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Panthers Learn NCAA Softball Playoff Destination

Panthers Learn NCAA Softball Playoff Destination
FERRUM, Va. -- The NCAA Division III Softball Selection Show aired this morning and Ferrum College learned its destination for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.  The #6 seeded Panthers will play in the Newport News, Virginia, regional Thursday through Monday, May 10-14, facing #3 Salisbury University Thursday at 2 p.m.

Christopher Newport University is the host institution and the #2 seed.  Emory University is the top seed, followed by CNU, Salisbury and Messiah College.  Roanoke College is the #5 seed, followed by Ferrum, Farmingdale State College and McDaniel College.

The winner of Thursday's 2 p.m. game between Ferrum and Salisbury will play Friday at 4 p.m. against the winner of the CNU-Farmingdale State game.  Thursday's first-round games are listed below.

Thursday, May 10
Game 1:  #1 Emory (33-3) vs. #8 McDaniel (27-12), 10 a.m.
Game 2:  #4 Messiah (35-8) vs. #5 Roanoke (29-9), 12 p.m.
Game 3:  #3 Salisbury (35-5) vs. #6 Ferrum (35-12), 2 p.m.
Game 4:  #2 Christopher Newport (34-9) vs. #7 Farmingdale State (26-13), 4 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 & $6 for all-session (prices are adults & senior, students, children) and $5 & $2 for single day passes. Game times are currently set for 10, 12, 2 & 4 on Thursday and Friday, 1, 3, 5 & 8 on Saturday and Noon & 2 on Sunday (with an if necessary game scheduled for 10 am Monday).

Complete information for the Newport News regional can be found at

Ferrum earned a berth into the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament by virtue of winning the 2012 USA South Tournament last month.  The Panthers won five straight games to close out the tournament, including a pair of wins over #10 Christopher Newport in the title games.

This is Ferrum's third NCAA playoff berth.  Coach Vickie Van Kleeck led her 2002 team to the USA South title and a first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, then accomplished the same feat in 2005.

The Panthers are led by three All-Conference first team selections; OF Karly Thompson (.429 avg, 12 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HR, 40 RBI), P/2B Hannah Shumaker (.409 avg, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 90 strikeouts) and P Kaitlyn Culler (17-2 record, 1.25 ERA, 84 strikeouts).  Shumaker was the MVP of the 2012 USA South Tournament, posting impressive pitching and hitting performances, while making a number of fielding web gems.