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May 22, 2014

WSU softball advances to D-II College World Series

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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WSU softball advances to D-II College World Series
Wayne State University softball players are pictured with a trophy after defeating the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a best two-of-three series at the NCAA Midwest Super Regional. The Warriors earned their third trip to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

DETROIT — Wayne State University’s softball team advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series after defeating the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a best two-of-three series at the NCAA Midwest Super Regional May 17 in St. Louis, Missouri.

After losing the first game of the series, the Warriors came back to take the next two games 1-0 and 8-4.

Wayne State was scheduled to face Valdosta State University in an opening-round game of the College World Series May 22. Heading into the tourney, the Warriors had an overall record of 45-10.

It is the third time in program history that Wayne State has advanced to the College World Series.

“It’s always really exciting,” said Wayne State coach Gary Bryce. “You’re one of the last eight standing. It’s hard to get there, great credit to the kids — fortunate to get back this year. Helps the university, helps recruiting. We have a great bunch of kids — they’ve worked hard.”

Wayne State’s other accomplishments this season include winning the GLIAC tournament title and three games in the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament.

The College World Series is scheduled to take place May 22-26 in Virginia.

In other WSU athletics news:
The Warriors’ (36-17) baseball season came to an end following a 6-2 defeat in an elimination game to Southern Indiana in an NCAA Midwest Regional game May 17 in Evansville, Indiana.

Wayne State lost to Grand Valley State University 7-2 in a Midwest Regional game May 16.

The Warriors finished the season with the most victories in program history.

In other local collegiate news:
The University of Detroit Mercy men’s track and field team is slated to have two roster members compete in the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Championship preliminary round in the East Region, scheduled for May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Senior Eric Lewis is scheduled to compete in the preliminary round for the second time, with junior Colin Cashner slated to go for the first time.

At press time, Lewis is 26th in the East Region, thanks to a throw of 204 feet, 8 inches at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell in April. That throw broke a UDM record.

Cashner’s throw of 196-6 at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships at Youngstown State University earlier this month puts him at 45th, at press time, in the East Region.

The top 24 athletes from the preliminary round earn a place at the NCAA Championship, which is scheduled to take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.