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Ferris State Softball Opens GLIAC Tourney Play Thursday Afternoon In Illinois

Ferris State Softball Opens GLIAC Tourney Play Thursday Afternoon In Illinois

Big Rapids, Mich. - The "second" season for the Ferris State University softball team begins this weekend (May 4-7) as the Bulldogs seek to claim their third Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament title in the program's history.

The Bulldogs along with five other teams are scheduled to compete in the 2023 GLIAC Softball Tournament, which will take place for the first time at the Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Ill.

Ferris State, which enters the tournament having won five of its final eight regular-season matchups, is the number four seed and will go up against number three seed Purdue Northwest this Thursday (May 4) in an opening-round tilt at the double-elimination conference tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. (ET).

FSU, under first-year head coach Jake Schumann, wrapped up the regular-season with the program's most regular-season wins, 23, in seven years. The Bulldogs' opponent, Purdue Northwest, is currently 32-20 overall and posted a 15-9 mark in league action.

Comprising the six-team tourney field are Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State, Purdue Northwest, Ferris State, Davenport and Parkside in seeding order. GVSU claimed the top overall seed after winning the GLIAC regular-season crown.

The 2023 GLIAC Softball Tournament Championship game is set for this Sunday (May 7) in Rosemont. A 12 p.m. (ET) starting time is scheduled for the title contest. The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament at a campus site to be announced.

Ferris State has won two conference tournaments (2000 and 2005) in the program's history to date. The Bulldogs have registered a 19-22 record in GLIAC Tournament play since 2005. This year's berth will represent FSU's second consecutive trip to the league tournament after reaching the semifinals a year ago.

Tickets for the GLIAC Tournament can be purchased online in advance and are $10 for adults or $6 for student/children for a full single day admission.

The complete conference tournament central website can be found at this link:
GLIAC Tourney Information