NSU Earns Fourth Seed in NCAA South Region Tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Softball team returns to the NCAA Tournament. NSU looks to carry their momentum into the postseason and make another run to the NCAA Division II World Series after being selected in Monday morning’s NCAA selection show. This will mark the third straight year that the Sharks have been represented at the NCAA South Region Tournament.  
  
The Sharks, who are led by head coach Julie LeMaire, earned the No. 4 seed in the South Region Tournament, which is made up of members from the SSC, SIAC, and Gulf South Conference.   
  
As the No. 4 seed, the Sharks will travel to Montgomery, Ala., where they’ll open against No. 5 seed and fellow SSC member Saint Leo this Thursday at 2 p.m. EST.  
  
In the South 1 Region bracket, NSU will also be grouped with No. 1 seeded and host Auburn Montgomery and No. 8 seed Spring Hill.  

The South 1 Region bracket is comprised of No. 2 seed and host Mississippi College, No. 7 seed West Alabama, No. 3 seed and fellow SSC member Tampa, and No. 6 seed Alabama Huntsville. The winners of each double-elimination bracket will meet in a best-of-three Super Regional beginning Thursday, May 15.  
  
The Division II Softball Championship will be held at Boombah-Soldiers Creek Park in Orlando, Fla. from May 19-25.   

The Sharks have been on a tear all season long, saving their best performances for the latter end of the season, as they currently ride a 9-game winning streak heading into tournament play. NSU finished the season with a 37-12 overall record and a 22-8 record in conference play, which tabbed them second in the league.  

Below is the complete NCAA South 1 Region Tournament schedule:  

Thursday, May 9  
Game 1: No. 4 Nova Southeastern (37-12) vs. No. 5 Saint Leo (37-17), 2:00 p.m. EST.
Game 2: No. 1 Auburn Montgomery (40-11) vs. No. 8 Spring Hill College (29-19), 3:00 p.m. EST.
  
Friday, May 10  
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 2:00 p.m. EST.
Game 4: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 4:30 p.m. EST. 
Game 5: Loser of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 7:00 p.m. EST. 
  
Saturday, May 11  
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5, 2:00 p.m. EST. 
Game 7 (If Necessary): Rematch of Game 6, 4:30 p.m. EST.

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks throughout the postseason, visit NSUSharks.com or follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_Softball.  

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NSU Softball Honors Senior Class in Impressive Fashion

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – The Nova Southeastern Softball team closed out their last regular season series at the AD Griffin Sports Complex with their ninth consecutive victory, sweeping Barry in an SSC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. 

Prior to today’s doubleheader NSU athletics honored six seniors, Kerstyn Shaw, Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Langwell, Alyssa Drogemuller, Madison Fine, Julia Allen.  

Breakdown (GAME ONE) 

Score: Nova Southeastern 3 (W: J. Allen, 8-1) | Barry 1 (L: S. Rosenberg 8-6)                        
Records: Nova Southeastern (36-12, 21-8 SSC) | Barry (34-17, 19-10 SSC)            
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex        
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube      
    

How it Happened

BOT 1st – Brenna Lokeinsky kicked off the scoring action with an RBI single to right field, giving NSU the early 1-0 lead. 

BOT 2nd – With one runner on base, a triple by Alexis Smith brought home Alyssa Drogemuller and pushed the Sharks ahead 2-0. Shortly after, Gianna Russo hit an RBI single to right field, tacking on the third run of the game for NSU.  

TOP 3rd – The Bucs put their first run board, scoring off an error by the Sharks, cutting their deficit to two runs.  

NSU’s stellar defensive play kept the Bucs at bay and ultimately helped the Sharks secure the 3-1 game one victory. 

Shark Standouts       

Julia Allen had a season-high eight strikeouts. 
 

