ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend softball team received their eighth overall bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) DIII Softball Championships, announced on Monday afternoon.
The Lions are the fourth seed and will travel to Reading, Pennsylvania to play the fifth-seed Alvernia for a first-round game on Wednesday. Time is to be determined. If Behrend wins its first-round game, they will host the semifinals and finals beginning on Saturday.
Behrend returns to the ECAC Tournament for the first time since the 2014 season in search for its first title. This year, the Lions won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) regular-season championship with a 14-4 mark to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The Lions fell to Mt. Aloysius 6-3 in the championship game of AMCC Tournament on Sunday.
Behrend (30-12) and Alvernia (23-13) will square off for the second time in program history. The teams met in the ECAC Tournament back in 2014 in first-round action. The Crusaders enter postseason after falling to Lebanon Valley 7-5 in the Commonwealth Conference Tournament on Saturday.
First Round - Wednesday, May 9 at campus sites
*Game times are TBD
*Game 1: No. 1 Pfeiffer University (35-5) at No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham (19-17)
*Game 2: No. 4 Penn State Behrend (30-12) at No. 5 Alvernia University (23-13)
*Game 3: No. 6 New York University (20-20) at No. 3 Rutgers University-Newark (21-16)
*Game 4: No. 7 Neumann University (24-16) at No. 2 Westminster College (27-9)
Semifinals - Saturday, May 12 - TBD^
*Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
*Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Championship - Sunday, May 13 - TBD^
*Game 7: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6