Local Softball Rivals to square off in NCAA East Super regional

After winning three straight last weekend to advance, the No. 3 seed Molloy College softball team will now take on neighboring foe and fifth-seeded Adelphi University in the NCAA Division II East Super Regional at Janet L. Ficke Field in Garden City, N.Y. The best-of-three series will begin Friday, May. 17, with a 3 p.m. first pitch.

NCAA Division logoMolloy (50-12) and Adelphi (41-17), separated by only four miles of traveling distance, go head-to-head for the second time in 2013. The Lions and Panthers split their regular-season twinbill on Mar. 5. The maroon and white, behind a four-hit complete-game shutout from senior pitcher Megan Butterworth, won the opener of that set, 3-0.

The stakes are a little different this time. The winner of the super regional will earn a bid to the NCAA Division II National Championship, which will take place from May 23-27 at Moyer Field in Salem, Va.

Since their first-ever meeting on Mar. 27, 1995, Adelphi has had the upper hand, sporting a to-date mark of 26-10-1. However, Molloy has won four of the last five contests - three of which occurred in postseason play (ECC Tournament (at NYIT) in 2009, NCAA Division II East Sub-Regional (at LIU Post) in 2012).

For complete information, including directions, ticket prices, and more, on the NCAA Division II East Super Regional, please continue to check back at www.MolloyLions.com, or visit www.AUPanthers.com.

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