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Whitworth to play at ETBU as part of the NCAA Division III tournament

Courtesy: Whitworth Athletics Courtesy: Whitworth Athletics

By Whitworth Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University will travel to play in the Marshall, Texas regional as part of the NCAA Division III softball tournament on Friday.  East Texas Baptist University will host the three-team regional and the University of Texas at Dallas is the third school participating and the region's top-seed.

Whitworth (35-9) advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament for the third time overall and second year in a row.  The Pirates won both the Northwest Conference regular season title and the NWC tournament this season to claim the league's automatic bid.  Whitworth has already set a school record for victories in a season.  The Pirates are ranked 18th in the most recent NFCA Division III Coaches Poll.

Texas Dallas (36-8, ranked 8th) defeated defending national champion Texas-Tyler 7-5 in the championship of the American Southwest Conference tournament to claim the Comets' first-ever ASC title and bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  UT-Dallas is riding a 16-game winning streak.

ETBU is 35-7 after falling 3-2 in the semifinals of the ASC tournament to Texas-Tyler.  The Tigers were the ASC regular season runners-up and are regular participants in the NCAA Division III tournament.  ETBU, ranked 12th in the NFCA poll, earned a national championship in 2010.

As the #3 seed, Whitworth will play UT-Dallas in the first game on Friday then will play host UTBU in the second game on Friday.  The start times are still to be determined.  ETBU and UT-Dallas will play in the first game on Saturday.

The winner of the Marshall Regional will play the champion of the Tyler, Texas regional on May 19-20 in a Super Regional.  The winner of that Super Regional will advance to the eight-team NCAA Division III Finals in Oklahoma City on May 25-30.  

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