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College softball: Lady Owls will go to Mississippi for NAIA opener

College softball: Lady Owls will go to Mississippi for NAIA opener

May 9th, 2019 by Ryan Boland in College Sports

The William Woods University Lady Owls are heading to Mississippi for the opening round of the 39th-annual NAIA Softball World Series.

William Woods (23-25) will play ninth-ranked Vanguard (California) University (43-11) at 1 p.m. Monday in the Hattiesburg Bracket. Host William Carey University and College of Idaho are the other two schools in the double-elimination bracket.

The winner advances to the NAIA World Series in Springfield from May 23-29.

William Woods will be making its 19th appearance in the national tournament and first since 2014. The Lady Owls earned an automatic bid after finishing as the runner-up to Columbia College in last week's American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Vanguard captured its third straight Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season title, but lost to Hope International in the championship of the GSAC Tournament.