The No. 9-ranked Emory softball team is one of eight programs that has advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships. All games will be contested at the Moyer Softball Complex in Salem, Virginia. It marks the second straight year and 12th time overall that Salem has hosted the D-III Softball Championships -- all at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex.
Action begins on Thursday (May 26) and continues thru Monday and possibly Tuesday for the if-game; the format for the Championships is double-elimination until the final two teams are determined, then it becomes best-of-three the final two days.
The schedule for the first two days is as follows:
Thursday, May 26
Game 1 at 11 am ET: UT-Tyler (44-4) vs. St. John Fisher (38-10)
Game 2 at 1:30 pm ET: Emory (45-6) vs. St. Thomas (43-6)
Game 3 at 4:00 pm ET: Illinois Wesleyan (35-11) vs. MIT (33-12)
Game 4 at 6:30 pm ET: Messiah (44-4) vs. Rowan (40-9)
Friday, May 27
Game 5 at 11:00 am ET: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6 at 1:30 pm ET: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7 at 4:00 pm ET: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 8 at 6:30 pm ET: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
The Eagles of head coach Penny Siqueiros head into the Championships with an overall record of 45-6, with the victory total establishing a school record for victories, bettering the previous mark of 43 held by the 2002 squad. Emory punched its ticket to the Championships after winning the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional, topping Benedictine University in a best-of-three series. The Eagles recorded a 2-1 outcome in the opener on Friday before Benedictine forced a third contest after winning Saturday's first game, 1-0. In the deciding tilt, Emory prevailed by a 3-1 margin, sending the team to its first Championships appearance since 2007.
Junior Brittany File (Carmel, CA) was tabbed as the Super Regional Most Outstanding Pitcher after tossing three complete games, totaling 20 innings in the circle and finishing with an ERA of 0.70 to go along with 23 strikeouts and three walks. Sophomore Janelle Turnquest (Austin, TX) was selected as the Most Outstanding Player after hitting .375 (3-for-8). In the last game of the weekend, Turnquest socked a solo homer in the top of the second that gave Emory a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, she delivered a one-out single that eventually scored pinch runner Raygan Greer with the squad's second run of the contest.
Emory all-time records vs. NCAA Championships field
** vs. St. Thomas – Emory leads 1-0 … Lone meeting came on May 17, 2002 at the D-III Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with Emory winning by a 7-5 score.
** vs. UT-Tyler – UT-Tyler leads 2-0 with both of those wins coming in the 2015 NCAA Super Regional (at UT-Tyler)
** vs. Illinois Wesleyan – IWU leads 2-1 … Last meeting came on March 16, 2004, when the teams split a doubleheader at Emory … The two schools met in the 2003 NCAA Championships with IWU winning, 1-0, in eight innings.
** vs. St. John Fisher – Emory leads 2-0 … The lone meeting was a doubleheader at Emory on March 5, 2013 with Emory winning by 1-0 and 2-0 scores.
** vs. Messiah – Emory leads 5-0 … Last meeting was a doubleheader at Emory on Feb. 28, 2014, with Emory winning by 8-0 and 1-0 scores.
** vs. Rowan – Rowan leads 2-1 … The teams met earlier this year (Feb. 28) at the Triangle Classic in Cary, NC, with Emory posting a 9-1 triumph in six innings.
** vs. MIT … Emory and MIT have never met in softball.
NOTES: Emory will be making the program's fourth-ever trip to the NCAA Championships and first since 2007 … Other Championships appearances came in 2002 and 2003 … The Eagles have an all-time mark of 5-6 in Championships contests … Emory's 45 wins represents the fourth time in the 18-year history of the program that it has reached the 40-win plateau … Emory has recorded 30 or more wins on 15 occasions in its history … The Eagles have launched a school-record 48 home runs this year, breaking the previous mark of 47 set by the 2014 squad … Janelle Turnquest's solo shot in the top of the second inning in the deciding game of the NCAA Super Regional against Benedictine accounted for the team's 48th round tripper of the year …Through May 22, Emory ranks 8th in D-III with an average of 0.94 home runs per game … Emory has 87 doubles this year, the third-highest seasonal mark in school annals … Emory has collected 10 or more hits on 22 occasions this year … Emory is No. 1 in the University Athletic Association and 14th on the national scene in slugging percentage (.518) … Emory has an all-time record of 42-29 in NCAA Tournament play … Emory played a total of 13 games against eight teams that made this year's NCAA Tournament field – Agnes Scott (2-0), Birmingham Southern (0-2), DePauw (1-0), Lake Forest (2-0), DePauw (1-0), Rochester (2-0), Rowan (1-0), Salisbury (0-1) and Washington University (2-0) fashioning a 10-3 won-lost ledger in those contests … Penny Siqueiros (the program's only coach) is in her 18th year as the head coach at Emory and owns a school and career record of 605-171-1 … Pitcher Brittany File has been a workhorse in the circle for Emory during the postseason, figuring in all seven decisions and tossing 47 out of a possible 49 innings, where she has recorded an ERA of 1.19 and 57 strikeouts … File fanned 11 Benedictine batters in a 1-0 setback to Benedictine during the Super Regional, her 14th outing of the year with 10 or more Ks … Earlier in the postseason, File was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player of the Mount Regional … File, who garnered both First Team All-UAA and All-Atlantic Region acclaim, was named the UAA's Player of the Year and enters the NCAA Championships with a 35-4 record, with her victory total leading all D-III players and establishing a school record ... File has struck out a school-record 330 batters, tops in the UAA and second in D-III ... File's average of 10.4 strikeouts per seven innings leads the league and is 3rd nationally, and her ERA of 1.23 over 221 1/3 innings (school seasonal record) stands 15th among all D-III hurlers …Other Emory representatives on the Mount Berry All-Regional Team included Janelle Turnquest , junior Amy Wray (Austin, TX) and senior Melody Carter (Slidell, LA) … Turnquest, a First-Team All-UAA and Second Team All-Atlantic Region honoree, paces the team with 12 home runs, tying the fourth-highest season total in school history … Turnquest also tops the team with 18 games of two or more RBIs, and her 62 ribbies on the year leads the UAA, stands third nationally and is the second-highest seasonal mark in school history, just three shy of tying Megan Light's (2014) No. 1 mark of 65 … Melody Carter paces the team with 17 multi-hit games while senior Alyssa Pollard (Knoxville, TN) ranks second with 16 … Melody Carter is No. 2 in the conference and eighth nationally with 57 RBIs, sixth best on the Emory seasonal chart … Freshman Sam Vincent (Westerville, OH) is second on the team in hitting during the postseason, posting a .333 (6-for-18) at the plate and has scored a team-high five runs … Emory is second in the UAA in hitting with a .339 mark, good for 35th nationally … The Eagles are averaging 7.29 runs per game, good for the No. 16 position among all D-III programs.