South East University softball continues to grow

Wed 27 Jun 2018

The South East University Softball League (SEUSL), now established as a popular competition structure among universities in the south east of England, finished its third full season recently with the University of Southampton crowned as 2017-18 champion.

In a very competitive season, both Oxford Brookes University and the University of Portsmouth pushed Southampton close, as seen in the table below, but the Mustangs held on to claim the title and bring the trophy to the South Coast.

Steady growth

The competition has grown steadily from its first year in 2015-16, with six teams now taking part, and all games played with an excellent competitive, social and sporting ethos.   The aim is for more universities to join the league for the 2018-19 season.

Chichester University Sports Dome provided a good venue for the indoor game dates and the Solent Softball League's home field in Southampton offered ideal grass diamonds for the last game day.  Solent Softball League representatives Matt Andrews, Matt Tebb and David Morris provided excellent umpiring and league facilitating throughout the season. 


Southampton’s winning team captain, Alex Owen, said: "We were delighted to win this season's SEUSL. It’s played over the whole university year and lots of our students put a lot of effort and commitment into it.  It’s also fun and social for our male and female members playing together.  We look forward to trying to defend the title again next year!"

BSUK’s South East Development Manager Patrick Knock said: "I'm really happy with how the SEUSL has now become a permanent and regular fixture in the university sports calendar.  We had our largest league this past year, and I feel there's potential to see it grow even further, opening it up to universities such as Reading, Sussex, Chichester and Herts among others, where we have, or plan to set up, new baseball/softball programmes.

“I'd also like to say a huge thanks to Matt Andrews and the other Solent Softball League members,” Patrick added, “for their support as league facilitators.  The SEUSL wouldn't be possible without their efforts!"


Below are the final standings showing the points earned by each of the universities across five league playing dates:

TEAMS Game Day 1

Game Day 2

Game Day 3 Game Day 4 Game Day 5 Game Day 6
University of Southampton 4 6 5 3 6 24
University of Portsmouth 1 6 5 2 6 4 23
Oxford Brookes University 1 2 3 6 5 5 21
University of Brighton 5 4 4 4 0 17
University of Portsmouth 2 3 2 0 1 0 6
Oxford Brookes University 2 0 0 3 2 0 5


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