VIRGINIA BOUND: CSI SOFTBALL HEADING SOUTH FOR NCAA REGIONAL

The College of Staten Island women’s softball team punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament this weekend by virtue of their back-to-back CUNYAC Championship win, and today the Dolphins received their destination. The Dolphins will be heading to Norfolk, Virginia, to play in a four-team, double-elimination field at Virginia-Wesleyan University.

CSI will match up with the host Marlins first. VWU ripped to a 37-5 overall record this season, winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Also participating in the field is Catholic University (23-13) and Christopher Newport University (35-6).

The dates and times for the games are yet to be determined, but information will be available after a conference call later today with the NCAA and all four institutions. A total of 62 teams make up the tournament field. The Regional Round takes place May 9-11, and will feature a double-elimination style format.

2014 marks CSI’s seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament. They hold an all-time record of 2-12 in NCAA Tournament play, never having escaped the regional round. CSI’s last win in regional play came in 2007, a 5-3 win over Kings College. CSI holds a 2-1 record all-time against Virginia-Wesleyan, but the last meeting against the two sides was way back in 1990, when CSI took both ends of a doubleheader. CSI has never faced Catholic or Christopher Newport.

Be sure to check back to www.csidolphins.com for the latest information as it becomes available.