The No.16 nationally ranked Brenau University Golden Tigers softball team will open play in the national championship tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala., at 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. EDT) Thursday, May 17, against the No.25 Swedes of Bethany College of Lindsborg, Kan.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship tournament will be televised at https://www.nmnathletics.com//subs/Landing.dbml?&&DB_OEM_ID=27900&db_oem_id=27900, a pay-per-view video stream.
With a 39-14 overall record, the Brenau team received an at-large bid to participate as one of the final 32 teams for the double elimination national championship tournament, which runs from May 17-23. Although the pre-season No.5-ranked Tigers suffered some late-season losses, the team still has the No. 1-ranked defense in the country with a .977 fielding percentage. The Tigers’ pitching staff, ranked No. 8 in the country, boasts a 1.41 ERA.
The Tigers are led by the Southern States Athletic Conference Divisional Pitcher of the Year and 1st Team All-Conference selection Anna Maness, a junior from Seagrove, N.C. Also still on the roster are two powers offensively for the Tigers – 2011 NAIA 1st Team All Americans Tiffany Schandera, a junior from Columbus, Ga., at third base, and pitcher Jenny Shepherd, a sophomore from Martinez, Ga.
This is the second appearance for the Golden Tigers in the national championship tournaments. The team won the SSAC conference championship in 2009 and earned a berth to national tournament play in Decatur, Ala. The team was eliminated in its third game of the tournament to No.5-ranked William Carey and finished the season ranked 12th nationally.