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May 08, 2006

Eagles grab first NCAA II Tournament bid since 1998,
Play GLIAC's Wayne State in three-six match-up

NCAA II Great Lakes Region Bracket

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana softball team was awarded an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since 1998 by the NCAA Championship Committee early Monday morning.

USI (37-16) is the third seed in the eight-team Great Lakes Region Tournament and plays the sixth-seed, Wayne State University, in the first round on Thursday in Edwardsville, Illinois. First pitch is slated for 9:30 a.m.

If the Screaming Eagles win Thursday, they will play the winner of the game between second-seeded Gannon University and seventh-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan College Friday at 2:30 p.m. A loss in the first round would mean that USI would square off against the loser of that game Friday at 9:30 a.m.

GLVC champion Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is the host and the top seed, and plays GLIAC Tournament champion Grand Valley State University, which is the eighth seed, in the first round.

The other first-round match-up pits fourth-seeded Lewis University and fifth-seeded Northern Kentucky University.

This year's tournament will have four games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Championship round is Sunday, while the "if necessary game" is next Monday.

Thursday, May 11
Game 1: #3 S. Indiana vs. #6 Wayne State, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2: #2 Gannon vs. #7 WV Wesleyan, Noon
Game 3: #4 Lewis vs. #5 N. Kentucky, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4: #1 SIU Edwardsville vs. #8 Grand Valley State, 5 p.m.

Friday, May 12
Game 5: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 9:30 a.m.
Game 6: Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, Noon
Game 7: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 13
Game 9: Loser of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 6, 9:30 a.m.
Game 10: Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 5, Noon
Game 11: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, 2:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 9, 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 14
Game 13: Winner of Game 12 vs. Loser of Game 11, Noon
Game 14: Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 11, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, May 15
Game 15: played only if the winner of game 13 defeats the winner of game 11, 1 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
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