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Sunday, July 3, 2016

NCAA Moves Super Regionals to Three-Day Schedule

The Division 1 Competition Oversight Committee announced changes to the Super Regional schedule, set to take effect next season.

The changes will move the best-of-three Supers from the previous setup of a two-day series with the "if necessary" game being played as game two of a doubleheader to the new format of a three-day series with the "if necessary" game being played on the third day.

In the two-day format, the Supers historically have scattered starts, beginning alternately on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and ending the next day. With this new format, Saturday will be eliminated as a potential "start" day.

The Oversight Committee noted the significance of a possible Game 3 as the do-or-die for a berth in the Women's College World Series and, as such, noted the belief that it should be played as a stand-alone game on a day all its own.

A statement from Committee Chairwoman Mollie Lehman read, in part, "The new schedule allows teams to get proper rest before playing the most important game of their season. We certainly want our student-athletes to have the opportunity to be at their peak performance level as they attempt to advance to championship play at the Women's College World Series."

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