This weekend's St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament will be all about newness. For the first time since 2012, the tournament will be played somewhere other than Elsah, Illinois. The tournament field will also include several "new" programs looking to leave their mark. Greenville, the reigning SLIAC Tournament Champion, still has memories of becoming the new champion last spring, ending a six-year reign by Fontbonne. Meanwhile, Fontbonne begins the tournament as something new to them, not being the top seed. That right goes to Westminster, who won the program's first-ever outright regular season title this year. Webster also returns to the tournament for the first time since 2012.
Tournament at a Glance
This year's tournament will be held at ABC Park in St. Ann, Missouri, just 15 minutes from the campus of Fontbonne University who will serve as this year's host. The tournament is a three-day, double elimination format with games running from Thursday, May 4 through Saturday, May 6. For directions to ABC Park click HERE
Thursday, May 4
Game 1- #1 Westminster vs. #4 Fontbonne, 5 p.m.
Game 2- #2 Greenville vs. #3 Webster, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 5
Game 3- Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4- Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 5- Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
Game 6- Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 2 p.m.
Game 7- If Necessary, immediately following Game 6
The 2017 SLIAC Softball Championship game will be broadcast live courtesy of College Casts. To listen go to the tournament page and click on the Audio Link located next to championship game or go HERE
- Fontbonne first-year head coach Danni Glixman is the program's career leader in batting average, hits, and runs batted in and ranks 3rd all-time in NCAA Division III in doubles.
- Greenville's Kate Joliff is just one home run away from holding the SLIAC Triple Crown. She leads the conference in batting average (.462) and runs batted in (43) while ranking second in home runs (7).
- Webster has put together two separate winning streaks of at least eight games this season, including 10 straight to start the year; the program's best start since 2000.
- Westminster features a remarkable 14 freshmen on their roster, the youngest team in the tournament this year.
Overall Record: 13-21
SLIAC Record: 11-7
Tournament Trips: 18
Tournament Titles: 9
|Fontbonne University 'GRIFFINS'
The Griffins biggest game of the year came in the regular season's final doubleheader. Needing a sweep to return to the tournament, the Griffins got it, snapping a ten game losing streak in the process. Fontbonne is hitting .288 as a team, averaging 4.9 runs per game this season. Despite ranking just sixth in the conference in team batting average the Griffins feature two of the top ten batting average leaders in the conference in Emelia Modglin (.402) and Courtney Kedroski (.391). That duo has combined for five of the team's 14 home runs this year. Sam Brown and Maddie Cooksey are tied with Kedroski for the team lead in home runs with three. The graduation of last year's SLIAC Pitcher of the Year, Madison Leonard, has left the Griffins with three young pitchers. Maddy Strickland, a sophomore, leads the team with over 100 innings pitched while sophomore Diamond Thomas has logged over 70 innings.
Overall Record: 21-15
SLIAC Record: 14-4
Tournament Trips: 13
Tournament Titles: 2
Greenville College 'PANTHERS'
Overall Record: 26-13
SLIAC Record: 13-5
Tournament Trips: 12
Tournament Titles: 4
Webster University 'GORLOKS'
Overall Record: 23-11
SLIAC Record: 16-2
Tournament Trips: 14
Tournament Titles: 3
Westminster College 'BLUE JAYS'
Westminster has won ten straight games as they enter the SLIAC Tournament, the longest active winning streak in the conference. The Blue Jays are hitting a conference-high .341 as a team, averaging 7.1 runs per game. Westminster rolls out a deep lineup that knows how to put runners on, holding a .412 team on-base percentage. Last year's SLIAC Player of the Year Erica Burney is in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup. Burney is hitting .429 with three home runs and 26 runs batted in. A pair of freshman, Josie Cotter and Aubrie Vaughn, have made immediate impacts with their bats. Cotter is hitting .382 with five home runs and 39 runs batted while Vaughn is hitting .368 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in. Amber Tepen adds to the depth, hitting .367 with 29 runs batted in, and is the program's career leader in doubles and RBI. Senior infielder Brittany Hodge, who missed time recently due to an injury, anchors a Blue Jay defense that ranks fourth in the conference in team fielding percentage. The Blue Jays will turn the ball over to the duo of Alyson Hahn and Katie Price. Hahn, a senior, provides the leadership in the circle and has a team-best 2.34 earned-run average while Price, a freshman, has thrown a team-high 87 innings this season.