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NJCAA DI Softball Championship Up For Grabs This Weekend in St. George - Tournament Preview
 May 18, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NJCAA Division 1 Softball Championship is set for action to take place May 20-22 at Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.  The 16-team tournament field and seeding was finalized on Sunday, May 16.

Click here to view the official tournament bracket.

For more information visit the official tournament website at:

Fans can also watch all the action LIVE courtesy of NJCAA TV and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting.

Below is a closer look at each of the participating teams along with the official tournament schedule.

District A (Region 1):  Yavapai College, Ariz. (50-14)
- The Roughriders return to the National Championship tournament as the defending national champions.  This will be Yavapai's third straight trip to the national tournament (3rd overall) after squeaking out a 5-4 victory over Pima Community College (Ariz.) in the Region 1 Championship.  Freshman Alex Landon and sophomore Audrey Workman have been nearly unhittable for the Roughriders this season carrying a combined ERA of 1.96 through 359 innings of work with 335 strikeouts under their belt.  While these two stave off the opponents' attack, the offense puts together hit after hit holding a team batting average of .422 and averaging just over seven runs per game.

District B (Region 2):  Seminole State College, Okla. (43-12) - The Trojans are making their sixth appearance in the national tournament since 1999.  Their highest rankings came in 2003 and 2009 when they finished just out of the championship in 3rd place.  Seminole State enters the tournament at the behest of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College whom they defeated 8-0 in the Region 2 Championship.  2009 NJCAA Second Team All-American Katie Campbell, who holds a .477 average with 49 RBI's and 13 extra-base hits, leads the Trojans offensively. 

District C (Region 5a): Odessa College, Texas (33-27) - The Wranglers will participate in their fourth Division 1 Softball Championship in school history and second in a row.  Odessa's first appearance came in 2005 as well as their highest finish with a final standing of 3rd.  The Wranglers came by way of defeating Midland College 5-3 in the Region 5a Championship.  Freshman Kristy Smith is the offensive leader for Odessa in terms of average, hitting .433 heading into the tournament with 52 RBI's and an incredible 23 doubles.

District D (Region 5b):  Temple College, Texas (33-20) - The Leopards are have arrived in the tournament for the third time in school history with their first two appearances coming in 2005 and 2006.  Temple College edged out McLennan Community College in the Region 5b Championship by a score of 3-2 to punch their ticket to the tournament.  Sophomore Caitlin Austin has done tremendous work in the circle for Temple, as she possesses a record of 20-6 with a 1.32 ERA and 236 strikeouts through 175.1 innings of work.   Offensively, sophomore Tayler Trojcak is the big producer for Temple as she wields a .441 average with 48 RBI's and 16 Extra-base hits.

District E (Region 6):  Seward County Community College (47-12) - The Saints are taking their second consecutive trip to the Division 1 National Championship Tournament.  Last year, the Saints were unable to secure placing in the tournament but are looking to change things this time around.  Seward County enters the tournament after defeating Garden City Community College by a score of 3-1 in the Region 6 Championship.  Sophomore Erin Roufosse is the ace of the pitching staff with a record of 24-5, an ERA of 0.71 and 182 strikeouts through 197.1 innings pitched.  Sophomore Marissa Coats is the leader offensively heading into the tournament hitting .399 with 51 RBI's and 14 extra-base hits. 

District F (Region 7): Chattanooga State Community College, Tenn. (51-12) - The Tigers are making an incredible 13th straight appearance in the Division 1 Softball Championship Tournament.  Chattanooga State is yet to grab a softball national championship or even make it to the championship game in all their years of participation.  The Tigers best finish came in 2008 when they finished in 3rd place.  They are here after defeating Motlow State Community College 3-1 in the Region 7 Softball Championship.  The Tigers have two power pitchers in sophomore's Kendall Bruning and Haley Workman.  Combined, the two have a daunting ERA of 1.15 with 463 strikeouts through 318 innings of work.  Bruning is also tied for 1st in the nation with 20 home runs on the season.

