MSU Softball Stays #2 Nationally, #1 in Region

Midwestern State maintained its No. 2 ranking in the latest National Fast-pitch Coaches' Association Top 25 released Wednesday.
The Mustangs, who went to 39-5 after splitting a twin-bill at Texas Woman's University Tuesday night in Denton, lost its first-place vote to Alabama-Huntsville (35-1-1) as the Chargers became the unanimous No. 1 after rolling to a 7-0 showing in the Gulf South Crossover.
Midwestern is one of eight teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the national poll joining No. 7 Angelo State, No. 14 Emporia State, No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha and No. 23 West Texas A&M while St. Mary's (Texas), Missouri Western and Southeastern Oklahoma State are receiving votes.
The Mustangs have carried a national ranking for each of the last 21 reporting periods dating back to last season spending 16 of those weeks in the Top 10.
Midwestern returns to Lone Star Conference North Division play with a three-game set against Central Oklahoma this weekend at Mustangs Park. The teams play a single game Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. before finishing the series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Mustangs Still #1 in South Central Rankings

Midwestern State maintained its hold on the top ranking in the South Central Region Wednesday afternoon as released by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.
The Mustangs moved to 39-5 with a split Tuesday night at Texas Woman's University, but has still been victorious in 12 of their last 14 games.
Midwestern leads a strong contingent from the Lone Star Conference as the league laid claim to six of the top nine spots in the ranking.
Not much changed at the top as No. 2 Angelo State (33-5), No. 3 Emporia State (30-7), No. 4 Nebraska-Omaha (34-6), No. 5 West Texas A&M (30-11), No. 6 St. Mary's (29-15) and No. 7 Southeastern Oklahoma (30-17) all maintained their respective posts.
Incarnate Word (21-18) moved into the rankings at No. 8 while Central Oklahoma (21-17) and Missouri Western (27-8) round out the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10.
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.