Softball Wins One and Loses One on First Day of NFCA Lead Off Classic

LaGrange, GA - Willamette defeated Western Connecticut State in their first game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic 8-0.

The Bearcats played St. Thomas in their second game today and were defeated 6-1.

Twenty-four of the nation's top Division III teams are competing at the 2004 NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic, March 12-14 at Shuford Fields in LaGrange, Georgia.

Format: There are six pools of four teams each, with the top team from each pool advancing to the Gold Championship. In addition, two other at-large teams will be selected. The remaining second place teams, in addition to four at-large teams, will be chosen for the Silver Championship. The remaining eight teams will be placed in the Bronze Championship.

Pools: The pools were drawn as follows; teams from the same region were not placed with other teams from that region.

Pool 1

Pool 2
Illinois Wesleyan

Pool 3
Wheaton (Mass.)

Pool 4
Bridgewater State
East Texas Baptist
Lake Forest

Pool 5
St. Thomas
Western Connecticut State

Pool 6
Pacific Lutheran
Plattsburgh State

Pool Schedule

Friday's Games

Field 1: Capital vs. Central
Field 2: Bethany vs. Coe
Field 3: LaVerne vs. Maryville
Field 4: Bridgewater State vs. East Texas Baptist
Field 5: St. Thomas vs. Methodist
Field 6: Alma vs. LaGrange

2:30 p.m.
Field 1: Central vs. Moravian
Field 2: Coe vs. Illinois Wesleyan
Field 3: Maryville vs. Muskingum
Field 4: East Texas Baptist vs. Lake Forest
Field 5: Methodist vs. Western Connecticut State
Field 6: LaGrange vs. Plattsburgh State

5:00 p.m.
Field 1: Moravian vs. Roanoke
Field 2: Illinois Wesleyan vs. Ithaca
Field 3: Muskingum vs. Wheaton
Field 4: Lake Forest vs. Muhlenberg
Field 5: Western Connecticut State vs. Willamette
Field 6: Plattsburgh State vs. Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.
Field 1: Roanoke vs. Capital
Field 2: Ithaca vs. Bethany
Field 3: Wheaton vs. LaVerne
Field 4: Muhlenberg vs. Bridgewater State
Field 5: Willamette vs. St. Thomas
Field 6: Pacific Lutheran vs. Alma

Saturday's Games

10:00 a.m.
Field 1: Methodist vs. Willamette
Field 2: LaGrange vs. Pacific Lutheran
Field 3: Maryville vs. Wheaton
Field 4: East Texas Baptist vs. Muhlenberg
Field 5: Central vs. Roanoke
Field 6: Coe vs. Ithaca

12:30 p.m.
Field 1: St. Thomas vs. Western Connecticut State
Field 2: Alma vs. Plattsburgh State
Field 3: LaVerne vs. Muskingum
Field 4: Bridgewater State vs. Lake Forest
Field 5: Capital vs. Moravian
Field 6: Bethany vs. Illinois Wesleyan

Bracket Play: After the end of play Saturday afternoon (after 12:30 p.m. games), the brackets will be developed. An effort will be made to keep teams from playing their pool teams in the first game of bracket play. Saturday bracket play will be at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bracket play will continue Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.