CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell University softball team will be making its eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament, as the tournament brackets were announced by the NCAA on Monday. The Cougars (34-12-1), who are seeded first in the region, will play eighth-seeded Pace University on Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Adelphi University’s Janet L. Fricke Field in Garden City, N.Y. Caldwell received an automatic bid to the regional after winning the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament this past weekend.

The Cougars, coached by Dean Johnson, also won the CACC regular season title with a 23-3 record in league play. Caldwell features seven all-CACC players including first team sophomore outfielder Amy Hickman (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Liberty) and senior catcher Alyssa Calderon (Fontana, CA/Etiwanda) who was named the most valuable player of this year’s CACC Tournament.

Earlier this season, the Cougars defeated Pace, 10-2, in six innings in Briarcliff, N.Y., with junior Brielle Reighn (Runnemeade, NJ/Triton Reg.) driving in four runs. Host Adelphi University is seeded fourth and will play fifth-seeded Wilmington University at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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In the other East Region bracket, second-seeded Southern New Hampshire is the host and will face seventh-seeded St. Anselm at 2:00 p.m. Queens College is seeded third and will play sixth-seeded LIU Post at 4:30 p.m.  The winners of the two sites will meet in the Super Regional on May 15-16. 

In 10 previous appearances in the NCAA Region Tournament, the Cougars have a record of 18-18. Last season Caldwell won its bracket at Adelphi and advanced to the final against LIU Post, losing in the third game. The Cougars won the 2004 Northeast Region Tournament and advanced to the Women’s College World Series. 

Here’s the complete schedule for this week’s tournament.

2015 NCAA Division II East Region Softball Tournament

Host: Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.

Friday, May 8
Game 1: #1 Caldwell (34-12-1) vs. #8 Pace (25-15), 1:30 p.m.
Game 2: #4 Adelphi (25-19) vs. #5 Wilmington (31-16), 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 11:00 a.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 10
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1:00 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 if necessary, 3:30 p.m.

Host: Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.

Friday, May 8
Game 1: #2 S. New Hampshire (43-8) vs. #7 St. Anselm (22-11), 2:00 p.m.
Game 2: #3 Queens (35-14) vs. #6 LIU Post (30-15-1), 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 9
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 11:30 a.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:00 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 10
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7: Repeat Game 6 if necessary, 4:00 p.m.