PSU hosts first round play in the NCAA softball tournament starting tomorrow (Friday) at Beard Field. The tournament starts with #13 Oregon (38-15) facing American East champ Albany (27-21) at 2:30. PSU (28-22-1) takes on A10 champ Fordham (41-17) at 5:00. Winners face off Saturday at 2:30 with the losers in the double elimination tournament meeting at 5:00 pm.
On the bigger diamond, the men are in Ann Arbor for the final weekend of the regular season. Today they beat last place Michigan 1-0 to move into a tie for sixth place, the last spot that qualifies for the Big Ten tournament. Four teams, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, and Indiana are fighting for the last three Big Ten tournament slots with just two game left. The good news is that Penn State controls it’s own destiny and with one more win, they are in. In fact, the race is bunched so tightly that they can actually finish as high as tied for second (although I believe that they would lose the tie-breaker for seeding in the tournament - it’s actually too complex for me to try figure out at the moment)