2016 NCAA Division III National Champions
@Patriot_sb to play No. 1 Marlins in NCAA DIII Championship opener

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TYLER – The No. 4-ranked UT Tyler Patriots will play No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in its first game at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship in Oklahoma City.

The defending NCAA DIII National Champions are 44-4 on the season and advanced to their sixth national tournament by sweeping through East Texas Baptist in the Tyler Super Regional, while the Marlins (48-2) advanced with two wins over Kean in its Super Regional.

In the other matchups, No. 22 Trine will play Amherst at 11 a.m. in the tournament’s opener, Illinois Wesleyan and No. 25 St. Catherine are the 4 p.m. game and No. 8 St. John Fisher takes on No. 19 Williams in the nightcap of the first day at 6:30 p.m. at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

UT Tyler is playing in its third straight NCAA DIII Championships with a runner-up finish in 2015 and then winning the 2016 title last season in Salem, Virginia.