the Regional and will face off against #3 Averett on Friday. Also joining the two schools in the Regional are top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan and fourth seeded Franklin & Marshall. Game times will be finalized this week.
R-MC softball will enter the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. The Yellow Jackets previously entered the tournament after winning the ODAC Championship in 2015 and finished as the regional runner-up.
This will be the first time that Randolph-Macon will host an NCAA Softball Regional.
"We've been working extremely hard since the middle of January and it is very rewarding to be recognized like this at the end of our season," continued Proffitt. "I am really proud of our coaching staff and our players and happy that they will get to have this experience!"
Randolph-Macon joins two fellow ODAC schools (Emory & Henry and Virginia Wesleyan) in the NCAA Tournament.
Individual day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for students, youth under 12 and seniors over 65.
For access to the full tournament (6 or 7 games), tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for students, youth under 12 and seniors of 65.