The Lindenwood University–Belleville Lady Lynx softball team will play in the William Carey Bracket in Hattiesburg, Miss. for the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament.
After winning the American Midwest Conference regular season championship, the Lady Lynx received the No. 4 seed in the bracket.
In the first game of the opening round the Lady Lynx will play the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. on Joseph & Nancy Fail Field. The Drovers, of Chickasha, Okla., received the No. 1 seed in the bracket after finishing the season with a 42-7 record. The Drovers are on a 12-game winning streak, including four straight victories in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.
LU-Belleville comes into the NAIA Opening Round with a 33-23 record. In AMC play, the Lady Lynx finished with a record of 19-5 and won the AMC Championship in their first year in the conference.
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William Carey received the No. 2 seed in the bracket. The Crusaders come into the opening round with a 37-26 record. Back on Feb. 28, the Lady Lynx and Crusaders meet up at the NAIA Leadoff Classic. The Crusaders picked up the 5-4 victory after plating a run in the sixth and seventh. In the championship of the Southern State Athletic Conference Tournament, the Crusaders finished 2-2.
Reinhardt rounds out the four teams in the bracket with the No. 3 seed. The Eagles won the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season and finished the season with a 28-17 record. In the conference tournament the Eagles fell to Columbia and Bryan, to finish 1-2.
The Lady Lynx come into the NAIA Opening Round finishing 2-2 at the AMC Tournament.
Several LU-Belleville athletes are having outstanding seasons.
Taylor Winn leads the Lady Lynx at the plate with a .370 average. She also leads the team in hits with 51 and is tied for first in doubles with nine. Jamie Navarro ranks second on the team in hitting with a .351 average. She is tied for first on the team with 30 RBIs.
Kaylin Stewart enters the NAIA Opening Round on fire at the plate. The senior shortstop collected three home runs in the AMC Tournament, including a pair of three run shots. She currently has a .303 average and ranks first on the team in home runs with 10. In the circle Michel Pilster leads the way with a 14-8 record and a 2.20 ERA. She has also pitched a team high 146.1 innings.
The winner of each bracket will move on to the NAIA Softball World Series in Sioux City, Iowa. The World Series begins May 22 and ends May 28.