OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After posting its third 20-win season in four years, the Stevenson softball team earned its second postseason berth in the teams 14-year history on Monday as the team was one of eight selected to the 2013 ECAC Division III South Championship.
The Mustangs (22-21) are the sixth-seed in this year's championship and will travel to face third-seeded McDaniel (23-17) on Wednesday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. Directions to McDaniel's softball field can be found here.
The other first round contests include No. 1 Alvernia (34-9) hosting No. 8 Marywood (18-15), No. 2 seed Frostburg (29-12) hosting No. 7 Catholic (20-20), and No. 4 Centenary (20-13) hosting No. 5 Alfred (23-17).
The tournament is an eight-team field with a quarterfinal round followed by a double-elimination format for the remaining four teams. The first-round winners will advance to play on Saturday, May 11 at the highest remaining seed.
Stevenson reached the Commonwealth Conference championship game as the No. 5 seed, the lowest-ever seed to advance to the championship game. It was also the first time in school history the team reached a conference championship game.
The Mustangs are 2-4 against the other seven teams in this year's tournament having lost a doubleheader to Alvernia on March 17 before defeating them in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Conference tournament. They split a doubleheader against Frostburg State on April 16.
Frehsman Kristen Mueller (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech) leads the Mustangs with 48 hits, 24 RBIs, eight doubles, two home runs and nine stolen bases. Over the past three games she has totaled eight hits, five runs and one RBI.
In the circle, sophomore Briana Pichalski (Port Reading, N.J./Woodbridge) leads the team with 68 strikeouts in 138.1 innings pitched while freshman Molly Hoyt (Parisppany, N.J./Parisppany Hills) has a team-high eight wins and a team-best 2.26 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched.