By Jordan Benson, Tuskegee
TUSKEGEE, Ala. I Tuskegee, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) champions, will hit the road in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament to nearby Montgomery, facing top seed Auburn-Montgomery in regional play on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
The Golden Tigers enter the tournament at 29-11 overall and have won seven straight games and 16 of their last 18 on the season. They were crowned conference champions over the weekend after defeating Fort Valley State, Benedict, and Spring Hill twice by scores of 1-0 to capture the title.
Auburn-Montgomery is currently ranked No. 4 in the country, finishing 43-9 overall and took home the Gulf South Conference (GSC) championship by going 25-5 in conference play. The Warhawks are 18-1 on the year in Montgomery and have won the previous seven meetings between the two programs.
The regional also features Alabama-Huntsville and Nova Southeastern, who will open play in the regional at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
The winner of the Montgomery Regional will match up against the winner of the Tampa Regional, featuring Embry, Rollins, Tampa, and Valdosta.
Tournament passes are $25 for adults and $12 for students of participating institutions (with ID) and children ages four and older. Day passes for the tournament will be sold for $10 for adults and $5 for students of participating institutions (with ID) and children ages four and older.
All seating is general admission, and all single-day passes will be good for all games on the day of purchase only. Ticket gates will open 90 minutes before the first game. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket gate with cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover only.)
More information on the NCAA south regional, including live stats, video links, ticketing, and directions, can be found on the tournament web page.