Softball To Face ODU In GLIAC Tournament

Softball To Face ODU In GLIAC Tournament

Big Rapids, Mich. - The "second" season for the Ferris State University softball team begins this weekend (April 27-29) as the Bulldogs seek to claim their third Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament title in the program's history.

The Bulldogs along with seven other teams are scheduled to compete in the 2012 GLIAC Softball Tournament, which will take place at Marathon Diamond Fields in Findlay, Ohio. 

Ferris State, which presently has a 28-22 overall record with a second-place 19-13 GLIAC North Division mark this season, is the fifth seed and will go up against number-four seed Ohio Dominican this Friday (April 27) in an opening-round tilt at the double-elimination conference tournament.  First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. (EDT) with the winner to play the Grand Valley State-Northwood winner on Friday at 4 p.m. (EDT) in the winner's bracket.  

FSU, under interim head coach Dawn Thompson, has presently won 12 of its last 16 outings which includes seven of its last eight encounters.  The Bulldogs' opponent, Ohio Domincian concluded the regular season at 26-26 overall which included a third-place 20-12 GLIAC South Division ledger. 

Comprising the eight-team tourney field are Tiffin, Ohio Dominican, Grand Valley State, Wayne State, Ashland, Northwood, Hillsdale, and Ferris State.  GVSU claimed the top overall seed after winning the GLIAC North Division.   

The 2012 GLIAC Softball Tournament Championship game is set for this Sunday (April 29) in Findlay.  A 10 a.m. (EDT) starting time is scheduled for the title contest and if necessary per the double-elimination format, a second game will follow at noon (EDT) to determine the conference tournament champion.  The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament (May 3-6) at a campus site to be announced. 

Ferris State has won two conference tournaments (2000 and 2005) in the program's history to date.  The Bulldogs have registered a 12-10 record (.545) in GLIAC Tournament play since 2005. 

The 2012 season represents the eighth consecutive year in which only the top eight of the conference's 12-softball playing institutions qualify for the GLIAC Tournament.  The criteria is based upon each team's regular-season conference record.  The 1985 campaign marked the league's first-ever postseason tournament in softball. 

For more information about the 20112 GLIAC Softball Tournament, please visit this link:  

2012 GLIAC Softball Tournament Schedule

G1 (2) 10:00 AM #1 GVSU vs. #8 Northwood
G2 (5) 10:00 AM #4 Ohio Dominican vs. Ferris State  
G3 (2) 12:00 PM #3 Wayne State vs. #6 Tiffin  
G4 (5) 12:00 PM #2 Ashland vs. #7 Hillsdale
G5 (2) 2:00 PM Loser G1 vs. Loser G1
G6 (5) 2:00 PM Loser G3 vs. Loser G4
G7 (5) 4:00 PM Winner G1 vs. Winner G1
G8 (2) 4:00 PM Winner G3 vs. Winner G4
*(2) - Games played on Anderson Field #2; (5) - Games played on Iriti Field #5
G9 (5) 10:00 AM Loser G8 vs. Loser G5
G10 (2) 10:00 AM Loser G7 vs. Loser G6
G11 (2) 12:00 PM Winner G7 vs. Winner G8
G12 (5) 12:00 PM Winner G9 vs. Winner G10
G13 (2) 2:00 PM Loser G11 vs. Winner G12
*(2) - Games played on Anderson Field #2; (5) - Games played on Iriti Field #5
G14 (2) 10:00 AM
Winner G11 vs. Winner G13
G15 (2) 12:00 PM
If Winner G13 beats Winner G11

* There will be a minimum of 30 minutes between games when one or both teams have to play back-to-back games


Note: All start times are Eastern Daylight (EDT) and subject to change.

**2012 GLIAC Softball Tournament Bracket** PDFGet Acrobat Reader