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• Kennesaw State (39-18) is making its first postseason appearance since transitioning to the NCAA Division I level in 2006 as it competes in the National Invitational Softball Championship.
KSU will open play against Weber State (37-20-1), which was a 3-2 winner over host Liberty on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET).
• The Owls drew the top seed in the tournament and advanced to the championship round after posting a 3-0 mark in Region 5 play. KSU recorded a 2-1 victory over Western Kentucky before registering back-to-back victories over host Georgia State (5-3, 3-2).
• Kennesaw State posted come-from-behind wins in all three games of Region 5 play.
• The Owls are seeking their first postseason championship since winning the 1996 NCAA Division II national championship.
• KSU finished second in the ASUN Conference standings with an 11-6 mark and went 1-2 in the ASUN Conference Championship.
• The 39 wins by the Owls rank as the second most in program history since moving to the Division I level. KSU went 44-20 in 2007.
• Kennesaw State ranks in the Top 50 nationally in stolen bases per game, triples per game, doubles per game, batting average, slugging percentage, scoring and ERA.
• Head coach Pete D'Amour is in his first season leading the Kennesaw State program after spending the previous 10 years on the coaching staff at Missouri where he helped the Tigers advance to three Women's College World Series, eight NCAA Super Regionals, and 10 NCAA regionals, while winning two.
• Kennesaw State's trip to Lynchburg, Va., will mark a homecoming to their home region for head coach Pete D'Amour and senior pitcher Logan Viers. D'Amour is a native of Monrovia, Md., while Viers is from Abingdon, Va.
Monday, May 22
Illinois State (33-22) vs. Lamar (31-29), 10 a.m. ET
Kennesaw State (39-18) vs. Weber State (37-20), 1 p.m. ET
Liberty vs. Illinois State/Lamar loser, 4 p.m. ET
Cal Poly vs. Kennesaw State/Weber State loser, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, May 23
Loser's bracket game, 1 p.m. ET
Winner's bracket game, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Loser's bracket game, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Wednesday, May 24
Championship Game, 12 p.m. ET, (ESPN3)
Championship Game (if necessary), 3 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
The two semifinal games (May 23) and the championship (May 24) will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Weber State (36-20-1, 15-5 Big Sky)
• 3-1 in NISC Region 2
• Top Hitters: Takesha Saltern (.456, 53 Runs); Sara Hingsberger (.341, 14 2Bs, 7 HR, 53 RBIs)
• Top Pitcher: Kirtlyn Bohling (21-12, 2.65 ERA, 141 SO)
• Team Batting Average: .324
• Team ERA: 3.35
• Series versus Weber State: N/A/
• Last Meeting versus Liberty: N/A
The double-elimination NISC Championship round will conclude Kennesaw State's 2017 season.
COURTNEY SUTTER TABBED NFCA All-SOUTH REGION
The postseason honors continued for senior Courtney Sutter as she was named third team all-south region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday (May 18). Sutter became the third Kennesaw State player to earn NFCA regional honors during the program's Division I era. She joins Jessica Cross (2008) and Sharon Swanson (2011) who previously receive all-region accolades. The KSU catcher, who has enjoyed a career-year in 2017 is batting .382 with 15 home runs, 50 RBIs, a .724 slugging percentage, .462 on-base percentage and 39 runs scored, all career bests that rank among the ASUN Conference leaders. Her 15 home runs and .724 slugging percentage rank fifth on KSU's single-season lists.
RECORD SEVEN PLAYERS EARN ASUN CONFERENCE ACCOLADES
The successful regular by Kennesaw State resulted in a record seven individuals earning ASUN All-Conference honors. Highlighting the list were senior Courtney Sutter and freshman Alley Cutting, who were named Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Both players were tabbed first-team all-conference, while senior Taylor Denton, Olivia Tamewitz, sophomore Hannah Thomason and junior Noelle Winkles were selected to the second team. Katey Lynch joined Cutting and Tamewitz on the all-freshman team.
TAMEWITZ NAMED TOP 25 FINALIST FOR NFCA NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Outfielder Olivia Tamewitz was named as one of 25 finalists for the Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Award, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced on Thursday (April 20). The group includes nine infielders, six outfielders, four pitchers, four utility players and two catchers. The list will be pared from 25 to 10 on May 11, to three on May 24, and the National Freshman of the Year announcement is May 30. Tamewitz has started 44 games and is batting .377 with 31 runs scored, 55 hits (nine doubles, seven triples and two home runs) and 26 RBIs, while recording a .575 slugging percentage, .399 on-base percentage and 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts.
Sophomore Jessie Mullen has come up big during postseason play. The KSU shortstop is batting .333 (6-for-18) with five runs scored and leads the team with five runs scored, three home runs and four RBIs. She muscled two home runs during the ASUN Conference Championship, including an extra-inning game-winner versus North Florida, and cleared the fence against Georgia State during the NISC Tournament.
Senior Courtney Sutter has been hot over the last six games, batting .400 (6-for-15) with three runs scored, two home runs and three RBIs. She homered in the ASUN Conference Championship and added a big homer during the Owls' 5-3 come-from-behind win over Georgia State in the NISC.