INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division III Softball Committee has announced the 59 teams that will compete in the Division III Softball Championship. 

Seven teams will compete at five first-round sites and eight teams will compete at three first-round sites for a total of eight first-round sites. All sites will use a double-elimination format. 

The seven-team first rounds will be held May 7-10 on the campuses of competing institutions. The eight-team first rounds will be held May 7-11 on the campuses of competing institutions. The finals, hosted by Montclair State University, will be held May 15-19 at the Montclair State University Softball Stadium in Montclair, New Jersey. 

Thirty-seven conferences received automatic qualification and five independents were selected for the 2009 championship. The 17 remaining teams were selected on an at-large basis from automatic qualifying conferences and the remaining independent institutions. 

The conferences and teams that received automatic qualification were: 

Allegheny Mountain CC – Pennsylvania State University Erie, the Behrend College 
American Southwest – University of Texas at Tyler 
Centennial – Muhlenberg College 
CUNYAC – College of Staten Island 
CCIW – Illinois Wesleyan University 
Colonial States – Neumann College 
Commonwealth – Messiah College 
Commonwealth Coast – Endicott College 
Empire 8 – St. John Fisher College 
Freedom – King’s College (Pennsylvania) 
Great Northeast – Emerson College 
Great South – LaGrange College 
Heartland Collegiate – Defiance College 
Iowa Intercollegiate – Coe College 
Little East – Rhode Island College 
MASCAC – Bridgewater State College 
Michigan Intercol. – Alma College 
Midwest – St. Norbert College 
Minnesota Intercol. – University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) 
NESCAC – Tufts University 
NEWMAC – Springfield College 
NJAC – William Paterson University of New Jersey 
North Atlantic – Husson University 
North Coast – Hiram College 
North Eastern – Keuka College 
Northern Athletics – Concordia University (Wisconsin) 
Northwest – Linfield College 
OAC – Ohio Northern University 
Old Dominion – Lynchburg College 
Presidents’ – Thomas More College 
Skyline – State University of New York at Farmingdale 
SCIAC – University of Redlands 
SLIAC – Webster University 
Southern Collegiate – DePauw University 
SUNYAC – Buffalo State College 
USA South – Christopher Newport University 
Wisconsin Intercollegiate – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse 

SITES: First round at Indianola, Iowa (*Simpson College). 
*Indicates host institution 
1. St. Thomas (MN) (39-4) 
2. Central (IA) (36-6) 
3. Washington-St. Louis (24-11) 
4. Wartburg (36-6) 
5. Wis.-La Crosse (34-10) 
6. Luther (33-9) 
7. Gustavus Adolphus (35-7) 
8. Webster (23-16) 

First round at Bloomington, Illinois. 
1. Wis.-Whitewater (36-5) 
2. *Illinois Wesleyan (34-4) 
3. Alma (27-11) 
4. Coe (34-10) 
5. Wis.-Eau Claire (27-14) 
6. Concordia (WI) (24-21) 
7. St. Norbert (17-17) 

First round at Ithaca, New York (*Ithaca College). 
1. Cortland St. (40-6) 
2. Rochester (31-10) 
3. St. John Fisher (30-10) 
4. Buffalo St. (29-12) 
5. Penn St.-Behrend (33-6) 
6. Keuka (23-6) 
7. King’s (PA) (24-12) 

First round at Mahwah, New Jersey (*Ramapo College). 
1. Messiah (35-4) 
2. William Paterson (32-7) 
3. Rowan (32-10) 
4. Moravian (34-9) 
5. Eastern Connecticut (25-11) 
6. Farmingdale St. (32-4) 
7. Muhlenberg (19-16) 
8. Staten Island (23-12) 

First round at Greencastle, Indiana. 
1. Ohio Northern (35-3) 
2. *DePauw (28-7) 
3. Adrian (34-6) 
4. Trine (29-10) 
5. Defiance (29-10) 
6. Thomas More (34-9) 
7. Hiram (26-14) 


First round at Beverly, Massachusetts. 
1. Tufts (38-1) 
2. Rhode Island Col. (40-5) 
3. Coast Guard (36-5-1) 
4. *Endicott (37-7) 
5. Emerson (32-9) 
6. Bridgewater St. (28-9) 
7. Springfield (20-22) 
8. Husson (26-14) 

First round at Salisbury, Maryland. 
1. Lynchburg (37-6-1) 
2. *Salisbury (34-4) 
3. Emory (30-10) 
4. Bridgewater (VA) (33-9) 
5. Chris. Newport (35-7) 
6. LaGrange (25-19) 
7. Neumann (30-10) 

First round at Marshall, Texas. 
1. Linfield (36-4) 
2. Louisiana Coll. (36-7) 
3. *East Tex. Baptist (37-7) 
4. Redlands (30-10) 
5. Texas-Tyler (34-8) 
6. Claremont-M-S (28-14) 
7. La Verne (28-18) 


The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire won the 2008 NCAA Division III Softball Championship. After being down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, the Blugolds defeated the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater 4-3 in nine innings with a walk-off home run.

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