Terps women gain 1st bid to NCAA tourney

No. 21 Maryland to face SW Texas State in opener


The Maryland softball team will be going to the NCAA tournament for the first time in the program's five-year history, facing fourth-ranked Southwest Texas State in the first round at 4: 30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday in Tucson, Ariz.

The Terps, ranked No. 21 with a 48-21 record, earned an automatic bid into the field of 48 as champion of the South Atlantic Softball Alliance/Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland is seeded third in the regional.

Other teams competing are top-seeded Arizona, No. 2-seeded Kansas, No. 5 Southeast Missouri State and No. 6 East Carolina.

Maryland is led by senior pitcher Kelly Shipman, who has won a school-record 29 games, with an earned run average of 0.98. She has 1,013 career strikeouts.

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