Breakdown (GAME TWO) 

Score: Nova Southeastern 7 (W: A. Drogemuller, 22-7) | Barry 5 (L: M. Barnhart 16-9)                        
Records: Nova Southeastern (37-12, 22-8 SSC) | Barry (34-18, 19-11 SSC)             

How it Happened

TOP 1st – The Bucs got off to a hot start, thanks to a two-run home run. 

BOT 1st – NSU answered with a run of their own from a sacrifice fly by Madison Fine

BOT 2nd – Alyssa Drogemuller continued her impressive play with an RBI single to left field, tying the game at two apiece. 

BOT 3rd – Brenna Lokeinsky joined the action with her own RBI single, giving the Sharks a 4-2 lead. 

BOT 4th – The Sharks run barrage continued as RBIs from Alexis Smith, Madison Fine and a throwing error by the Bucs put the Sharks up 6-2. 

TOP 5th – Barry answered the Sharks offensive attack with their own run, cutting their deficit to three runs. 

TOP 6th – The Bucs continued to fight, tacking on another run to bring the score to 6-4. 

BOT 6th – Lokeinsky earned her second RBI of the game with a double to left center.  

TOP 7th – Barry tacked on one last run, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks secured the 7-5 SSC victory over the Bucs and completed the series sweep.  

Shark Standouts       

The Sharks had four different players have an RBI (Drogemuller, Smith, Fine, Lokeinsky).  

What's Next

The Sharks will await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Monday, May 6 at 10:00am. 

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Sharks Roll Past Bucs in SSC Series Opener

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –  The Nova Southeastern Sharks took down the Barry Buccaneers in an SSC Series opener on Friday evening from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. Nova Southeastern was led by record breaking performances from Alexis Smith and Alyssa Drogemuller.

Breakdown     

Score: Nova Southeastern 7 (W: A. Drogemuller, 21-7) | Barry 3 (L: M. Barnhart 16-7)                       
Records: Nova Southeastern (35-12, 20-8 SSC) | Barry (34-16, 19-9 SSC)           
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex       
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube     
   

How it Happened

TOP 3rd – The Bucs struck first, hitting a two-run home run to take the early 2-0 lead. 

BOT 3rd – With two runners on base, a sacrifice fly from Madison Fine brought both runners across home plate to tie the game at two apiece. 

BOT 4th – Maliyah Lawson came up big for the Sharks, batting in two runs to push NSU ahead 4-2. Shortly after, Drogemuller joined the action with an RBI single to center field. The run barrage continued as RBIs from Fine and Brenna Lokeinsky closed out a five-run inning for the Sharks, giving them a commanding 7-2 lead. 

TOP 7th – Barry tacked on another run, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. The Nova Southeastern Sharks would go on to secure the 7-3 SSC victory over the Barry Bucs. 

Shark Standouts        

Alexis Smith broke the NSU career stolen bases record with 129 career stolen bases. 

Alyssa Drogemuller broke the single-season NSU walks record with 36 walks this season. 

What's Next 
 
The Sharks will return to the field on Saturday, May 4 for a doubleheader matchup with Barry at the AD Griffin Sports Complex in the last series of the regular season. The Sharks will celebrate senior day tomorrow, with festivities beginning at 1:40 p.m. First-pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. 

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Late Comeback Propels Sharks to Series Sweep Over Lynn

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Softball team earned their second consecutive SSC series sweep, taking down the Lynn Fighting Knights in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. Late game heroics from Alisha Lanyon propelled the Sharks to a thrilling game one victory, which was followed by a dominant 5-1 win in game two.

Breakdown    

Score: Nova Southeastern 6 (W: A. Drogemuller, 19-7) | Lynn 5 (L: H. Fardanesh 1-6)                      
Records: Nova Southeastern (33-12, 18-8 SSC) | Lynn (12-37, 3-26 SSC)            
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex      
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube    
  

How it Happened

TOP 2nd – Gianna Russo kicked off the scoring action with a home run to center field.  

BOT 2nd – Lynn answered with a flurry of runs, taking a commanding 5-1 lead.  