District G (Region 8a):  Miami Dade College, Fla. (45-6-1) - The Sharks are entering just their second Division 1 National Tournament in school history with their first appearance coming in 2007.  Miami Dade had to play a 10-inning game to get by Seminole State College of Florida in their first of two games winning with a score of 7-6.  In game two, the Sharks came out with a fury and won 9-1 to win the Region 8a Championship.  However, in the Region 8 Championship game, Miami Dade did not fare as well, losing to Region 8b champion Chipola College by a score of 14-0.  The Sharks are driven by strong pitching from sophomores Erika Bennett and Geovanny Nunez, who together, have a staggering ERA of 0.36 with 293 strikeouts through 234 innings pitched.  Nunez owns the lowest ERA in the nation at 0.36 and Bennett owns the third lowest ERA in the nation with a 0.46.

District H (Region 8b): Chipola College, Fla. (47-11) - The Indians are making their second appearance in the last four years.  In 2007, Chipola won the national championship in their first ever trip to the national tournament.  To get to this year's tournament, the Indians outslugged State College of Florida 13-8 in the Region 8b Championship.  Chipola is the Region 8 Champion after defeating Miami Dade College 14-0 in the Region 8 title game.  Freshman Emma Stevenson has been dominant for Chipola in the circle this year, carrying an ERA of 1.01 with 141 strikeouts through 164 innings of work.  Sophomores Kellie Todd and Nicole Roddy have been offensive leaders for the Indians this year as Todd is hitting .435 with 31 RBI's and Roddy is hitting .418 with 35 RBI's.

District I (Region 9):  Western Nebraska Community College (43-19) - The Cougars are in the national tournament making it their second appearance in school history.  The first came in 2008, but Western Nebraska was unable to secure a placing in that effort.  The Cougars drubbed Trinidad Community College in the Region 9 Championship by a score of 11-2.  Leading the way offensively is the outstanding play of sophomore Katie Groves who is hitting .505 with 86 RBI's, 26 extra-base hits, and tied for 6th in the nation with 15 home runs.  As a team, the Cougars are hitting .360 with 11 players hitting above .300 and two above .400.

District J (Region 10):  Pitt Community College, N.C. - The Bulldogs are making their first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division 1 Softball National Championship Tournament.  Coming out of Region 10, Pitt CC defeated Spartanburg Methodist by a score of 3-0 in the Championship to move on.  The Bulldogs are riding on the arm of sophomore pitcher Charity Watson who has put up record breaking numbers all season long.  Watson has been almost untouchable this season with a 0.42 ERA (tied for 9th all time), 431 strikeouts (currently leads NJCAA; 2nd all time), and averaging 1.72 strikeouts/innings (3rd all time).  Offensively, freshman Christie Brown is leading the way in terms of batting average, hitting .452 with 34 runs.

District K (Region 11, 16):  Indian Hills Community College, Iowa (33-22) - The Warriors have entered double digits in terms of appearances in the Division 1 Softball Championship with this being their 10th trip all time.  Their last appearance came in 2005, however it ended without the Warriors making a whole lot of a splash and failing to secure a place.  Indian Hills has made their way here by defeating Muscatine Community College 4-3 in the Region 11 Championship.  On both sides of the fence, the Warriors are extremely well balanced with any player capable of stepping in and performing wherever the team needs.

District L (Region14, 23):  Blinn College, Texas (44-9) - The Buccaneers will be making their fifth trip to the national tournament this year with goals of improving upon last year's performance that left them with a 4th place finish.  Blinn enters this year's tournament after defeating Navarro College 8-4 in the Region 14 Championship.  Freshman Tara Bell has been a force to be reckoned with in the circle for the Bucs this season with a 1.02 ERA and 122 strikeouts through 178 innings.  Fellow freshman Brittany Arredondo is the leader at the plate with a .413 batting average, 22 RBI's, and 59 runs.

