With the field of 64 set to begin competing in the NCAA Div. I Softball Championship, the field has also been set for the 2019 National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) with action starting on Thursday, May 16.
Regionals will be double-elimination, with the four overall winners advancing to the championship round held May 24-26 at the Triple Crown Sports Complex in Fort Collins.
This is the third year of the tournament, which features 19 teams, including the past two champions Liberty (2017) and Loyola Marymount (2018).
For 11 programs, it is their first time playing in the NISC.
It’s the second trip in the brackets for Eastern Kentucky, Liberty, Loyola Marymount, South Dakota State, Stephen F. Austin and UC Riverside.
It marks the third time for Nevada and UT Arlington.
Here’s a look at Thursday’s schedule (all times local):
Nevada (Reno, Nev.)
Fresno State vs. UC Riverside, 1 p.m. PT
Nevada vs. Loyola Marymount, 4 p.m. PT
Stephen F. Austin (Nacogdoches, Texas)
Middle Tennessee vs. McNeese State, 3 p.m. CT
Stephen F. Austin vs. UT Arlington, 6 p.m. CT
Iowa State (Ames, Iowa)
South Dakota vs. Purdue, 10 a.m. CT
South Dakota State vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1 p.m. CT
South Dakota/Purdue winner vs. Iowa State, 4 p.m. CT
Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.)
Appalachian State vs. Rutgers, 10 a.m. ET
George Washington vs. Marshall, 1 p.m. ET
Appalachian State/Rutgers winner vs. Liberty, 4 p.m. ET
Marshall/George Washington winner vs. Kent State, 7 p.m. ET
Information provided by NFCA and Triple Crown Sports (TCS), which hosts the event.