• Lillie Burke

Sports roundup: Game days to look out for this summer

As finals come to an end and students begin to make plans for the summer, some Belmont student-athletes will remain in Nashville to finish their respective seasons.

Both tennis teams wrap up their seasons on April 18, when the men’s and women’s teams face off against Jacksonville State University. The women’s team has a record of 5-8, while the men’s team sits at 10-3.

The men’s team is guaranteed to make it to the postseason. Nonetheless, the team will be working to retain its No. 2 seed before the Ohio Valley Conference tennis championships on April 24.

The women’s tennis team will be fighting to clinch a playoff spot, but even if the team wins its last matchup against Jacksonville, they will have to rely on the outcomes of the other matches of the week to secure a playoff spot.

The softball team, with its record of 10-18, will be playing regular-season games into the middle of May.

In the remainder of its season, Belmont softball will challenge several conference opponents. However, lying in the bottom third of the OVC softball standings means a playoff run for the Bruins is less than likely. Still, the team will be looking to make good of the opportunities it has left.

With several matchups left in its season after 13 wins and 16 losses, the baseball team will be playing deep into May with several series against conference teams.

During this time, they will contend for a coveted playoff spot. Due to the parity between the OVC’s baseball programs, the Bruins are only a few wins separated from playoff contention. Sitting in the middle of the standings, the baseball team has a chance for a postseason spot if it goes on a winning run.

Key wins in its series against Murray State University, Jacksonville State University and Morehead State University will prove important if this Belmont team wishes to continue their season deeper into the summer. If the baseball team earns a playoff position, it will begin championship play on May 27.

In soccer, the men’s team battles to bring home a trophy from the Southern Conference championship. They face the University of North Carolina at Greensboro April 17, where the Bruins will be keen on defeating the team that beat them in overtime the year prior.

A win at Greensboro means the Bruins will attain the Southern Conference’s automatic bid for the national championship and move on to the NCAA soccer tournament starting April 29.

The track and field teams will have meets into the first weeks of May, with conference championships beginning May 13. Athletes will then move on to the NCAA preliminary round May 27, and those who qualify will advance to the NCAA outdoor championship June 9.

A composite schedule of Belmont sports into the summer is available via Belmont Athletics.

This article was written by David Pang. Photo by Sarah Maninger.

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