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UHV Softball Heads To Familiar Place For Nationals & STJ And Faith Academy Softball Playoffs

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St. Joe and Faith Academy softball's seasons end Tuesday night. St. Joe loses to Houston Second Baptist, 14-3. Bailey Welch with a two-run single for the Lady Flyers. The Lady Cougars, shut out at Faith Academy Bellville, 10-0. UHV softball is headed to its home away from home to start NAIA national tournament play. 

The University of Houston-Victoria softball team will be making his second trip to Gulf Shores, Ala., this season.

The Jaguars were selected as the No. 3 seed on Tuesday for the Gulf Shores Bracket of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round.

The Jaguars will face off in the opening game of the tournament against No. 2 seed Thomas (Ga.). The other opening game in the four-team bracket will have No. 1 seed University of Mobile going against No. 4 seed Brenau (Ga.).

The Jaguars (30-16) come into the tournament as the champions of the Red River Athletic Conference, while Thomas (38-14) earned its berth winning the SUN Conference tournament.

Mobile (43-13), who is the tournament host, earned the No. 2 at-large bid to the tournament, while Brenau (28-20) enters as the Appalachian Athletic Conference runner-up.

UHV and Thomas will begin play on Monday at 11 a.m., followed by Mobile and Brenau at 1 p.m.

The winner's of the opening-round games will meet on Tuesday at 11 a.m., while the loser's will play at 1 p.m. Tuesday's action wraps up with the loser of the early game facing off against the winner of the 1 p.m. contest in an elimination game at 3 p.m.

The championship is set for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, with an if-necessary game set for 1 p.m.

The Jaguars re-enter the NAIA Top 25 Softball Coaches' Poll on Tuesday receiving votes, while Thomas will enter play ranked No. 12 and Mobile No. 9.  Three Jaguars talked with me about getting the word on Nationals. Said OF-3B Madeline Herrera, "It was very nerve-wracking. We wanted to go to Gulf Shores and when we found out that we were we were so excited. We've already been there and we did so good there. We're excited because we know we're gonna do good." Said center fielder Alyssa Dial, "It was such an unforgettable feeling, especially since we're playing in Gulf Shores. We're familiar with the teams in our bracket and also the fields. We know what to expect, we're not just going in there blindfolded." Said 3B-DP Madison Kucera, "It was awesome. It was surreal. I know we were excited because it was one of the places that we wanted to go to. We weren't hoping for Oregon to happen. That's really, really far. Gulf Shores was one of our go-too's so we were really excited about that."

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