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Nationally ranked UNG to host NCAA regional

This weekend, the University of North Georgia softball team will host an NCAA regional tournament for the fifth time in six seasons.

The University of North Georgia (UNG) softball team has earned the top seed and will host a 2014 NCAA Division II regional tournament May 9-11 at UNG's Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium. The NCAA appearance is the seventh in a row for the Nighthawks and marks the fifth time in six seasons the team has hosted an NCAA regional. 

UNG has moved up two spots and is ranked second in the nation in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II Poll; UNG has a record of 43-9 and stands atop the final Southeast regional poll. 

The other three teams competing in the Dahlonega tournament are fourth-seeded Wingate University (36-18), fifth-seeded Lenior-Rhyne University (39-13), and eighth-seeded University of Mount Olive (24-24). Lenior-Rhyne is ranked No. 24 in the nation.

Second-seeded Anderson University will host the other Southeast Regional in Anderson, South Carolina, with three Peach Belt Conference schools: third-seeded Armstrong Atlantic (30-12), sixth-seeded USC Aiken (32-14), and seventh-seeded Georgia College (34-15). 

The winners of the two Southeast regionals will play at the home field of highest remaining seed on May 16-17 in a Super Regional. The 64 Division II playoff teams are competing in 16 regional tournaments around the nation May 8-11. Super Regionals are set for May 16-17 and the Division II Championship tournament is scheduled for May 22-26 at James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

The double-elimination Southeast regional tournament will start Friday in Dahlonega, with Wingate and Lenior-Rhyne beginning at 4 p.m., followed by the Nighthawks and Mount Olive at 6:30 p.m.

Six games will be played, with a seventh if necessary. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted free. Tournament passes are $20 for adults and $10 for students. 

Fans can find all the updated news including previews, game stories, links to live video and statistics, press conferences and travel information at the 2014 NCAA Dahlonega Regional Website.

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