UHV softball team heading to the NAIA World Series
UHV softball enters World Series as No. 10 seed
VICTORIA,Texas– The University of Houston-Victoria Jaguars softball team has cherished the underdog role this postseason and have found the right formula to win.
The Jaguars will once again be entering their third postseason series as an underdog with the No. 10 seed in the 40th annual NAIA Softball World Series that begins on Thursday, May 27 in Columbus, Ga.
The Jaguars will be making their first-ever World Series appearance since the NAIA changed the postseason format in 2013 going to an opening round bracket format to qualify for the World Series.
The Jaguars have been to two previous NAIA National Championship Tournaments, but failed to advance out of pool play each time in 2009 and 2012.
The Jaguars (22-21) will open play against the only other fourth-seed bracket winner Mount Mercy (36-15) on Thursday at 9 a.m. The winner will face No. 2 seed Oregon Tech (46-8) in a winner’s bracket game on Friday at 3 p.m.
The loser of Thursday’s opening game will face the loser of the Olivet Nazarene (34-6)-Madonna (33-9) game on Friday at noon in an elimination game.
The other teams reaching the World Series include 2019 defending champion and top-ranked Southern Oregon (49-5), College of Idaho (42-17), Ottawa, Kan. (44-5), Milligan, Tenn. (32-7), and Bethany, Kan. (29-27).
Mount Mercy reached the World Series winning the Columbia (Mo.) Bracket. Mount Mercy opened play with a 4-1 win over Columbia (Mo.) and then defeated IU-Southeast 1-0 to reach the championship. They then had to go two games with IUSE in the championship to claim the title with a 2-1 win in the final game after a 5-0 loss.
UHV meanwhile swept through the Hattiesburg Bracket defeating William Carey 7-4, Truett-McConnell 5-3 and Central Baptist 2-1.
The World Series wraps up on Wednesday, June 2 with the championship game.
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