Farmingdale, N.Y. - The NCAA has announced the 62-team field that will compete for the Division III Softball Championship in Tyler, Texas on May 22-27.
The NCAA has made a change in its regional format for the 2014 NCAA Division III Softball Championship. This year the event will feature 16 regional championships (14 four-team sites and two three-team sites) with a standard double-elimination format. The 16 regional winners will advance to eight super regional sites and play a best-of-three series for the right to move onto the World Series.
The Farmingdale State softball team will head to Montclair State University for the Montclair Regional beginning on Friday, May 9th. The Rams (23-12) earned the fourth seed and will face top-ranked Montclair State (36-6) in their opening round game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The other first round matchup will feature Haverford College (27-9) vs. Wheaton College (Mass.) (30-10).
Farmingdale State captured their fourth consecutive Skyline Conference Championship this season after posting a 3-0 record in the playoffs. Farmingdale State defeated Sage 10-0 in the Finals as junior pitcher Taylor Webb (West Babylon, N.Y.) threw a no-hitter to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA's.
Montclair State earned one of the 19 at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament after falling 3-2 to Kean in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship.
Haverford received an automatic bid to the Tournament after winning their second Centennial Conference Title in school history. The Fords defeated top-seeded Muhlenberg College 6-2 in the championship game.
Wheaton (Mass.) earned an at-large bid after a 6-2 loss at the hands of William Smith in the NEWMAC Tournament.
The winner of the Montclair Regional will face the Kean Regional winner in the Super Regionals.