Indiana Receives At-Large Bid To NCAA Tournament and Will Play DePaul
Indiana will take part in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006
May 15, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University softball team (37-15, 17-3 Big Ten) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, where they will take on DePaul at the Columbia, Mo., regional on Friday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET. It is the first postseason appearance for the Hoosiers since the 2006 season. Also playing at the regional with Hoosiers will be the fifth overall seed Missouri and Illinois State.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Indiana back in the NCAA Tournament," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "It will be a great opportunity for our team and we look forward to preparing for it this weekend."
The Blue Demons are a familiar foe for the Hoosiers, as the two teams squared off on Feb. 18 in Tampa, Fla., with DePaul coming out on top by a score of 7-3. DePaul also leads the all-time series with the Hoosiers, 7-4.
This will be the seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Hoosiers and the first under head coach Michelle Gardner. For Gardner, it will be her third NCAA Tournament appearance, having led Nevada to a pair of appearances in her six seasons with the Wolfpack, and she has a 2-4 record. Indiana is 11-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.