ODAC Softball Tournament News
May 2, 2022 --- Virginia Wesleyan University may not have been the top seed for the first time since 2011, but its championship pedigree remains intact. The third-seeded Marlins defeated fourth-seeded Roanoke College, 1-0, in the second of two championship games on Monday afternoon, capping a weather-impacted four days at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va., with the program's sixth straight and league-record 14th ODAC softball crown. Virginia Wesleyan (33-11), ranked 14th in the country by the NFCA, needed a second title contest to earn the ODAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament after 17th-ranked Roanoke (30-12) earned a 5-3 victory in Monday's first contest. The Maroons, along with ODAC hopefuls Randolph-Macon College (32-9) and University of Lynchburg (26-19) must rely on the Division III Softball Committee for at-large selections to the 64-team national field. The bracket will be announced on Monday, May 9 on www.ncaa.com.
April 30, 2022 --- Mother Nature did not cooperate with the ODAC Softball Tournament as play has been suspended due to inclement weather at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. Four hours of rain not only saturated the outfields on both game fields, but also collected on the tarps. With rain predicted to fall through 7:30 p.m. ET and considerable time needed to prepare the fields for safe play by the competitors, the decision was made to start the process to prepare for early competition on Saturday. Games 11 and 12 in your brackets are now slated for 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday morning. Third-seeded Virginia Wesleyan will meet #4 Roanoke on field one, while top-seeded Lynchburg and #2 Randolph-Macon will square off on field three. The status for play in the remaining three games will be evaluated on Sunday morning and communicated once determinations have been made with reference to further weather pending for the area.
April 23, 2022 --- ODAC softball has lived up to its moniker as one of the top conferences for the sport in Division III, as evidenced by three nationally ranked programs for much of the campaign. Each of those teams found themselves part of one of three ties that needed solving on the final day of the regular season to determine the eight-team field of the 2022 ODAC Softball Tournament. For the first time since 2019, ODAC teams return to the friendly confines of the James I. Moyer Sports Complex, the traditional home of the league tournament. Play begins on Friday, April 29, and continues through the championship and possible "if game" in the double elimination format on Sunday, May 1.