Charlotte, NC (April 26, 2018) – With the close of the regular season, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) releases its 2018 CIAA Softball Championship Bracket. The three-day, double elimination championship will open with two (2) 12:00 p.m. games on Monday, April 30th at Moyer Park in Salem, Va.
Virginia Union will enter the Softball Tournament as the #2 seed in the Northern Division of the CIAA and will face the #3 seed in the south, Winston-Salem State University, at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30.
The defending Champion Hawks of Chowan enter this year's tournament No. 1 of the Northern Division after marking a perfect 10-0 season in the division (16-0 conference, 27-14 overall). In the first round of the tournament, the Hawks will meet the South's No. 4 Bears of Shaw University. Earning a championship appearance for the first time since 2011, the Bears enter the post-season 4-6 in the division and 8-8 in CIAA play (10-18 overall).
In the South, Saint Augustine's University takes the No. 1 seed with a 9-1 division record (13-3 CIAA, 16-8 overall). The Lady Falcons will meet the North's No. 4 Bowie State University (5-5 Division, 7-9 CIAA, 12-17 Overall). The Bowie State Bulldogs finished the 2017 season runner-up to the Hawks of Chowan.
The additional contest of the opening round will feature S No. 2 Fayetteville State University versus N No. 3 Virginia State University.
The Championship Consolation Round will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday with the loser of the SAU/BSU game versus the loser of the VUU/WSSU contest. The final game of opening day will be a consolation contest between the loser of the FSU/VSU game versus the loser of CU/SU.
The double elimination tournament will continue into Tuesday with two 12:00 p.m. and two 2:30 p.m. games. The final game of Day 2 is slated for 5:00 p.m.
Championship finals will be played on Wednesday, May 2nd at 3:30 p.m. at Moyer Park. If a tiebreaker situation exists the ultimate elimination game will begin 30 minutes following the tie.