The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team punched its ticket to the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and will play on the campus of Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga. Lenoir-Rhyne (46-11), the third
seed in the tournament, will face sixth-seeded and South Atlantic Conference-rival Catawba (33-17) on Friday at Noon.
Armstrong Atlantic State (44-9), the second seed and host school, plays No. 7 Flagler (34-17) on Friday at 2:30 p.m., in the other contest.
Top-seeded North Georgia (45-8) hosts the other half of the Southeast Regional Tournament in Dahlonega, Ga.
That bracket includes No. 4 Augusta State (31-16), No. 5 Columbus State (39-18) and eighth-seeded King (Tenn.) (34-17).
Lenoir-Rhyne has earned its seventh straight berth to the playoffs and eighth overall in school history.
L-R is also ranked No. 21 in the nation and won both the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships for the third straight year in 2012. The Bears are 24-2 in their last 26 contests as well.
The winners of the regional tournament will meet in the Super Regionals on May 11-12. The 2012 NCAA Division II Women's College World Series will take place on May 16-19 in Louisville, Ky.
2012 NCAA Division II Softball
Southeast Regional Tournament
Savannah, Ga. - May 4-6, 2012
Armstrong Atlantic State, host
Friday, May 4
Game One: No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne (46-11) vs. No. 6 Catawba (33-17), Noon
Game Two: No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State (44-9) vs. No. 7 Flagler (34-17), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5
Game Three: Game One winner vs. Game Two winner, 11:00 a.m.
Game Four: Game One loser vs. Game Two loser, 1:30 p.m.
Game Five: Game Three loser vs. Game Four winner, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6
Game Six (Championship): Game Three winner vs. Game Five winner, Noon
Game Seven (if necessary): 2:30 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: L-R Bears, L-R Athletics