Published on May 9, 2016 by Philip Poole  
Softball Win

The Samford softball Bulldogs won the 2016 Southern Conference regular season championship May 7 with a weekend sweep of UNCG. It was softball’s first conference championship in 25 years and its first since Samford joined the Southern Conference.

The top-seeded Bulldogs will open SoCon tournament play Thursday, May 12, with an 11:30 a.m. CDT contest against the winner of the Wednesday game between 4th seed UNCG and 5th seed East Tennessee State. The double-elimination tournament will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Samford's Megan Dowdy and Mollie Hanson were named Southern Conference Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as voted by the league's head coaches and announced by the conference office. Samford's Mandy Burford was tabbed Coach of the Year.

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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 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 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.