TOP 4th – The Sharks comeback began as Maliyah Lawson hit an RBI single to right field to cut their deficit to three runs. 

TOP 6th – Lawson wasn’t done yet, earning another RBI with a double to left field, bringing the score to 5-3. 

TOP 7th – Russo earned her second RBI of the game, batting in Alexis Smith to bring the Sharks within one run. Shortly after, with two runners on base, Lanyon stepped up to the plate and batted in both runners, ultimately securing the 6-5 game-one victory for NSU. 
 

Breakdown    

Score: Nova Southeastern 5 (W: A. Drogemuller, 20-7) | Lynn 1 (L: M. Prickett 5-14)                      
Records: Nova Southeastern (34-12, 19-8 SSC) | Florida Southern (12-38, 3-27 SSC)    

How it Happened

BOT 3rd – Lynn got off to a hot start, hitting a home run to left field to take the early 1-0 lead. 

TOP 5th – With two runners on base, Alexis Smith joined the home run action, hitting her own three-run home run, putting the Sharks in front 3-1.  

BOT 6th – NSU would tack on another run off of an error by the Knights. Shortly after, a sacrifice fly from Alyssa Drogemuller put the fifth and final run on the board for the Sharks, securing the 5-1 victory over the Lynn Fighting Knights. 
 

What's Next

The Sharks will return to the field on Friday, May 3 for a home matchup with Barry at the AD Griffin Sports Complex in the last series of the regular season. First-pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. 

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NSU Takes Down Knights in Series Opener

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Softball team took down Lynn University 6-0 in an SSC series-opening matchup from the AD Griffin Sports Complex on Friday evening. Madison Fine led the way for NSU, batting in two runs.  

Breakdown   

Score: Nova Southeastern 6 (W: A. Drogemuller, 18-7) | Lynn 0 (L: J. Sumpter 2-8)                     
Records: Nova Southeastern (32-12, 17-8 SSC) | Lynn (12-36, 3-25 SSC)           
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex     
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube  
 

How it Happened

TOP 3rd – With two runners on base, Fine batted in two runs with a single to center field.  

TOP 4th  – The Sharks surge continued as a sacrifice fly from Alyssa Drogemuller pushed NSU ahead 3-0. Shortly after, a wild pitch by the Knights allowed Brianna Matthews to come across home plate, tacking on the 4th Shark run of the game. Aubrey Hutzler closed out the fourth inning action with a sacrifice fly of her own, giving NSU a commanding 5-0 lead. 

TOP 5th – Maliyah Lawson earned an RBI single to center field, putting the Sharks ahead 6-0. NSU would ultimately secure the 6-0 SSC series opener against the Lynn Fighting Knights. 

Shark Standouts      

Madison Fine earned a team-high two RBIs. 

What's Next

NSU will complete the SSC series against the Fighting Knights in a doubleheader showdown tomorrow at the AD Griffin Sports Complex. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 PM. 

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Sharks Complete Series Sweep Over Mocs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Softball team secured the series sweep over the Florida Southern Mocs on Saturday afternoon from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. Julia Allen’s impressive pitching led the Sharks to a 10-2 victory in game one, which was followed by a dominant 8-0 win in game two of the SSC doubleheader. 
  

Breakdown    

Score: Nova Southeastern 10 (W: J. Allen, 7-1) | Florida Southern 2 (L: M. Rogers 2-8)                      
Records: Nova Southeastern (30-12, 15-8 SSC) | Florida Southern (15-29, 7-16 SSC)            
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex      
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube    
  

How it Happened

TOP 1st – The Mocs struck first with an RBI double to right field, taking the early 1-0 lead. 

BOT 2nd – NSU answered with back-to-back runs thanks to RBIs from Tori Copeland and Ryleigh Langwell, putting the Sharks ahead 2-1. 

BOT 3rd – The Sharks onslaught continued as RBIs from Aubrey Hutzler (1), Brenna Lokeinsky (1), Gianna Russo (1), Tori Copeland (1), Ryleigh Langwell (1), and Alexis Smith (1) extended NSU’s lead to 8-2.  