District M (Region 17):  Georgia Perimeter College (28-13) - The Jaguars will be making just their second trip to the national tournament this year.  The first appearance for Georgia Perimeter came in 2007, but was unsuccessful as they were not able to secure a final place.  The Jags slipped by Darton College in the Region 17 Championship by a score of 4-3.  Georgia Perimeter is relying heavily on the arm of freshman Christina Ezel who has put up incredible numbers inside the circle this year.  Ezel carries a 0.95 ERA with 334 strikeouts (10th all-time), averaging 1.89 strikeouts/innings (T-1st all time).  Sophomore Caitlin Peisel leads the team offensively with a .449 average, 33 RBI's, 34 runs, and 14 extra-base hits.

District N (Region 18):  Salt Lake Community College, Utah (59-3) - The Bruins are making their third showing in the national tournament since 2004 after defeating College of Southern Idaho 6-2 in the Region 18 Championship.  CSI was just one of two teams to defeat the Bruins all season long, the other being College of Southern Nevada.  Salt Lake CC boasts one of the most successful pitching staffs in the country with three pitchers holing ERA's below 2.00.  Sophomore Cyd Allen anchors the Bruin offense, hitting .532 with 82 RBI's, 62 runs, and 19 extra-base hits.  With a stalwart pitching staff and an offense that has put up big numbers all season, the Bruins are heading into the tournament with high hopes of bring home a national championship. 

District O (Region 22):  Wallace State Community College-Hanceville, Ala. (56-7) - The Lions are making their sixth trip to the tournament in the last eight years.  In 2008, Wallace State CC-Hanceville took home the national championship and came close in 2009 but lost to Yavapai in the title game.  The Lions fought past Central Alabama Community College in the Region 22 title game, winning by a score of just 1-0.  Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Dennis has been outstanding for the Lions with a record of 26-0 holding an ERA of just 0.55 with 230 strikeouts.  Offensively this team can string together hits at any spot in the lineup with nine players hitting .300 or better.

District P (Region 24):  John A. Logan College, Ill. (38-9) - The Volunteers are making their first trip to the NJCAA Division 1 Softball National Championship Tournament this year.  To punch their ticket, the Volunteers first had to get past Lake Land College in the Region 24 Championship.  They did so by a score of 4-2.  John A. Logan is a scary team offensively hitting .383 as a team with almost the entire roster hitting above .300.  The Volunteers have frustrated pitchers all season long with the depth of their lineup. 

Complete Tournament Schedule:

First Round - May 20th
Game 1 - Salt Lake CC, Utah vs. Pitt CC, NC
Game 2 - Seward County CC, Kan. vs. Seminole State CC, Okla.
Game 3 - Yavapai College, Ariz. vs. Indian Hills CC, Iowa
Game 4 - John A. Logan College, Ill. vs. Wallace State CC, Ala.
Game 5 - Miami Dade College, Fla. vs. Western Nebraska CC, Neb.
Game 6 - Blinn College, Tex. vs. Temple College, Tex.
Game 7 - Chattanooga State CTC, Tenn. vs. Odessa College, Tex.
Game 8 - Georgia Perimeter College, Ga. vs. Chipola College, Fla. 
Game 9 - Loser G1 vs. Loser G2
Game 10- Loser G3 vs. Loser G4
Game 11 - Loser G5 vs. Loser G6
Game 12 - Loser G7 vs. Loser G8
Game 13 - Winner G1 vs. Winner G2
Game 14 - Winner G3 vs. Winner G4
Game 15 - Winner G5 vs. Winner G6
Game 16: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8

Day 2 - May 21st
Game 17 - Winner G12 vs. Loser G13
Game 18 - Winner G11 vs. Loser G14
Game 19 - Winner G10 vs. Loser G15
Game 20 - Winner G9 vs. Loser G16
Game 21 - Winner G13 vs. Winner G14
Game 22 - Winner G15 vs. Winner G16
Game 23 - Winner G19 vs. Winner G20
Game 24 - Winner G18 vs. Winner G17
Game 25 - Winner G23 vs. Loser G22
Game 26 - Winner G24 vs. Loser G21
Game 27 - Winner G21 vs. Winner G22

Championship Round - May 22nd
Game 28 - Winner G25 vs. Winner G26
Game 29 - Winner G28 vs. Loser G27
Game 30 - Winner G27 vs. Winner G29
Game 31 - if necessary (only if Loser of Game 30 has just one loss)




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