Day 1 of the #RoadToClermont took place yesterday, here is the recap from the NAIA Softball Office!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Day 1 is in the books at the 2017 NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round. The four-team, double-elimination event from 10 different sites continues Tuesday. Championship games are scheduled for Wednesday. Below are some highlights.
• All 20 games were played on Day One of the Softball National Championship Opening Round. Overall, three No. 1 seeds lost to the No. 4 team. Top seeds to fall were Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Morningside (Iowa) and St. Francis (Ill.).
• Defending national champion Oklahoma City had a strong start to the Opening Round with a 9-0, run-ruled victory over No. 4 Kansas Wesleyan in the Oklahoma City Bracket. McRae Cayton and Madison Ellis each knocked a home run as the Stars tallied 10 hits as a team.
• Today, the hosts went 7-3 and the all-time Opening Round hosts record now stands at 105-45.
• Since the opening round format began in 2013, the top seed has been the champion in 27-of-40 events. The No. 2 seed has won nine Opening Rounds, while No. 3 College of Idaho (in 2014), No. 3 Dickinson State (N.D.) (in 2015) and No. 3 Williams Baptist (Ark.) (2016) are the only No. 3 seeds to win their events. A No. 4 seed won their bracket for the first time in 2016 with Webber International (Fla.) winning the Reinhardt (Ga.) Bracket with a record of 3-0.
• The official 10-team World Series bracket will be announced late on Wednesday on NAIA.org after all Opening Rounds have been completed. The World Series is scheduled for May 26 – June 1 in Clermont, Fla., at the Legends Way Ball Fields. PFX Athletics is hosting for the first time. For ticket information, click here.
• For more information on the 2017 NAIA Softball National Championship, click here. Follow along with live updates on the NAIA social media accounts on Twitter (@NAIA), Facebook (@PlayNAIA) and Instagram (@playnaia) using #NAIASoftball.
PFX Athletics is a non-profit organization dedicated to opening the doors of opportunity for women and girls through sport. Since 1996, we have focused on advancement of women and girls through the sport of fastpitch softball. Our home is at Legends Way Ballfields at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida.