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UT-Tyler to host NCAA Softball Regional

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (UT-Tyler Athletics) The University of Texas at Tyler has been selected to serve as one of eight regional sites for the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championships, the NCAA announced Friday.

The selection of UT Tyler and the seven other sites (Alma, Mich., Pella, Iowa, Amherst, Mass, Newport News, Va., Willimantic, Conn., Bloomington, Ill., and Union, N.J.) was made by the NCAA Division III Softball Committee and approved by the Championships Committee.

"We are extremely pleased that the NCAA has once again recognized UT Tyler's ability to provide the highest quality championship experience to the participating teams and their fans," said Peyton Low, UT Tyler's assistant athletic director and tournament site director. "The University's outstanding facilities and the hospitality provided by the City of Tyler and SportTYLER are a great combination for championship-level competition."

Participants in the 60-team field will be selected and assigned to regional sites when the championship bracket is announced on Monday, May 7.

Automatic qualifiers (conference champions) will receive 41 of the 60 berths, independent institutions will receive two bids, and the remaining 17 berths are awarded at-large by the Division III Softball Committee.

The double-elimination regional tournaments will begin May 10 for eight-team regional sites and May 11 for six-team sites.

This is the second year in-a-row that UT Tyler has been selected as a host site.

The University also previously served as host of the West Regional in 2008.

The winners of the eight regional sites will advance to the 2012 Finals at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

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