Blugolds one of three WIAC softball teams to earn NCAA tournament bid

MADISON, Wis.-- (WIAC) For the second time in three seasons, three teams will represent the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse received an automatic bid into the 62-team field by winning the WIAC Championship (presented by Culver’s), while UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater earned two of the 20 at-large bids. UW-La Crosse (25-17) will make the sixth NCAA appearance in program history and travel to Pella, Iowa for regional action May 10-12. The Eagles will open against College of St. Benedict (Minn.) (27-13). Also competing the regional will be Central College (Iowa) (26-8) and Lake Forest College (Ill.) (24-15).

UW-Eau Claire (26-11-1), the 2008 NCAA champion, will make its 12th NCAA showing and square off against Wartburg College (Iowa) (26-11) in its opening game in St. Paul, Minn. University of St. Thomas (Minn.) (38-5) and University of Northwestern-St. Paul (Minn.) (27-15) will also participate in the event that will be held May 9-11.

UW-Whitewater (26-12) will host a regional May 10-12 and play its first round game against Eureka College (Ill.) (27-6). The Warhawks own a league-leading 22 NCAA appearances, including seven straight. Carthage College (Wis.) (26-14) and Coe College (Iowa) (32-9) will join the four-team field in Whitewater.

The team advancing from each regional will compete in the super regional round May 17-18. The finals, hosted by Texas-Tyler, will be held May 23-28 at Suddenlink Field in Tyler, Texas. All rounds will use a double