WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — After registering 30 wins in the regular season and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Softball Tournament, Purdue's season continues at the National Invitational Softball Championships (NISC).
The 2019 NISC launches four regional sites at Liberty, Nevada, Stephen F. Austin and Iowa State. All regionals are double elimination, with the four regional winners advancing to the NISC championship round held in Fort Collins, Colorado, from May 24 to 26.
One of 19 teams participating in the NISC, Purdue heads to the Iowa State regional in Ames, Iowa, beginning on Thursday, May 16, with Eastern Kentucky, South Dakota, South Dakota State and the host Cyclones.
The Boilermakers open the tournament against South Dakota on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. The contest will mark Purdue's second meeting with the Coyotes this season. The teams earlier met at the Madeira Beach College Invitational in February, with South Dakota securing a 4-2 victory.
The 2019 season marks the third year of the NISC and Purdue's first appearance in the tournament. In the debut season of 2017, the championship was won by Liberty, and last year's title went to Loyola Marymount.
2019 NISC Participants
Appalachian State (31-23, 13-13 Sun Belt)
Eastern Kentucky (34-20, 16-6 Ohio Valley)
Fresno State (36-18, 14-10 Mountain West)
George Washington (42-16, 15-7 Atlantic 10)
Iowa State (32-23, 7-11 Big 12)
Kent State (27-24, 11-5 MAC)
Liberty (37-20, 16-5 Atlantic Sun)
Loyola Marymount (35-18, 11-4 West Coast)
Marshall (29-20, 17-7 Conference USA)
McNeese State (30-30, 19-8 Southland)
Middle Tennessee (29-28, 11-13 Conference USA)
Nevada (27-25, 11-13 Mountain West)
Purdue (31-27, 6-17 Big Ten)
Rutgers (28-24, 11-12 Big Ten)
South Dakota (33-26, 12-6 Summit)
South Dakota State (36-17, 11-7 Summit)
Stephen F. Austin (25-21, 18-9 Southland)
UC Riverside (26-25, 8-13 Big West)
UT Arlington (30-26, 17-10 Sun Belt)
At Nevada (Reno, Nev.)
Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, UC Riverside
At Stephen F. Austin (Nacogdoches, Texas)
McNeese State, Middle Tennessee, Stephen F. Austin, UT Arlington
At Iowa State (Ames, Iowa)
Eastern Kentucky, Iowa State, Purdue, South Dakota, South Dakota State
At Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.)
Appalachian State, George Washington, Kent State, Liberty, Marshall, Rutgers
Follow all the action with scores, schedules, livestream details and recaps at www.womensnisc.com.