TOP 5th – Florida Southern tacked on their second run of the game with a single down the left field line.  

BOT 6th – NSU’s run barrage poured into the sixth as Brenna Lokeinsky singled to the shortstop, bringing Smith across home plate. Shortly after, Russo earned her second RBI of the game with a single to left field, ultimately propelling the Sharks to a 10-2 game-one victory over the Mocs.  

Shark Standouts       

Four different Sharks had two or more RBIs (Lokeinsky, Russo, Copeland, Langwell).  

Breakdown    

Score: Nova Southeastern 8 (W: A. Drogemuller, 17-7) | Florida Southern 0 (L: A. Blessin 5-7)                      
Records: Nova Southeastern (31-12, 16-8 SSC) | Florida Southern (15-30, 7-17 SSC)    

How it Happened

BOT 3rd – Aubrey Hutzler broke the stalemate, batting in two runs to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. 

BOT 6th – The Sharks surged in the sixth inning, pouring in six runs after explosive RBIs from Alexis Smith, Hutzler, Madison Fine, Lokeinsky, and Russo.  

What's Next

The Sharks will return to the AD Griffin Sports Complex on Friday, April 26th where they will take on Lynn in game one of a three-game SSC series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM. 

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Sharks Defeat Mocs in SSC Series Opener

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Softball team took down Florida Southern 5-0 Friday evening from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. The Sharks were led by RBIs, from Gianna Russo (2), Madison Fine (1), Tori Copeland (1), and Maliyah Lawson (1). 
 

Breakdown   

Score: Nova Southeastern 5 (W: A. Drogemuller, 16-7) | Florida Southern 0 (L: T. Thomas 2-7)                     
Records: Nova Southeastern (29-12, 14-8 SSC) | Florida Southern (15-28, 7-15 SSC)           
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex     
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube   
 

How it Happened

BOT 2nd – Copeland kicked off the action with a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing Fine home for the first Shark run of the game. Shortly after, Lawson hit an RBI double to left center, tacking on another run for NSU.  

BOT 3rd – The Sharks run barrage continued as a double from Fine and a triple by Russo brought home two runs for the Sharks, extending their lead to 4-0. 

BOT 5th – Russo earned her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field, ultimately securing the 5-0 SSC victory for the Sharks. 

Shark Standouts      

Four different Sharks had an RBI (Russo, Fine, Copeland, Lawson). 

What's Next

NSU will complete the SSC series against the Mocs in a doubleheader showdown tomorrow at the AD Griffin Sports Complex. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:00 PM. 

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Sharks Complete SSC Series Against PBA with Win

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern softball team completed their SSC series against PBA on Sunday afternoon from the AD Griffin Sports Complex, taking down the Sailfish 6-1. RBIs from Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Langwell, Alyssa Drogemuller, Aubrey Hutzler, and Gianna Russo led the way for the Sharks. 

Breakdown 

Score: Nova Southeastern 6 (W: A. Drogemuller, 10-4) | Palm Beach Atlantic 1 (L: L. Marty, 2-5)                   
Records: Nova Southeastern (20-7, 8-4 SSC) | Palm Beach Atlantic (8-15, 4-8 SSC)          
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex   
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube    

How it Happened

BOT 1st – An RBI single from Smith got the action started for NSU. Shortly after, Hutzler doubled to left center, bringing Smith home for the second Shark run of the game.
TOP 2nd – PBA answered with a run of their own to cut their deficit to one.
BOT 4th – Langwell hit an RBI single up the middle to tack on another run for NSU.
BOT 5th -The Sharks put three more runs on the board thanks to RBIs from Russo, Drogemuller, and a run scored by Russo, ultimately securing the 6-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic.

What's Next

The Sharks will be back in action Saturday, March 23rd as they head to Americus, GA to take on Georgia Southwestern State in doubleheader action.

