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Thursday, May 10, 2007


Can Monmouth win this? I don't think it has enough pitching, in my opinion.

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University softball team has enjoyed one of their finest seasons in recent memory after going 30-16 and 13-5 in Northeast Conference play in 2007.

Monmouth advanced to the NEC Tournament last Saturday evening after Central Connecticut State lost to Wagner, and the Hawks solidified the third seed in the tournament after defeating Sacred Heart in game one of a doubleheader this past Sunday.

Monmouth advances to the league tournament for the first time since 2004, and the Hawks’ 30 wins are their most in a season since 2000.

The 2007 NEC Softball Championships will be held on May 11-12 at Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, N.J., and Long Island, the high seed, will serve as the host. The championship consists of a four-team, double-elimination tournament comprised of six or seven games over two days.

The top four teams based on regular season conference winning percentage qualify for the NEC Tournament and they were, in seed order, Long Island, Wagner, Monmouth and Quinnipiac.

First round tournament pairings on Friday morning pit NEC regular season champions and #1 seed Long Island against the #4 seed Quinnipiac at 10:00 am, followed by the second game featuring the #2 seed Wagner and the #3 seed Monmouth at 12:30 pm.

The loser of each game will then face each other in an elimination game at 3:00 pm (game three). The winners of the first two games will then go head-to-head at 5:30 pm with the victorious team advancing to the championship game.

Play on Saturday will open with the final elimination game at 10:00 am with the championship game following at 12:30 pm. The conference champion will go on to NCAA regionals on the weekend of May 18-20.


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