May 24, 1983.
On this day, the IUPUI Metros softball team began play in their first of nine consecutive annual appearances in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament. The 1983 national tournament took place at Kearney State University in Nebraska. The Metros women reached the tournament by winning a three-state preliminary tournament. Prior to the national tournament, the team boasted an undefeated NAIA record (19-0) and a 34-8-2 overall record, earning them the top-seed placement.
The Metros, coached by P. Nicholas Kellum, finished fifth in the national tournament, winning their first two games before losing to Emporia State, the eventual champion, in the third round and being eliminated by a loss to Winthrop in the fourth. Four Metros were named to the NAIA All-American team.
In each of the following eight years (through 1991), the IUPUI softball team reached the NAIA national tournament. The Metros were a powerful force in women's collegiate softball, regularly defeating NCAA Division I and II teams.
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