ISU Co-Hosts Third Annual State Farm Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship
Melinda Fischer
Melinda Fischer

Sept. 29, 2010

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State softball team, along with the Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission and the Town of Normal Parks and Recreation, will co-host the third-annual State Farm Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship Saturday and Sunday at Champion Fields in Normal, Ill. The tournament will feature 10 NCAA Division I softball teams from the state of Illinois, as well as two junior college programs.

"Bringing this type of tournament into the town of Normal is a tremendous softball venue," head coach Melinda Fischer said. "We really appreciate the support of State Farm, the town of Normal, and the Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission. With 10 of the 12 Division I teams in Illinois participating in this event, I think as a person interested in potentially playing collegiate softball some day, this is a tremendous opportunity to really get a good look at what is available in the state of Illinois. Teams take a lot of pride in being able to do well in this tournament and when you have these 12 teams in one location at one time, I think it is an awesome opportunity to see what Division I softball is all about."

Teams participating in this year's tournament include: Bradley, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Heartland Community College, Illinois State, Illinois-Chicago, Lake Land College, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville, and Western Illinois.

"The Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission is very excited that this event has continued to strengthen in its third year with these great teams, and we look forward to another great tournament," said Matt Hawkins, sports marketing manager of the Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission and ICSC Tournament Director.

Tournament play begins Saturday, Oct. 2, at 12 p.m. with pool play, while bracket games will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. The brackets for Sunday's games will be determined by the results of Saturday's pool play contests. Tickets for adults are $20 for the weekend or $12 per day. Tickets for youth and seniors are $12 for the weekend or $8 per day. A concession ticket valued at $1 will be included with each admission purchased and two concession tickets will be included with all-tournament passes.



The Redbirds will open pool play Saturday with a 12 p.m. game against Northern Illinois, followed by a 5 p.m. contest with SIU Edwardsville. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.