Published on May 15, 2016 by Philip Poole  
Softball NCAA

The Samford Bulldog softball team continued its record-setting season by winning the 2016 Southern Conference tournament May 14 with a dramatic 8-inning come-from-behind victory over rival Furman. The Bulldogs entered the tournament as the regular season champions and #1 seed. Furman was the #2 seed.

It was Samford’s first championship since joining the Southern Conference in 2008. The only previous championship was 25 years ago in what is now the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The Bulldogs will head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, May 20 to face #4 national seed University of Alabama in a first-round game. Texas State University and the University of California are the other two teams in the Tuscaloosa regional. Friday’s game at 4 p.m. CDT will be telecast on the SEC network.

Championship story

NCAA Tournament

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.