Co-Lin softball taking on Lansing (Michigan) CC Stars in NJCAA tournament opener Tuesday
Published 2:00 pm Saturday, May 20, 2023
The Copiah-Lincoln Community College softball team has been seeded no. 5 in the upcoming NCAA Division II National Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Wolves (43-9) will take on the Lansing (Michigan) CC Stars on Tuesday, May 30. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (CT), 2 p.m. (ET).
Lansing CC (34-18) is the no. 12 seed in the 16-team tournament.
Co-Lin is fresh off winning the Region 23 tournament with a sweep of Jones College in the finals. Jones (46-8) is seeded sixth and will play the no. 11 seeded team from Potomac State (West Virginia) on Tuesday after the CLCC game. Potomac State is 43-3 on the season.
The team from Lansing is not one that’s unfamiliar with schools from Mississippi as the Stars had an early season swing through the Magnolia State.
In early March, Lansing beat Pearl River and then were swept by East Central CC and Mississippi Gulf Coast CC.
The Stars won their region championship game by a 21-3 final over Oakland Community College.
Murray State College of Oklahoma is the top seeded team in the tourney and is 56-0 overall.
Last season, Murray State lost in the championship game to Phoenix College (Arizona), who won back-to-back titles with the victory. South Mountain (Arizona) eliminated Phoenix this season in their region tourney.
The tournament finals last season between Murray State and Phoenix was the first time since 2010 when a member school from Region 23 (the region that contains schools from Mississippi and Louisiana) didn’t make the national championship game.
Co-Lin first made the national tournament in 2006. That year in Normal, Illinois, the Wolves and coach Allen Kent finished in third place.
The team got back to the national tournament, again held in Normal, in 2008.In that season, current CLCC head coach Meleah Brown Howard was a starter for a CLCC team that finished as national runners-up. Phoenix beat Co-Lin 8-5 in the semifinals and then again 9-1 in the championship game.
Games from the 2023 tournament will be available to stream on a pay-per-view-basis via the NJCAA Network. One-day viewing passes are $10 and the viewing package for the entire tournament is $25.