The NCAA Division III National Softball Championship bracket has been released and Luther College (40-9) will begin the eight-team double elimination tournament against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (38-9-1) on Thursday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. Luther is the No. 5 seed of the tournament and MIT is the No. 4 seed.
The National Championships will take place at the USA Hall of Fame Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 24-29.
Eighth Trip to National Finale: Luther is making its eighth national tournament appearance, fifth under the direction of Head Coach Renae Hartl, all in the past nine years. Hartl is in her 17th year as head coach and has compiled a career record of 554-180 entering the national finale.
The Norse advanced to the national tournament after defeating No. 7 University of St. Thomas in the Decorah, Iowa Super Regional. This three-game series went the distance with Luther winning game one 3-1, St. Thomas winning game two 11-8, and Luther winning game three 10-4.
Luther has placed fourth at the national tournament (1985, 1990), fifth (1991, 2010, 2012) and seventh (2011, 2013).
Media Broadcast: All of Luther's games will be broadcast on KWLC 1240 AM and can also be heard via audio stream at kwlc.luther.edu. Fans can also watch all the action free via video stream at https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.
Results/Recaps: Luther tournament results and game recaps will be available ASAP following each game and will be posted on the Softball Athletics Website. Fans can also follow along on the Luther Softball twitter account.