Published on May 15, 2016 by Philip Poole
The Samford Bulldog softball team continued its record-setting season by winning the 2016 Southern Conference tournament May 14 with a dramatic 8-inning come-from-behind victory over rival Furman. The Bulldogs entered the tournament as the regular season champions and #1 seed. Furman was the #2 seed.
It was Samford’s first championship since joining the Southern Conference in 2008. The only previous championship was 25 years ago in what is now the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Bulldogs will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 20 to face #4 national seed University of Alabama in a first-round game. Texas State University and the University of California are the other two teams in the Tuscaloosa regional. Friday’s game at 4 p.m. CDT will be telecast on the SEC network.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.