MVSU Devilettes Draw #13 Alabama In NCAA Softball Regionals

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: May 16, 2005

ITTA BENA, MS — The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes softball team, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference have drawn #12 Alabama in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Softball Regional as the Crimson Tide plays host to the No. 12 Regional at the University of Alabama Softball Complex in Tuscaloosa.

On the campus of MVSU, the Devilettes gathered at the Devils Den to reflect upon the achievements of last season and the current as well, and watch as their fate was announced on the NCAA Softball Tournament selection show.

Members of the 2004 SWAC Championship team received their rings and words of encouragement from MVSU president Dr. Lester C. Newman.

“Alabama is a very good team coming off of two big wins over Tennessee and Georgia to win the SEC Tournament”, said Valley head coach Lee Smith.

“Although we’ve never played each other we are very familiar with each others team. Having both been sent to the same Regional last year in California we had the opportunity to see each other play several games.” The Devilettes and Crimson Tide will face off in game two Friday May 20th at 6:30 PM. Arizona State and Hofstra will open play as they face each other at 4:00 PM.

“We’re looking forward to returning to the Regionals. Because of the success we had last year their will be added pressure on us to do even better,” Smith said.

“We’ll be back on the practice field tomorrow but now it’s about staying focused and mentally sound.”