The Central Connecticut softball team sets forth on its quest for the program's third Northeast Conference championship today, opening the NEC Tournament against Sacred Heart. The No. 2 seeded Blue Devils will duel with the No. 3 seeded Pioneers at 3:00 p.m. at SFU Softball Field in Loretto, Pa.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, May 10
Game 1 - #1 SFU vs. #4 LIU – 12:00 p.m. – Watch Live | Live Stats
Game 2 - #2 CCSU vs. #3 SHU – 3:00 p.m. - Watch Live | Live Stats
Friday, May 11
Game 3 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 10:00 a.m.
Game 4 – Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser – 1:00 p.m.
Game 5 – Game 4 Winner vs. Game 3 Loser – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 6 – Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner – 12:00 p.m.
Game 7 – If Necessary – 2:30 p.m.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
The Sacred Heart Pioneers head into Thursday postseason contest with a league record of 10-6 and are 30-23 overall. SHU is hitting .239 as a team and are led by junior pitcher Kristen McCann in the circle who has a 0.50 ERA in NEC play in eight complete games. CCSU and Sacred Heart split the regular season series with the Blue Devils winning game one 9-6 and SHU took the second game 1-0.
ROAD TO THE NEC'S
After missing the ticket punch the past two seasons and being predicted to finish sixth in the league from the Preseason Coaches' Poll, Central Connecticut earned a No. 2 seed and finished regular season play 10-6 in the NEC. The 2018 NEC Tournament bid marks the fourth appearance for CCSU in league history. The Blue Devils hold a 7-4 overall record in tournament play and last captured the title in 2015 in a 9-8 extra inning victory over LIU Brooklyn in Moon Township, PA. The Blue Devils enter Thursday's contest in good stride, winning five of its last six games.