ST. GEORGE, Utah – The No. 1 seeded Florida SouthWestern softball team dropped a pair of games on Friday (May 18) and were eliminated from the double-elimination NJCAA National Tournament at the Canyons Complex.
The Bucs end the program's third season with a 53-5 overall record. The Purple and Aqua secured the program's third consecutive Suncoast Conference Championship, with a 19-1 mark in conference play, won the District G Championship and the program's second consecutive FCSAA State Championship and locked up the program's third straight berth to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. The Buccaneers swept their way to their second state championship, going a perfect 3-0 over the weekend, outscoring opponents 11-6. The Buccaneers opened tournament play with a 3-0 win over Pensacola State, then defeated No. 16 Seminole State (6-5) and No. 2 Chipola (2-1) to lock up the District G Championship, the FCSAA/Region 8 State Championship and a berth to nationals.
GAME 1 vs. No. 4 Butler
The defending champion and fourth-seeded Butler (KS) Grizzlies advanced to the championship bracket semifinal game with a 4-2 victory over the top-seeded Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers on Friday afternoon. Maddie Siemer earned the win in the circle after allowing just two runs on six hits in four innings of work while Celina Sullivan came on to earn a three-inning save after surrendering just two hits and no runs over the final three innings.
Trailing 2-1 in the third, Brianna Robinson got the Butler offense going with a two-out RBI single to tie the game at 2-2. The Grizzlies then took their first lead of the day, at 3-2, in the last of the thanks to a two-out solo homer from Payton Reynolds. Butler then added an insurance run in the last of the sixth in a RBI double from Meghan Gutierrez.
Robinson led the Grizzlies in the ballgame by going a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, while Taylor Collins paced Florida SouthWestern Statee with a 2-for-4 outing and a run batted in.
GAME 2 vs. No. 2 Chipola
Krystal Goodman pitched a complete-game four-hit shutout en route to leading the second-seeded Chipola (FL) Indians to a 3-0 victory over the top-seeded Florida SouthWestern State Buccaneers in the consolation bracket on Friday afternoon. Goodman struck out one and walked just one on her way to helping hand the Buccaneers their second setback of the day and eliminate the top seed from the tournament.
Chipola's offense got off to a fast start thanks to back-to-back first-inning solo home runs from Alex Grampp and Barbara Woll to give the Indians a quick 2-0 lead. Melany Sheldon then extended Chipola's advantage in the second with a solo shot of her own to make it 3-0. The Buccaneers then looked to get on the board in the last of the fifth when Taylor Collins belted a ball to deep center but Chipola's centerfielder Woll made a fantastic leaping catch at the wall to rob Collins of what would have been a home run.
Lauren Finch led Chipola at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, while Grampp Woll and Sheldon all homered for the Indians. Four players finished with a hit apiece in the game for the Buccaneers led by Makea Mereana and Paris Woods by each going 1-for-2.
Candela Figueroa, Chipola (Catcher)
Abagail Johnson, Seminole State (Catcher)
Krystal Goodman, Chipola (Pitcher)
Karina Sanchez, Temple (Pitcher)
Maddie Weatherly, Temple (Infielder)
Tiare Lee, Temple (Infielder)
Alexis Grampp, Chipola (Infielder)
Kristen Prieto, Seminole State (Infielder)
Barbara Woll, Chipola (Outfielder)
Reagan Wilson, Butler (Outfielder)
Paris Woods, FSW (Outfielder)
Brianna Robinson, Butler (Designated Player)
Daisy Gonzalez, Temple (Utility)
MVP: Karina Sanchez, Temple (Pitcher)
Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Vessi Liilii, Eastern Arizona
Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Barbara Woll, Chipola
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Celina Sullivan, Butler
Coach of the Tournament: Kristen Zaleski, Temple
2018 NJCAA Division I National Softball Champions: Temple
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SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ARENA
The Buccaneers compete in the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Suncoast Credit Union Arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and is home to the FSW basketball teams and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space, student, faculty and staff wellness, and an athletic center with a fitness pavilion, men's and women's locker rooms and a weight training area. The arena has two Daktronics displays, on the north and south walls, that each measure 10 feet high by 20 feet wide. Both displays incorporate variable content zoning to each show one large image or they can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. One-hundred feet of ribbon displays have been installed on the east and west walls of the arena. The ribbons provide the opportunity to supplement the content on the main displays as well as highlight sponsors throughout events.
The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball).
Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW's men's and women's basketball teams compete.
The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America's two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA's rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.
On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.
The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.
For more information on the NJCAA log on to www.NJCAA.org.
The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.
Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.
For more information on the FCSAA log on to www.TheFCSAA.com.
NJCAA REGION 8 & THE SUNCOAST CONFERENCE
Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college.
The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors.
FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.
The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The women's basketball program is also in the Suncoast Conference, but with only three other teams (Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and Eastern Florida State College).
For more information on Region 8 log on to www.TheFCSAASports.com.