Softball Wins SoCon Tourney Championship; Headed to NCAAs
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.
ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.