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Cal Poly Accepts Bid to National Invitational Softball Championships

Cal Poly Accepts Bid to National Invitational Softball Championships




SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly softball program will make its return to the postseason after an eight-year hiatus with the Sunday evening announcement that Mustangs have accepted an invitation to compete in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championships. Cal Poly will open Region 1 play on Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. versus Pacific, which is hosting one of six postseason regionals.

Sponsored by Fort Collins, Colo.-based Triple Crown Sports, the NISC consists of four, four-team regionals and two, five-team regionals. Each regional will be played May 16-18 with a double-elimination format.

The six regional winners advance to the May 21-24, double-elimination championship hosted by a yet-to-be-determined program. The remaining five regional hosts are Weber State, Illinois State, Lamar, Georgia State and Liberty.

Alongside Cal Poly (34-19) and Pacific (27-24) in Region 1, UC Santa Barbara (31-26) and Nevada (28-23) will meet in Tuesday's regional opener at 4 p.m. A victory versus Pacific advances Cal Poly to a Wednesday winner's bracket semifinal matchup versus either UC Santa Barbara or Nevada at 4 p.m.; a loss forces Cal Poly into an elimination contest against either the rival Gauchos of Wolf Pack at 1 p.m.

The Region 1 championship game is scheduled for Thursday, May 18 at 12 noon.

The Mustangs, who produced the program's highest win total in eight years during the regular season, are appearing in the postseason for the first time since reaching the final of the Stanford Regional during the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Cal Poly's NISC participation marks the program's third postseason appearance at the Division I level. The Mustangs also earned an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Tournament.