INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Despite a disappointing run in this past weekend’s Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship, the Lady Railsplitters remained at No.8 in the latest NCAA Southeast Region ranking, retaining the possibility of earning an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament.
Lincoln Memorial (26-17) entered the SAC Softball Championship as the five seed after setting the program record for league victories with 12, but losses to fourth-seeded Tusculum and top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne eliminated the Lady Railsplitters early. But, that didn’t alter the Lady Railsplitters’ regional ranking as they remained at No.8 with a 23-17 mark against in-region opponents.
The NCAA Southeast Region is comprised of the South Atlantic Conference, the Peach Belt Conference and Conference Carolinas with the top eight teams, selected by the Southeast Region committee, earning a spot in the Southeast Regional field. Each of the conference tournament winners collect automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, while there remain five at-large bids up for grabs.
The Lady Railsplitters boast wins over five teams represented in the region rankings, headlined by an 8-6 triumph against top-ranked and No.4 nationally North Georgia on February 17 as well as a 6-2 win over second-ranked and No.16 nationally Anderson, winners of the Food Lion SAC Championship. Lincoln Memorial also claims a 3-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne, the fifth-ranked team in the region and the 24th-ranked squad in the nation.
Lincoln Memorial will learn its postseason fate via a live selection show hosted on NCAA.com at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Lady Railsplitter senior outfielder Brianna Mulkey has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District III Softball Team, officials with the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Thursday.
Mulkey is only the fourth player in the history of the LMU softball program to earn the nod for the Academic All-District Team and the first to do so since Meghan LaFevor in 2012. Former Lady Railsplitters Jenny Lowe and Nikki Miller also garnered that distinction in 2000.
Mulkey has excelled both in the classroom and on the field this season as she compiled a 3.42 grade-point average while completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. All the while, she was also named to the All-South Atlantic Conference first team and the Female Athlete of the Year at the annual LMU Athletics Banquet after leading the Lady Railsplitters in nearly every offensive category. The Kettering, Ohio native batted .412 (seventh-highest in school history) with 54 hits, 19 stolen bases and a .510 on-base percentage (second-highest in school history).
By all accounts, Mulkey leaves Lincoln Memorial as one of the best to ever wear the Blue and Gray. She ranks first in the school’s career history for stolen bases with 119 (fifth in South Atlantic Conference history), third with 132 runs scored (11th in SAC history), fourth in hits with 214, eighth with a lifetime .358 batting average and eighth with a career .422 on-base percentage. Mulkey is one of only eight players total between the LMU baseball and softball teams to accumulate more than 200 career hits.
With her selection to the All-District Team, Mulkey will advance to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America ballot. The voting period for the All-America ballot begins on May 6.