May 6, 2013
It was announced today that the Luther College softball team will be the No.5 seed at the eight-team UW-Whitewater Regional of the NCAA III Softball Championship, to be held at the Van Steenderen Diamond May 9-12.
Luther is making its 14th overall appearance in the national tournament, its fifth in a row, and sixth in the past seven years.
Luther earned the Iowa Conference automatic berth to the national tournament after capturing the 2013 IIAC Softball Tournament title held May 4-5, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Norse defeated Buena Vista University 9-0 (5) in the quarterfinals; defeated No. 11 Central 9-3 in the semifinals; and defeated No. 10 Coe College 5-2 in the championship game.
Luther (28-9) will face the No. 4 seed Carthage College (30-10) in the opening round of the UW-Whitewater Regional at Noon on Thursday, May 9.
The rest of the first rounds games and times – No. 2 UW-Whitewater (31-5) vs. No. 8 Finlandia (25-6) at 10:00 a.m.; No. 3 UW-Eau Claire (26-7) vs. No. 6 North Central (IL) (32-10) at 2:00 p.m.; No. 7 Illinois Benedictine (26-12) vs. No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan (31-9) at 4:00 p.m.
The Norse are coached by Renae Hartl who has compiled a career record of 358-145 and is in the midst of her 12th season.