MSU Softball Up to #2 Nationally, #1 Regionally

Midwestern State received its highest national ranking in program history Wednesday morning when the Mustangs moved to No. 2 in the latest National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association Top 25.
MSU also kept Alabama-Huntsville from a unanimous No. 1 selection by claiming its first ever No. 1 vote.
The Mustangs (35-4) are one of seven teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the national poll after claiming its second consecutive Lone Star Conference Crossover championship by rolling to a 5-1 mark last weekend in San Angelo.
Other ranked teams in the region include No. 10 Angelo State (30-5), No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha (29-5), No. 18 Emporia State (24-7) and No. 23 West Texas A&M while St. Mary's (Texas) and Southeastern Oklahoma are receiving votes.
The Mustangs previously reached as high as No. 3 in the rankings which is where they stood each of the last two weeks after first gaining the position in the final regular season poll of 2010.
Midwestern State returns to LSC North Division play with a three-game series at Southwestern Oklahoma this weekend. The Mustangs and Bulldogs meet for one game Friday at 3 p.m. before completing the set with a twin bill Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

MSU Tops South Central Region

Midwestern State claimed the top ranking in the South Central Regional Wednesday afternoon as released by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.

The Mustangs (35-4) claimed their second consecutive Lone Star Conference Crossover title including wins over then-No. 2 Angelo State and No. 15 West Texas A&M last weekend in San Angelo to 5-1 at the tournament.

Midwestern leads a strong contingent from the LSC as the league laid claim to five of the top eight posts in the ranking.

Angelo State (31-5) slipped one spot to No. 2 followed by No. 3 Emporia State (24-7), No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha (29-5), No. 5 West Texas A&M (27-11), No. 6 St. Mary's (27-14), No. 7 Central Oklahoma (20-15), No. 8 Southeastern Oklahoma (28-16), No. 9 Missouri Western (25-8) and No. 10 East Central (22-9).

The top eight teams advance to the 2011 NCAA Division II South Central Regional which will be played in two four-team, double elimination tournaments at campus sites during the weekend of May 13-15.

The advancing teams in a best 2-of-3 super regional at the site of the highest remaining seed on May 21-22 for the right to play in the 2011 NCAA Division II Softball Championships to be held from May 26-30 at Moyer Complex in Salem, Va.