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Sharks Split SSC Doubleheader Against PBA

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern softball team split a doubleheader matchup against the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on Saturday afternoon from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. NSU took game one 4-0 before the Sailfish bounced back with a 4-3 victory in game two. 

Breakdown  (GAME ONE)  

Score: Nova Southeastern 4 (W: A. Drogemuller, 9-4) | Palm Beach Atlantic 0 (L: K. Vasquez, 3-6)                   
Records: Nova Southeastern (19-6, 7-3 SSC) | Palm Beach Atlantic (7-14, 3-7 SSC)          
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex   
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube    

How it Happened

BOT 1st – The Sharks poured in two quick runs thanks to RBIs from Aubrey Hutzler and Kerstyn Shaw. Shortly after, a wild pitch allowed Madison Fine to come across home plate, putting the Sharks up 3-0.  

BOT 3rd – Madison Fine singled to left field to bring Alexis Smith home for the fourth Shark run of the game. 

NSU would go on to secure the SSC series opener against PBA 4-0. 

Breakdown  (GAME TWO)  

Score: Nova Southeastern 3 (L: B. Mahaney, 7-2) | Palm Beach Atlantic 4 (W: C. Arturo, 3-1)                   
Records: Nova Southeastern (19-7 7-4 SSC) | Palm Beach Atlantic (8-14, 4-7 SSC)         

How it Happened

TOP 4th – The Sailfish tacked on four runs to take a commanding 4-0 lead. 

BOT 4th – Gianna Russo earned an RBI single to third base, putting the first Shark run on the board. 

BOT 5th – Hutzler singled to right field, bringing Alyssa Drogemuller home to cut NSU’s deficit to two runs. 

BOT 7th – An RBI single from Fine brought another Shark runner home to bring the score to 4-3 in favor of the Sailfish. 

The Sharks had an opportunity to take the lead but couldn’t complete the comeback, dropping game two against PBA. 

What's Next

NSU will close out the SSC series against the Sailfish tomorrow, Sunday, March 17th. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 PM.   

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Sharks Sweep Golden Bears in Doubleheader

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern softball team completed a doubleheader sweep over Kutztown on Thursday afternoon from the AD Griffin Sports Complex. Alexis Smith led the way for NSU, totaling four hits and three RBIs across both games, including the game-winning RBI in game one.  

Breakdown  (GAME ONE) 

Score: Nova Southeastern 1 (W: A. Drogemuller, 8-4) | Kutztown 0 (L: N. Harvey, 6-3)                  
Records: Nova Southeastern (17-6, 6-3 SSC) | Kutztown (12-6)         
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | AD Griffin Sports Complex  
Get Social: @NSUSharks and @NSUSoftball on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube   
 

How it Happened

BOT 5th – With Alyssa Drogemuller on base, Smith came up to the plate and hit a triple to right center, putting the first run on the board and ultimately securing the 1-0 victory for NSU. 
 

Breakdown (GAME TWO) 
 
Score: Nova Southeastern 5 (W: B. Mahaney, 7-1) | Kutztown 0 (L: H. Gravish 5-4)                  
Records: Nova Southeastern (18-6, 6-3 SSC) | Kutztown (12-7)    
 

How it Happened

BOT 3rd – Smith picked up where she left off in game one, singling up the middle to bring two runners across home plate for NSU. Shortly after, a sacrifice fly from Madison Fine brought Smith home to put the Sharks ahead 3-0.  

BOT 5th – The Sharks surge continued as a sacrifice fly from Brenna Lokeinsky put another NSU run on the board. 

BOT 6th – Gianna Russo earned an RBI single, extending the Sharks lead to 5-0. 

Nova Southeastern would go on to secure the doubleheader sweep against Kutztown. 

Shark Standouts               

Alexis Smith earned her seventh triple of the season.  

What's Next

NSU will return to action Saturday, March 16th in an SSC doubleheader against Palm Beach Atlantic. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM.  

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